Strong Minds. Kind Hearts.

Click above to watch "Flight School" featuring a backstage look at our production of Mary Poppins. You can read more in the related article from the February Edition of our Monthly E-Letter, Among Friends.


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Join us for this year's Middle School Production

April 19th at 7pm and April 20th at 7pm

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Spotlight on the Arts

In Honors Arts program, students dive into performance and process

Honors Arts wrapped up the year with final presentations and an unbelievable field trip! At the core of this student-centered learning program is the opportunity for participants to propose and execute artistic projects. After students present their projects, they speak about their process from idea, to research, to completion – including reflection about best practices and challenges.  

Students were inspired by a wide variety of real world events such as the Parkland School tragedy, and more personal inspiration from their own lives. Student projects included music, writing, dance, playwriting and directing, visual and digital art. The day after presentations, we took a field trip into the city. The first person we met was John Leguizamo. This groundbreaking theater practitioner, writer and artist changed the way we look at theater, and the way we look at artistic practices. From there the day unfolded a tour of cutting edge artists and artwork from a variety of genres.

Congratulations to the students involved for making the most of your opportunities to grow and learn!

Middle School Arts Week

This week Middle School students will take over the Dolan Center for an intensive study of artistic practice.  This year, the Middle School Play is Starry Messenger. The play is about Galileo’s life and discoveries. For three days students will be engaged in a series of workshops that use the arts to help us understand how our brains work and how to develop practice and habits that help us become the explorers and discoverers of tomorrow  and how, as students, we can all be Galileos!

About OriginalWorks – mature themes, parental guidance required for students 6th and younger

This Friday night, March 23 will be an evening of sharing of the creative work our Upper School students have done in the areas of Playwriting and Directing, Choreography, Composition and Film.

We ask the students to find their artistic voice and share it through their work.  Very few subjects are off limits. Therefore, the material will include themes and some language that will not be suitable for all ages. We do not generally recommend this show for Lower and Middle School Students. 

Parents of students 6th grade and below:  If you choose to have your child attend, they should be accompanied by a parent who is ready to have frank and open discussions about issues that our older students are confronting and wrestling with. 7th and 8th grade parents, we also recommend you accompany your child to this sharing.

Thank you for your support of our older student's creative work and supporting us in giving them an appropriate outlet to share it thoughtfully with our community. 

– Tracey Foster

Summer at Friends

The Artist’s Institute: Creative Projects is back with EVEN MORE programming this summer.

This summer AI: Creative Projects is offering THREE specialized programs!

  • High School students can sign up for, Creative Projects: NYC or Creative Projects: Musical Theater Audition Intensive.
  • Students in Grades 5 – 8 have Creative Projects: Exploring Musical Theater to look forward to. Read on for more information on all three programs!

Click here for more information. To learn more contact Pia Fleischmann at The Artist’s Institute headquarters. Email:  Phone: 516-393-4289 

Posters of Peace

Digital Arts students in grades 8 and 9 created posters inspired by the American Friends Service Committee Banners which are currently on display in the gallery upstairs. For this project, each student chose a quote that reflected an issue of concern. They then captured a photograph that related to the text and/or offered visual interest to the overall composition. Students were then introduced to Adobe Photoshop as they integrated their text with the image.

Sign up for MS Play, "Starry Messenger"; Auditions Feb. 27th and 28th

Sign-ups close this Friday, Feb. 16th for the 2018 Middle School Play. This year's production is Starry Messenger, the story of Galileo Galilei, the scientist who sought out answers to the universe's greatest mysteries, even though everyone around him tried to discourage his curiosity.

Any interested student who signs up and can commit to the schedule gets to be a part of the show. 

Please fill out this sign-up form to participate. Sign-ups end Friday, Feb. 16th.

Auditions – Tues. Feb. 27 & Wed. Feb. 28

Students should sign up and attend ONE of the two days. Due to the Frost Valley trip, eighth graders auditioning must attend Tuesday, February 27th. Auditions last from 3:30 – 5:30 pm.  All audition materials will be provided, and students do not need to prepare anything.

Rehearsals & Schedule (2 to 5 days a week)

Everyone will have a set rehearsal schedule, rehearsing between two and five days a week, with full cast rehearsals on three Fridays (3/9, 3/16 & 4/13). In addition to Fridays, students will have a set schedule of one to four additional weekdays, depending on the role they are cast in. 

If you have limited availability, we may not be able to accommodate your schedule. Please indicate on the sign-up form which days you are available for rehearsal.

Students interested in signing up for the Technical Crew do not need to attend auditions. But you must fill out the permission slip.

Mary Poppins is coming!

Watch the all-school cast rehearsal of "Step In Time."

"Mary Poppins" rehearsals are going really well! On any given day, students are scattered throughout a variety of rooms learning dances, adding harmonies to songs or bringing their characters to life in an acting scene. On stage, the music is accompanied by the sound of hammers and nails as the set nears completion. Last week, actors and the flight crew spent four rehearsals in flight school, learning how to fly. Behind the stage in Studio 11, the whirring of sewing machines has picked up speed, as we style wigs, craft headpieces, and construct the kites.

The show opens (next week!) Thursday, Feb. 8th and Friday, Feb. 9th at 7:30 pm. and Saturday, Feb. 10th at 2:00 & 7:30 pm. Fun for the whole family!


NYSSMA Registration for Grades 3-12 due by Thursday, Jan. 25th

Students in 3rd through 12th grade who take private music lessons are eligible to participate in the NYSSMA Solo Festival in March.  The Solo Festival is a wonderful opportunity for serious music students to receive an independent evaluation of their abilities.  This is also the first step to All County and All State eligibility.  

To register for the 2017 NYSSMA Festival, please click here or visit the NYSSMA section of the FA website. Registration must be complete by Thursday, January 25th. NOTE: Please fill out a separate registration form for each student and for each event.

Congratulations to all of FA's All County performers!

Over a dozen students from all three divisions participated in the New York State School Music Association’s All County Festival. Students were selected based on their scores in the Solo Festival last spring.

All County students must learn three to five selections on their own, working with FA teachers and their private teachers. They then join students from schools all over Nassau County at three 4-hour rehearsals, where they have the opportunity to work with guest conductors, who include college professors and professional conductors. Students then perform on the stage at the Tilles Center at one of nine concerts that happen over the first two weekends in January.

It is an exciting opportunity for students to work in large ensembles and feel the power of music as it fills the Tilles Center, which is filled to capacity with over 2,000 people. Congratulations to our students on this wonderful accomplishment!

Join Lama Tenzin Yignyen for morning meditation

This week, we welcome the return of ordained Buddhist monk and professor Lama Tenzin Yignyen Monday, Jan. 8 through Friday, Jan. 12. For the last three years, Lama Tenzin has been gracing us with his presence in order to teach compassion and peace through sand mandala painting. Watch this video to find out more.  

Lama Tenzin will be holding a series of events that the FA community is welcome to attend:

  • Tues. Jan 9th-Fri. Jan. 12th: Morning meditations - Dolan Center Atrium at 8:30 a.m.
  • Wed. Jan. 10th: Lunch and Learn - Art Studio from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Fri. Jan 12th: Dismantling Ceremony - Dolan Center Atrium at 10:20 a.m.

Please join us!