By Pamela Stern
The Spring Creek Youth Symphony (SCYS) and the Abe Stark Primary School (PS) 346’s in school band culminated the school year with a virtual End of the Year Performance on Wednesday, June 24th via ZOOM. Orchestra lessons were offered virtually when NYC schools switched to distance learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
SCYC Conductor Mark Thrasher noted that parents were more involved with their children’s lessons while they were working remotely using Zoom. The parents were now helping the students record videos of themselves performing and learning how to upload their videos online and download them to Dropbox.
The opening number of the End of the Year Performance was the Spring Creek March, an original symphonic composition written specifically for the SCYS.
An additional concert was held on Thursday, July 2nd for SCYS’s families, featuring stellar solos by saxophonist, Fabrice Blanc and drummers Dominick Bonserio and Erik Aguero. SCT Teen Central member, Sara Fortunato accompanied by the orchestra dedicated a moving rendition of Amazing Grace to the memory of Assistant Judo Instructor Tyrick Smith-Carter
Closing the virtual concert was a rousing performance of Uptown Funk.
Screenshots by Amanda Moses