2016/2017 Funding Requests

We have pledged $10,000 to support teacher funding requests for the 2016/2017 school year.  

Requests are vetted by the Director of Fine and Performing Arts to determine whether they 

met our criteria and whether alternative sources of funding were available.  

Thanks to generous donors, we are pleased to have been able to approve the following requests:


Sculpture Residency - $150

Sea Cliff sculptor (and NSHS alum) Maxim Schidlovsky provides week long in-class residency to support High School art students in fine tuning their pottery wheel technique.    See more.

Requested by Sara Cano Black, HS Art Teacher


Digital Camera - $447

For use by photography students at the High School.   See more.

Requested by Sara Cano Black, HS Art Teacher


HS Madrigals Concert Venue - $350

Rental fee for performance space for year-end concert by the North Shore High School Madrigals. See more.  

Requested by Jared Berry, HS Choral Director


Carnegie Hall Performance - $775

Provide students with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform on one of the most iconic stages in the world. North Shore's student musicians will be the only middle schoolers to perform in this presentation that otherwise features high school students.  See more.

Requested by Eric Mordhorst, MS Band Director


Manhattan Theatre Club Residency $1,160

 Artist-in-residency program for High School IB Theater students, including in-school classes and 

student attendance at matinee of MTC performance.  See more.

Request managed annually by Michael Kleba, HS Theater Teacher


On-Going Initiatives 


Instrument Purchases

Our on-going "Boost the Bass" large instrument purchase initiative aims to buy 70 instruments over five years.

 (Update: As of 2016/17, we've assisted the district in purchasing 24 instruments!) see details

Requested by District Music Department


Self-Funded Programs


Musicians Dinner

Annual year-end celebration honoring our talented HS musicians. Funded by the students' families. 

Requested by High School Music Teachers


Tech Week Meals

Provide and serve snacks and  meals to students participating in extra curricular theater programs during the final week of late rehearsals. 

Funded by the students' families. 

Requested by High School Theater Advisor


North Shore Arts Angels Inc.

2016/17 Estimated Expenditures


Insurance = $1,554

PO Box = $61

Roses = $862 + Specialty Chocolates = $1,680 *

Box Office Software Lease = $1,740 *

PayPal Membership = $360 *


(* offset by dedicated fundraising)


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2015/2016 Funding Requests


We pledged $10,000 to support teacher funding requests for the 2015/2016 school year.  

These requests were vetted by the Director of Fine and Performing Arts to determine whether they 

met our criteria and whether alternative sources of funding were available.  

Thanks to generous donors, we are pleased to have been able to approve the following requests:


Bash the Trash Assemblies - $1,730

As part of an interdisciplinary program with third grade classroom teachers and music teachers in Sea Cliff Elementary School to investigate with students ways to live 'green' this group of musicians, who make instruments out of readily available recyclable materials, will give two assemblies (K-2 and 3-5) that will include performances by students on instruments they made themselves.  See more.

Requested by Ashley Hassett-Bordes, SC Music Teacher


Orchestra Choreography - $835

In a year that featured a music tour to Cuba, students in the High School orchestra have been studying Latin music, including pieces composed specifically to accompany or facilitate dancing. To enable full expression of the intent of the musical selections and highlight dance as an expressive art form, a choreographer who specializes in Latin dance instruction will work with student volunteers on dance performances to accompany certain selections performed by the High School orchestra during the spring concert.  See more.

Requested by Jason Domingo - HS Orchestra Director


Tri-M Broadway Field Trip - $470

Students in the High School Tri-M music society, as part of an exploration of musical styles in performance and careers in music, will attend a performance of "Fiddler on the Roof." The event is partly funded through Tri-M dues, but additional funds were requested to support affordable tickets and appropriate transportation to and from the event.  See more.

Requested by Jodie Larsen - Tri-M Advisor


Negative Scanners - $382

Specialty equipment used daily in the High School photo lab to enable digital manipulation of scanned negatives.  

Four Epson scanners are to be purchased to replace two that are no longer serviceable after many years of use by photography students. See more.

Requested by Lynn Johnson, HS Photography Teacher


Yamaha Harmony Director & Stand - $1,460 

A comprehensive tool that brings harmony training, rhythm training and ensemble timing together in one device. It enables music educators to clearly demonstrate pure temperaments and for students to learn how to tune individual notes within chords, so that entire chords may be tuned. The HD-200 Harmony Director helps musicians understand how each part fits into the complete harmony of the ensemble. see details

Requested by Eric Mordhorst, MS Band Teacher


World Drumming Day Master Drum Clinics - $200

North Shore Middle School students worked with Master Teacher John Ward, aka Jembe John, of CW Post, to celebrate World Drumming Day.

Teacher Bryce Larsen is organizing a World Drumming Team at the MS open to all students.  Those in attendance at the master clinics learned to

play two parts of "Fanga" a Liberian rhythm, and to play the Guinean "Dunun" drums.

See videos from the sessions here

Requested by MS Music Teacher Bryce Larsen


Manhattan Theatre Club Residency $900

 Artist-in-residency program for High School Theater Arts Studio Class, including in-school classes and 

student attendance at matinee of MTC performance.  

Request managed annually by Michael Kleba, HS Theater Teacher


Sand Sculpture Master Class  $800

North Shore Arts Angels is pleased for a third year to bring back to the High School as a visiting artist Andy Gertler of the Sea Cliff-based Sand Castle University. Mr. Gertler, a sought after artist whose work has been featured around the world, will work with students in the sand sculpture classroom in the courtyard adjacent to the High School art rooms.  This outdoor teaching space was developed, in part, with funds raised by the Arts Angels booster club.

