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LHS Continues to Offer Instrument Clinics to Student Musicians
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
The Liverpool High School Music Department continues to offer after-school instrument clinics taught by local college instructors and musicians.
Liverpool High School graduate and recent Liverpool Central School District Fine Arts Hall of Fame inductee Melissa Gardiner recently stopped by the high school to conduct a clinic with LHS trombone players. Gardiner earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Music from The Juilliard School, where she earned a full scholarship. She returned to the Syracuse area to teach trombone at Syracuse University, Cornell University and Le Moyne College. Gardiner has shared the stage with several notable artists such as Aretha Franklin, Geri Allen, Wycliffe Gordon, Gerald Wilson, Patti Austin, The Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and Vulfpeck. She is the bandleader for the internationally recognized jazz trio MG3 as well as the SAMMY award winning Second Line Syracuse Brass Band.
Dana DiGennaro, a member of the flute faculty at Le Moyne College and Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music, also conducted a clinic with LHS student musicians who play the flute. DiGennaro, a native of Southern California, received a master of music degree from the Mannes College of Music in New York City. There she was a recipient of a full-tuition scholarship awarded by the Damrosch Society. She has performed with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida; the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado; and for five years was the second flutist of the Westchester (New York) Symphony Orchestra. She performs frequently with Symphoria and also has played with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Albany Symphony. She is an active freelance musician and has played flute, alto flute, and piccolo with the touring company of the musicals Wicked, Peter Pan, and in 2016, Phantom of the Opera.