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Student and Faculty Talent Featured at Oyster Bay Music Festival

A talented contingent of nine Hofstra students and two faculty members from the Music Department are participating in the third season of the Oyster Bay Music Festival (OBMF), an intensive musical immersion for aspiring performers that takes place amid a busy schedule of free, public performances. The Festival, planned for June 28-July 6, features the talents of 35 high-level, classically trained musicians, ranging in age from 11-24, hailing from communities throughout Long Island and greater New York. The goal is to build connections between aspiring performers, new audiences, and unusual venues.

Students have the opportunity to train with expert faculty, rehearsing solo and chamber music, and take seminars on audition preparation, performance psychology, body awareness, and performance presentation. Students spend part of each day performing for live audiences. The festival has scheduled 20 public events during the week at a variety of venues, as well as six programs at senior centers and several “pop-up” concerts in the village.

Sarah Hoover (right) with her Oyster Bay Music Festival colleagues Lauren Ausubel and Pippa Borisy  (photos by Gail Singer,Mod Patrol Studios)
Sarah Hoover (r) with her Oyster Bay Music Festival colleagues Lauren Ausubel and Pippa Borisy (photos by Gail Singer, Mod Patrol Studios)

Hofstra students performing are Ashley Barnes of Central Islip, NY; Joseph Brigandi of Medford, NY; Christina Cinnamo of Franklin Square, NY; Ryan Hayward of Rochester, NH; Alexandra Lambraia of Garden City, NY; Marilyn Oliver of Skaneateles, NY; Taryn Sandkuhl of Levittown, NY; Elizabeth Sarian of Plainview, NY; and Kristina Shafranski of East Meadow, NY.

Sarah Adams Hoover, Hofstra adjunct assistant professor of music, is executive director of the Festival, and Tammy Hensrud, adjunct associate professor of music, is a master class presenter. Also participating is Hofstra alumnus George Hemcher ’11, who serves in the Music Department as music director for opera scenes.

While Hofstra students will be participating in many concert events throughout the Festival (particularly in the evenings), all of them are scheduled to appear in the following concerts:

*Tuesday, July 1, 6-9 p.m.: “Vintage Cars, Vintage Music,”as part of Oyster Bay’s famed Cruise Night, at 20th Century Cycles, 101 Aubrey Avenue.

*Thursday, July 3, 7:30 p.m.: “I Hear America Singing,” an early musical celebration of Independence Day at Christ Church, 61 East Main Street.

*Saturday, July 5, 6-7:30 p.m.: “Songs of the Sea,” classical music inspired by the sea nestled beside the beautiful Ida May Project at The Waterfront Center, 1 West End Avenue.

For an up-to-date schedule of festival events, visit

All concerts are free and open to the public. Support is provided in part by Steinway & Sons and The Joel Foundation.


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