Request submitted by High School Art Teacher Sara Black-Cano


Self-Funded Initiatives

We also consider requests for event-specific fundraising - or self-funded initiatives.  This year, we are pleased to support the HS Music Performance Tour of Cuba and to provide long-sought portable mirrors to aid in performing arts training at the High School.  These initiatives were funded by specific events.


Cuba Performance Tour "Danza Cubana" Event - $5,000+

North Shore Arts Angels is proud to support the upcoming performance tour of Cuba by 90 high school musicians, their teachers and chaperones.

Our district is among the first to send students on an educational tour of Cuba since the recent thaw of diplomatic relations.  Our volunteers assisted in setting up "Danza Cubana" a kickoff party for the tour at the American Legion Hall in Glen Head on October 24.  Over 130 people attended, including students, their parents and grandparents.The event featured a special performance by the HS Jazz Septet and celebrated Cuban culture with Latin dance instruction and Cuban cuisine amid tropical decor loaned by the NSHS Theatre Department. 

Requested by HS Music Teachers Jason Domingo, Michael Kerschner and David Soto

Supported entirely by event-specific underwriting, donations and gifts!


Portable Lightweight Non-Glass Mirrors $2,920

 Being able to see yourself in rehearsal is an important element of instruction in performing arts - especially theater and dance.  That is why rehearsal rooms generally have mirrored walls.  At North Shore, the theater program uses various locations in the high school and middle school for rehearsals making fixed mirrors impractical.  Used by theater and dance companies around the world, lightweight, portable non-glass mirrors provide a solution to the problems posed by transporting large mirrors.  Made from mylar stretched over a sturdy, but light aluminum frame, these mirrors have the same reflective quality as glass, but are a fraction of the weight and pose no breakage hazard (or seven years of bad luck!)  Funding covers the purchase of six borderless, non-glass mirrors each 4 feet wide and 6 feet tall set on a wheeled base with locking casters for a total of 24 linear feet of mirrors.  Equipment can easily be stored and moved as needed, making them ideal to share among the Viking Masquers, Pulse Dance Team and Summer Theater Workshop.

Request submitted by Summer Theater Workshop Artistic Director Terry Berliner

Supported by Halloween Costume Sale on October 17


Costume Fundraiser = $3,500 plus $6,000 in rental credits

For many years, Arts Angels volunteers have maintained the district's large collection of costumes made by student members of the HS and MS costume crews and volunteers, or have been donated or otherwise procured for use in school shows.  Having a large collection to draw from, reduces the need to rent costumes for productions.  Costumes from district's collection also were made available for rental to other schools and non-profit community groups as an on-going fundraiser for Arts Angels.  In 2016, the district decided to relocate the costumes from a storage space in the old bus depot at the GWL school to a smaller space at the HS. While the move means we can keep far fewer costumes, those that remain will be more accessible to students working on shows.  To reduce the size of the collection, Arts Angels coordinated a costume sale in October 2016, and plan another for October 2017.  The first sale netted $3,500 in cash, which was used to purchase rehearsal room mirrors, rolling garment racks and new boxes to improve storage of props and costume accessories.  Some costumes were donated to the Costume Collection of the Theater Development Fund, a non-profit organization that provides low-cost rental costumes for educational theater programs throughout the area.  In exchange for the donated items, North Shore received credit for $6,000 in future rentals from TDF, good for about 100 costumes.  Typically, we rent 20-30 costumes for big musical and 10-20 for a play, so the rental credit will make it possible for the district to rent costumes free of charge for a least a few years.  See more.  Many thanks to all who volunteered to assist with this initiative. 

Request coordinated by Julia Brennan 


Instrument Purchases

Our on-going "Boost the Bass" large instrument purchase initiative aims to buy 70 instruments over five years. (Update: As of 2015/16, we've assisted the district in purchasing 24 instruments!) see details


Independent Programs

North Shore Arts Angels, Inc. also seeks to develop independent programs to fill in gaps in arts education for district students and residents.  These programs may be funded by a combination of fees, tuitions, donations and targeted fundraising.  Additional programs are in the works.


Summer Theater Workshop  - $35,000 from alumni + $10,000 from Arts Angels

North Shore Arts Angels was pleased to have been able to revive the district's Summer Theater Workshop, which ran for nearly 42 years before being cut from the budget over a decade ago. Over 130 alumni took part in a June 2013 musical revue marking the 50th anniversary of the program that raised $35,000 to pay expenses for the revival. Arts Angels provided an additional $10,000 and accepted donations specifically for the program.  Those funds, along with tuitions and ticket sales to performances, enabled us to hire an incredible team of theater professionals to run the program from June to August in 2015 under a license agreement with the school district.  Twenty-five students participated in two productions — a concert of new works by prominent musical theater composers, and two performances of 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.'  The program also employed 10 college students (including many NS Alumni) pursuing careers in the theater or in the arts and provided opportunities for 15 community and student volunteers.  If there is demand for running the program again, we will do so in the summer of 2017.

Requested by HS Theater Teacher Michael Kleba and Summer Theater Workshop Artistic Director Terry Berliner








North Shore Arts Angels Inc.

2015/16 Estimated Expenditures


Insurance = $1,554

PO Box = $61

Roses = $862 + Specialty Chocolates = $1,680 *

Box Office Software Lease = $1,740 *

PayPal Membership = $360 *


(* offset by dedicated fundraising)