On campus, students are treated to world-class professional performance ensembles including the Grammy Award Winning Flor de Toloache, Grammy-nominated Hip-Hop artist Christylez Bacon, the Calder Quartet, the Raya Brass Band, Sidewalk Chalk, the Imani Winds, composer/conductor/pianist David Wiley of the Long Island Philharmonic, the Manhattan Brass, Sweet Plantain Latin string quartet, clarinetist Igor Begelman, percussionist Brian Slawson, and Frank London with his Klezmer musicians.


Portledge students participate in Music and perform at every school level, beginning with classroom instruction and singing in Lower School. Instrumental lessons commence in fourth grade, and performance groups are formed in Middle School. Chorus, Concert Band, Jazz Combo, and Orchestra are offered in Middle and Upper School. Additional courses in music include Digital Music Production, Solo Repertoire Performance, Music Theory/Survey, and a rigorous two-year advanced IB Music Theory/Performance course. Student performances are highlighted on campus with winter and spring concerts. Off-campus, Lower, Middle, and Upper School musicians entertain in a variety of locations, from senior and rehabilitation centers to local arboretums.

At Portledge, Upper School students may participate in both performance and academic courses to help them earn the designation of Musical Arts Scholar upon graduation. The music department utilizes ProTools and Finale in the new Recording Studio along with the Mac Media Lab, and its teachers are members of NMEA (Nassau Music Educators Association), LISFA (Long Island String Festival Association) and NAfME (the National Association for Music Education), giving students access to NYSSMA, All-County, LISFA, All-State, and All-Eastern Festivals.

Upcoming Performers

January 21, 2020

Warp Trio

Described as "A talented group that exemplifies the genre-obliterating direction of contemporary classical music (Columbia Free Times)", Warp Trio is an Internationally touring cross-genre chamber music experience. Reflecting the combination of Juilliard trained members juxtaposed with members steeped in rock and jazz styles, the one of a kind trio (that even has a fourth member!) can be seen performing classical works in prestigious halls on the same tour where they headline a standing room only show at a rock venue. In addition to their electrifying public performances, they have gained a reputation for their innovative educational workshops with students from grade school through university level.
Maintaining a busy performance schedule, Warp has performed hundreds of concerts all across the United States, in addition to tours throughout The United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland, Holland, Germany, and the Caribbean. Highlights of recent seasons include, headlining performances at The LEM Festival for Experimental Music in Barcelona, the Sold-Out World premiere of their Triple Concerto for Piano Trio and Orchestra with the New York City based Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, and being one of the honored recipients of a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant.


List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Jeffrey Suzda

    Jeffrey Suzda 

    Department Head, Music
    (516) 750-3128
  • Photo of Michael Schwartz

    Michael Schwartz 

    (516) 750-3190
  • Photo of Rebekah Yahoves

    Rebekah Yahoves 

    (516) 750-3127
  • Photo of Eden White

    Eden White 


Past Performers at Portledge...