EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- The Eastchester Music Boosters hosted a Career in the Arts event on June 3.
More than 65 people attended including students, parents and alumni, the evening was informative.
The Music Boosters invited Eastchester alumni who work or are studying in the arts, to speak about their career path, challenges and advice to current Eastchester students.
The evening was guided by Katherine Ness a music faculty member and included the following speakers:
- David Viviano, a parent in the district, who is the Chief Economist for SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists). He explained the economic context of the arts industries and the pros and cons of pursuing a performance arts career. Alumni in the audience could be seen nodding their heads in agreement with his commentary and advice.
- Mike McCann (Tauss), a 1972 alumnus and 41-year broadcast professional, shared the importance of finding a college that will lead to good training and opportunities in the field you have chosen.
- Kimberly Giannelli, a 2001 alumna, shared her experiences in the world of dance.
- Pierre Piscitelli, a 2009 alumnus and professional musician, stressed working hard on your craft, expanding your repertoire and being open to new opportunities.
- Brandon Salerno, a 2012 alumnus, is a professional actor. He stressed auditioning, auditioning, auditioning - even for things you don’t want.
- Rebecca Fix, a 2011 alumna, shared experiences in college and her path to fulfilling her dream to be a music teacher, emphasizing the importance of taking things in stride and making the most of what your college and industry offer.
- Emily Meneghin, a 2011 alumna, has written two plays that she is working to bring to life and stressed the importance of being open minded and flexible about the future.
- Gina Zohar, one of our wonderful art teachers, concluded the presentations with a life story that underscored the need to always be at your best, do every job well no matter how small.