Save the Date:
Please join us for our 2019 fundraiser, scheduled for
Tuesday April 30th at Crest Hollow Country Club
Tuesday April 30th at Crest Hollow Country Club
Our 2019 honorees:
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Lauren Brandt Schloss joined Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts in 2015 as the nonprofit’s third Executive Director.
Previously, as Executive Vice President at New York¹s Studio in a School—the city¹s largest visual arts education organization—she oversaw the fundraising, marketing, public relations, finance, human resources and information technology for programs annually serving more than 30,000 children at more than 200 sites. Prior to that position, as Director of Education at the Queens Museum, she created the largest education program in the country for adult immigrants, serving communities in more than 10 languages, as well as designing, managing and assessing programs in museums as well as libraries and schools for K-12 schoolchildren, educators, youth, families, seniors and people with special needs. Her work experience also includes time in education with the Museum of Modern Art and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy.
Ms. Schloss has amassed a distinguished record of accomplishments over her 20-plus year career in arts education including the creation of the highest quality artistic experiences for an enormous variety of communities diverse in ability, nationality, race, economics and age. She implemented these by short and long term educational and awareness projects with more than 100 living, practicing artists, ranging from emerging international artists to some of the most famous living artists of our time; by an approach to arts learning involving collaboration and partnerships, with more than 100 schools, public libraries, universities and cultural organizations in all arts disciplines; and by a commitment to consistently being on the forefront of educational and artistic practices.
Complementing her career in the visual arts is Ms. Schloss¹s love for the performing arts as she studied in-school, out-of-school, and at summer camp, the disciplines of dance, musical theater, theater production, violin, and piano. A native of Cherry Hill NJ, she earned a B.A. in Art History from Princeton University, an M.A. in Arts Administration from Columbia University, and has completed further graduate work in Art History at the City University of New York.
Ms. Schloss lives in Manhattan with her husband, their 14 year-old daughter and 11 year-old son.
Christopher Neske is currently in his 13th year of teaching at East Islip High School in Islip Terrace where he conducts the concert band and wind ensemble. Chris began his career teaching sixth grade band at East Islip Middle School and has also taught music theory and AP Music Theory. In addition to his teaching duties, he is also an advisor of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, conducts the pit orchestra, and directs the pep and parade bands. Chris also currently serves as Secondary Vice President of the East Islip Teachers’ Association and is a delegate to the New York State United Teachers and American Federation of Teachers. After serving as a chairperson, Assistant Vice President, and later Vice President for Festivals, Chris began his tenure as President of the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association (SCMEA) in July 2018.
Chris regularly performs with the Atlantic Wind Symphony, the Nassau-Suffolk Alumni Band, and has also performed with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and Sound Symphony. In 2013 and 2018 he guest conducted the Nassau Music Educators’ Association (NMEA) Division I Band. Chris also co-chairs the Suffolk County All-County orchestra and serves as a rehearsal conductor for the ensemble each year. He has served on the faculty of the Ithaca College Summer Music Academy for the past eight years as the double reed instructor, beginning conducting techniques teacher, and Wind Ensemble conductor.
Chris received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Oboe Performance from Ithaca College in 2006 and a Master of Arts degree from Stony Brook University in 2009. His primary oboe teachers were Dr. Paige Morgan and Dr. Keri McCarthy, and he has performed in master classes with Nancy Ambrose King, Jonathan Blumenfeld, and David Weiss. He studied conducting with Dr. Stephen Peterson, Dr. Elizabeth Peterson, and Timothy Reynish and has participated in conducting master classes with Richard Clary, Steve Davis, and Mallory Thompson.
LICC young Philanthropist
LICC will again honor one of our own singers.
We are looking for an LICC member who not only loves music but demonstrates a passion for community service that is in line with our Choir for a Cause mission.
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