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Thirty-Six Bronxville School Students Chosen for All-County Music Ensembles PDF Print Email

Feb. 26, 2014:  Thirty-six Bronxville School students have been selected for All-County music ensembles by the Westchester County School Music Association (WCSMA) for its 2014 Elementary and Intermediate Festival concerts on March 8 and 9 at SUNY Purchase.

The Elementary Festival includes students in grades four through six.

Elementary Orchestra:  Selected for the Elementary Orchestra are fifth graders Henry Lynn (bass) and Elizabeth Murray and Rachel Roberts (violin) and sixth graders Yotaro Moriyasu (viola), Hailey Mullen (violin), Alexandria Paradise (cello), Sofia Ricciarini (violin), and Ellie Russo (bass).

Elementary Band:  Selected for the Elementary Band are sixth graders Finlay Boardman (trombone), Annabel Evison (trumpet), James Ferguson (French horn), and Theodore Sperber (trumpet).

Elementary Chorus:  Named to the Elementary Chorus are sixth graders Gaby Laval-Mullen, Natalia Morato, and Holly Ungvary (soprano) and Max Laval-Mullen, Xavier Layton, Anna Torres, and Luke Watkins (alto).

The Intermediate Festival includes students in grades seven through nine.

Intermediate Orchestra:  Selected for the Intermediate Orchestra are ninth grader Ali Gokhan (viola) and eighth grader Nate Moore (bass).

Intermediate Band:  Selected for the Intermediate Band are seventh graders Timothy Cushman (baritone saxophone) and Paul Magaud (flute) and ninth grader Michael Landy (named principal oboe).

Intermediate Chorus:  Named to the Intermediate Chorus are seventh grader Vance Wood (soprano), eighth graders Evelyn Kluemper (soprano), Hadley Barr and Nicole Torres (alto), Roberto Gandara, Griffin Garbarini, Quintin George, Ned McCann, Colin McCloskey, and Sam Powell (baritone), and ninth graders Jason Cushman and Niko Goutakolis (baritone).

The instrumentalists were chosen by WCSMA on the basis of auditions at last spring's NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Solo Festival, where they were required to perform a solo piece, sight-read, and play scales.

The singers were chosen by their school choral director on the basis of skills and interest.

Pictured here (rotating): Bronxville School All-County singers (L to R): front row: Gaby Laval-Mullen, Anna Torres, Holly Ungvary, and Natalia Morato; middle row: Colin McCloskey, Quintin George, Roberto Gandara, Ned McCann, Max Laval-Mullen, Nicole Torres, and Vance Wood; back row: Sam Powell, Griffin Garbarini, Jason Cushman, Niko Goutakolis, Hadley Barr, and Evelyn Kluemper. Missing: Xavier Layton and Luke Watkins. Bronxville School All-County instrumentalists (L to R): Alexandria Paradise, Henry Lynn, Ali Gokhan, Theodore Sperber, Hailey Mullen, Michael Landy, Sofia Ricciarini, Nate Moore, Annabel Evison, Timothy Cushman, Elizabeth Murray, Finlay Boardman, Ellie Russo, James Ferguson, Rachel Roberts, Yotaro Moriyasu, and Paul Magaud.

Photos courtesy Donna Devlin, Volunteer, Bronxville High School Music Department

Gala Benefit to Be Held March 1 at OSilas Gallery at Concordia College PDF Print Email

Feb. 26, 2014: A gala evening to benefit the OSilas Gallery at Concordia College will be held on Saturday, March 1, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the OSilas Gallery at Concordia College.

The benefit will feature a conversation with art collector Thomas Davies and music by the Concordia Camerata Strings. There will also be a silent auction. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served in the gallery beforehand.

Tickets start at $125.

For more information, contact Kathi Jahnke at 914-337-9300, ext. 2173.

Members of the honorary benefit committee are Vicki and Si Ford, co-chairs, Jean Hanson, Madeline Eckett Oden, Lisa Rao, Sarah Underhill, Sarah Vorbach, and Jayne Warman.

Members of the OSilas Gallery Advisory Board are Bart Bland, Hondi Brasco, Arnold Davis, Mike Fix, Judy Foley*, Vicki and Si Ford, Randy Frost, Chuck Little, Kathy Markel, Maggie Marrone*, Barnett Miller, Patti O'Shaugnessy*, Elena Patterson, Tina Staudt*, Elizabeth Vranka*, and Lisa Yokana. (Asterisks indicate members of benefit committee.)

The director of the OSilas Gallery is Kathi Jahnke. Shanley Hanlon is the manager of the gallery.

Bronxville Library Launches New Website: Learn Advantages PDF Print Email

Feb. 12, 2014:  It has been nearly a year in the making, but "well worth the wait," according to an early explorer. The trustees of the Bronxville Public Library are very pleased to present a new "visual identity" and website. The new logo and motto express the character of the library, with a strong sense of history and a fresh, clean look.

