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Tom Karolyi Music Scholarship Fund

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Thomas L Karolyi, master music teacher, exceptional musician, and unforgettable human being, passed away peacefully on September 8, 2018.  Tom  was the "father" of the Huntington Schools Orchestra program beginning in 1965 and established numerous concerts and music groups at Huntington High School that still continue to this day.  A respected mentor to every music teacher and professional colleague who had the honor of working alongside him, Tom will be remembered for his musical talent, good nature, and his inspirational advice and guidance that brought out the best in everyone. 

To honor his legacy, Tom's family has established the Tom Karolyi Music Scholarship Fund.  A $1000 scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving Huntington High School Senior who demonstrates excellence in string performance, academic achievement, and leadership qualities.  

Please help us keep Tom's memory alive!  Any and all donations are welcome!

Family of Thomas L Karolyi
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Hi everyone, see photos of the 1st recipient of the Tom Karolyi Annual Music Scholarship Award, Huntington High School graduating Senior Arielle Harvey! Read Arielle's winning essay below:

"Music has played a major role in who I am today. Being a musician for the past thirteen years has help me grow in many ways. Starting at the age of six my teacher, Yonitte Ryger, a Juilliard graduate, inspired me by using her talent and passion for the violin. She exposed me to great string composers like Mozart, Vivaldi, and Haydn.
Each week I was eager to attend lessons. I worked hard on scales and etudes trying my best to master the variety of bowing exercises and fingerings I was given. I remember my first New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) experience, Vivaldi's
Violin Concerto in A minor, a solo violinist classic. Other than the yearly recitals my private teacher held, this was one of the first times I played for a judge.

Soon thereafter, my parents and teacher realized that I was serious about the violin. I auditioned and was accepted to the Children's Orchestra Society (COS) and the Gemini Youth Orchestras (GYO). Participation in these groups gave me the opportunity to work with talented teachers conductors and likeminded students. During concert cycles, I would look forward to performing at Lincoln center. The variety of performance venues allowed me to have experiences like those of professional musicians. Certainly,
these opportunities grew my passion, love and appreciation for the violin.

A major step in my music career was my audition to the Mannes pre-college program for music. Every week at Mannes, I learned something new which helped mold
me and make better understand the language music. At Mannes, under the direction of my teacher Arik Braude, I was exposed to challenging pieces and I began to hone my skills as violinist. This year I decided to take a conducting class. I knew it would be difficult but conducting is something I've had an interest in since I began playing in an orchestra. In this class I learned everything from the basics of conducting, to studying
scores, as well as performing Act II of the Opera La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi. Joining this class, in conjunction with having a career internship in orchestra, made me realize that I would like to continue studying and sharing my knowledge of music with others. Therefore, after graduation I plan on attending Queens College with a major in Music Education at the Aaron Copland School of Music.

Music has taught me to respect others and treat others with kindness. These are two important characteristics that should be used in all aspects life. Music is an art, an
expression of compassion, and having respect for others is one of the most important qualities a person can have. Being a part of a group can increase your level of success. You may disagree with the opinions of others, but you must respect how they feel. Being respectful is not only listening, but it is also being patient. I demonstrate these values by listening to others while they are speaking. It is okay to disagree but it's important to view and understand the opinions others. listening to a group member make a suggestion, having respect and being kind to others allows you to learn, grow, and succeed."
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Dear everyone: we have 2 exciting announcements to share: 1) we raised $9500 towards the Tom Karolyi Music Scholarship fund which is enough for the next 9 years (!), and 2) we have selected the winner of the 1st Annual Tom Karolyi Scholarship Music Award - Huntington High School (HHS) graduating senior Arielle Harvey! Arielle is truly deserving of the $1000 scholarship award as she pursues a degree in music from Queens College (Tom's Alma Mater!). Arielle's winning essay is below:

"Music has played a major role in who I am today. Being a musician for the past thirteen years has help me grow in many ways. Starting at the age of six my teacher, Yonitte Ryger, a Juilliard graduate, inspired me by using her talent and passion for the violin. She exposed me to great string composers like Mozart, Vivaldi, and Haydn.
Each week I was eager to attend lessons. I worked hard on scales and etudes trying my best to master the variety of bowing exercises and fingerings I was given. I remember my first New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) experience, Vivaldi's
Violin Concerto in A minor, a solo violinist classic. Other than the yearly recitals my private teacher held, this was one of the first times I played for a judge.

