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.

Past Performers at Portledge...


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 Jason Reese

    Jason Reese 

    Music and Chorus Teacher
    (516) 750-3162