A shelf of books and the apple as a symbol of learning are time-honored emblems of libraries and education. For the Bronxville Public Library, these elements have been combined by talented designer Lis Herbert in an elegant, classic logo that acknowledges these traditions and associations and gives them contemporary appeal. The new motto, "Raise Your Mind," is adapted from the Richard Armour verse about libraries: "Here is where people, one frequently finds, lower their voices, and raise their minds."

Sarah Underhill, president of the library's board, explained: "We know that, increasingly, our patrons are not only entering the library through the doors of our beautiful Georgian brick building at the corner of Pondfield and Midland. You are also connecting to us from home and from your mobile devices."

She added, "Our new website will make those connections for you and will give you many options for exploring what's new in the world of books in general and our library in particular. We hope it will inspire you to visit the library for our array of programs and cultural events, to take advantage of the expertise of our librarians, or to settle in the reading room with a good book."

The new site is packed with information and inspiration. You can find out how to download books and music to your devices; navigate the Westchester Library System site; discover the research tools available to you; and get ideas for your next book from descriptions of the latest releases, award-winning titles, and staff picks. You can mark your calendar with the many outstanding programs sponsored by the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library and those created by staff for children and teens.

Library director Gabriella Radujko reported:  "The staff is excited about the many ways the new website can help us serve our patrons. The site is a window into all that BPL has to offer." 

Sarah Underhill continued:  "We were so fortunate to have Lis Herbert as our designer. Having grown up in Bronxville (Lis is Jayne Warman's daughter), she understands and appreciates the unique qualities of our village and library. The trustees feel she has captured the essence of the library with her graceful, clean design."

Explore the site, Bookmark it to your favorites. Check in frequently, as there will always be new recommendations, programs, and things you can learn about books and libraries.

And then head over to the corner of Pondfield and Midland!

Pictured here:  The new logo for the Bronxville Public Library.

Olympic Torch Passed from Child to Child at Bronxville Library; See Photos PDF Print Email

Feb. 12, 2014:  You don't have to travel to Sochi to take part in the Winter Olympics! This past Saturday, February 8, more than 50 children participated in the Bronxville Public Library's version of the 2014 Winter Olympics.  

The Olympic torch was passed from child to child as the children worked furiously to complete crafts that included painting Olympic rings and making laurel wreaths. 

A scavenger hunt to find letters to spell Sochi had the children searching the children's room from top to bottom. 

The favorite event of the day was the Olympian photo booth. All smiled as they took their turns atop the winner's podium wearing a giant gold medal and holding the Olympic torch up high.  

What was the best part of the afternoon? Every child went home a winner! Gold medals were awarded to all participating young Olympians. And who knows? There just may have been a future real Olympian in attendance!

For details about upcoming free library programs for children, call 914-337-7680, ext. 34, or visit

To see photos, click on this link: Winter Olympics for Kids at Bronxville Public Library

Pictured here:  Organizers of the Winter Olympics for Kids event at the Bronxville Public Library, Christine Utchel and Erin Schirota.

Photo above and photos in link by N. Bower

OSilas Gallery to Present Retrospective of Late 19th-Century and Early 20th-Century Paintings Starting February 12 PDF Print Email

Feb. 12, 2014:  The OSilas Gallery at Concordia College in Bronxville is proud to present the exhibition Artists in Depth: 19 Retrospectives from the Davies Family Collection, opening February 12 and running through mid-April. The exhibition will fill the gallery with 99 paintings.

The works span the late nineteenth century, along with a heavy concentration of works from the early twentieth century. It also includes contemporary work over a wide range of mediums and subjects.

An opening reception and gallery talk will take place on Wednesday, February 12, at 7:00 pm in the OSilas Gallery.

Featured artists include:  Frank Boggs, Dines Carlsen, John Costigan, Emile Gruppe, Aldro Hibbard, Felicie Waldo Howell, Max Kuehne, Hayley Lever, Alfred Mira, Frederick Mulhaupt, T.M. Nicholas, Tom Nicholas, Edward Potthast, William Lester Stevens, Gardner Symons, Harry Vincent, Frederick Waugh, Edwin Lord Weeks, and Guy Wiggins.

Each of these artists actively participated in influential art colonies, and many hail from the Cape Ann art colonies that still thrive today.

OSilas Gallery programming will continue to explore the concept of art colonies and their vital influence in the artistic community, beginning with the opening talk given by scholar and curator Kirsten M. Jensen, PhD., titled "Coastal Allure: American Artists and the Art Colony Experience." The gallery will continue this theme with visits to the Old Lyme Art Colony and Florence Griswold Museum in April.

The exhibition was assembled by Tom Davies and provides a unique spin on the concept of an exhibition--allowing visitors to view a minimum of four paintings per artist by a large number of artists. This private collection has never been on view to the public on this scale.

For more information on OSilas Gallery exhibitions and programming, please visit

Pictured here: Aldro T. Hibbard (1886–1972), Jeffersonville Winter, oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in.

Photo courtesy Shanley Hanlon, Gallery Manager, OSilas Gallery, Concordia College

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