Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Alumnae Make Sweet Music With the Greater Nassau Chorus

In October 2009 Greater Nassau Chorus (GNC) of Baldwin, New York, earned a fourth place medal at the Sweet Adeline’s International 63rd Annual Convention and Competition held in Nashville, Tennessee, surpassing more than 600 choruses worldwide. Of the 85 members of GNC, eight are Hofstra University alumnae: Jennifer Esposito (B.A. ‘97), Judy Sanford Guise (B.A. ’68), Elisa Horowitz (M.A. ’90), Jennifer Jablonski (B.A. ’98), Loretta Peskin (B.B.A. ’82), Janet Prete (B.S. ’87), Susan Smith (M.S.Ed. ’75), and Elizabeth Talbot (M.A. ’05). Three other members have an affiliation with Hofstra: Callie Ferrand (professor, Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences), Sylvia Giallombardo (retired vice provost for academic affairs), and Lori Britt Horvath (Ph.D. candidate,
applied organizational psychology).

Several of the alumnae report that their experiences at Hofstra helped them succeed in GNC, whether it was musical knowledge they gained from singing with the Hofstra Collegium Musicum, playing with the Hofstra
University Symphonic Band, or simply the self-discipline, perseverance, and desire for challenge inspired by their professors. GNC maintains ties to Hofstra University by spending summers rehearsing at Dempster Hall and offering performances at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse. GNC also offers an annual Vocal Music Scholarship to deserving female high school seniors interested in pursuing their musical dreams by studying voice or music education in college. Greater Nassau Chorus regularly performs for the Long Island community and opens its doors to new members – including Hofstra alumni, students, and staff. For more information, visit greaternassauchorus.org.


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