CS 55 Students Performing at YouTube Headquarters
2022-2023: A YEAR OF MUSIC AND CELEBRATION
This year was marked by a series of special public performances, community celebrations, career development opportunities for students, and citywide recognition for our innovation and impact.
PERFORMING AT THE ICONIC APOLLO THEATER
On December 1, 2022, ETM partner students gave a special performance at the Apollo Theater. The Ralph Bunche choir from partner school P.S. 125 in Harlem was invited by Mastercard to perform at the exclusive Netflix film screening of Descendant, a documentary that follows descendants of the survivors from the Clotilda, the last ship that carried enslaved Africans to the United States, as they reclaim their story. Introduced by NYC Schools Chancellor David Banks, the choir opened the evening with a powerful and moving rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” to the audience of educators and community members, and received an overwhelming standing ovation.
The students' performance and voices were featured on NBC New York’s “Positively Black,” a weekly series that highlights health and education issues, and social and cultural programs in the Black community.
BRINGING HOLIDAY CHEER TO YOUTUBE
This winter, students from ETM partner school C.S. 55 in the Bronx were invited to the YouTube offices in Manhattan to give a memorable holiday performance.
Led by incredible ETM Teacher Arielle Lewis, the students brought so much joy to the space through their songs and ukuleles.
The students even received a surprise visit from artist Lola Brooke, who shared with them her experiences building a successful career in the music industry. A 4th grade student shared that it was the “very, very best field trip hands down!”
SINGING AT THE TOP OF NEW YORK CITY
Students from ETM partner school M.S. 180 in the Bronx were invited by The Durst Organization to perform a special holiday concert in the Sky Lobby of One World Trade Center.
The audience was overwhelmed by the skill and achievement of the talented middle school choir as they brought holiday cheer to the space through a medley of traditional and contemporary songs.
CAREER DAY AT WARNER MUSIC GROUP
High school students from partner school The Laboratory School of Finance & Technology in the Bronx participated in a special Career Day at the headquarters of Warner Music Group.
The immersive day began with the students delighting Warner staff with a bucket drumming performance, a beautiful duet, and pieces performed by the group’s instrumental ensemble.
An engaging series of panel discussions with Warner senior leaders and representatives followed, providing students with the opportunity to gain knowledge about various aspects of the music industry and career tracks that may be of interest to them.
ETM RECEIVES COVETED NYC IMAGINE AWARD
This year, ETM was honored to be the recipient of the Arts & Culture Award at the 2nd Annual NYC Imagine Awards.
With nearly 250 applications submitted for consideration in five categories, ETM was selected because of its significant impact on underserved students in under-resourced schools across New York City through its innovative programming.
Board members Waleed Diab and Manoj Susarla and CEO Janice Weinman accepted the award.
HS 223 in the Bronx performs at Warner Music Group
Ralph Bunche Choir performs at the Apollo Theater
Music Technology Class