Soon thereafter, my parents and teacher realized that I was serious about the violin. I auditioned and was accepted to the Children's Orchestra Society (COS) and the Gemini Youth Orchestras (GYO). Participation in these groups gave me the opportunity to work with talented teachers conductors and likeminded students. During concert cycles, I would look forward to performing at Lincoln center. The variety of performance venues allowed me to have experiences like those of professional musicians. Certainly,
these opportunities grew my passion, love and appreciation for the violin.

A major step in my music career was my audition to the Mannes pre-college program for music. Every week at Mannes, I learned something new which helped mold
me and make better understand the language music. At Mannes, under the direction of my teacher Arik Braude, I was exposed to challenging pieces and I began to hone my skills as violinist. This year I decided to take a conducting class. I knew it would be difficult but conducting is something I've had an interest in since I began playing in an orchestra. In this class I learned everything from the basics of conducting, to studying
scores, as well as performing Act II of the Opera La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi. Joining this class, in conjunction with having a career internship in orchestra, made me realize that I would like to continue studying and sharing my knowledge of music with others. Therefore, after graduation I plan on attending Queens College with a major in Music Education at the Aaron Copland School of Music.

Music has taught me to respect others and treat others with kindness. These are two important characteristics that should be used in all aspects life. Music is an art, an
expression of compassion, and having respect for others is one of the most important qualities a person can have. Being a part of a group can increase your level of success. You may disagree with the opinions of others, but you must respect how they feel. Being respectful is not only listening, but it is also being patient. I demonstrate these values by listening to others while they are speaking. It is okay to disagree but it's important to view and understand the opinions others. listening to a group member make a suggestion, having respect and being kind to others allows you to learn, grow, and succeed."
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See below winning essay from the 1st Annual Tom Karolyi Music Scholarship Award recipient, Huntington High School graduating senior, Arielle Harvey.

"Music has played a major role in who I am today. Being a musician for the past thirteen years has help me grow in many ways. Starting at the age of six my teacher, Yonitte Ryger, a Juilliard graduate, inspired me by using her talent and passion for the violin. She exposed me to great string composers like Mozart, Vivaldi, and Haydn.
Each week I was eager to attend lessons. I worked hard on scales and etudes trying my best to master the variety of bowing exercises and fingerings I was given. I remember my first New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) experience, Vivaldi's
Violin Concerto in A minor, a solo violinist classic. Other than the yearly recitals my private teacher held, this was one of the first times I played for a judge.

Soon thereafter, my parents and teacher realized that I was serious about the violin. I auditioned and was accepted to the Children's Orchestra Society (COS) and the Gemini Youth Orchestras (GYO). Participation in these groups gave me the opportunity to work with talented teachers conductors and likeminded students. During concert cycles, I would look forward to performing at Lincoln center. The variety of performance venues allowed me to have experiences like those of professional musicians. Certainly,
these opportunities grew my passion, love and appreciation for the violin.

A major step in my music career was my audition to the Mannes pre-college program for music. Every week at Mannes, I learned something new which helped mold
me and make better understand the language music. At Mannes, under the direction of my teacher Arik Braude, I was exposed to challenging pieces and I began to hone my skills as violinist. This year I decided to take a conducting class. I knew it would be difficult but conducting is something I've had an interest in since I began playing in an orchestra. In this class I learned everything from the basics of conducting, to studying
scores, as well as performing Act II of the Opera La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi. Joining this class, in conjunction with having a career internship in orchestra, made me realize that I would like to continue studying and sharing my knowledge of music with others. Therefore, after graduation I plan on attending Queens College with a major in Music Education at the Aaron Copland School of Music.

Music has taught me to respect others and treat others with kindness. These are two important characteristics that should be used in all aspects life. Music is an art, an
expression of compassion, and having respect for others is one of the most important qualities a person can have. Being a part of a group can increase your level of success. You may disagree with the opinions of others, but you must respect how they feel. Being respectful is not only listening, but it is also being patient. I demonstrate these values by listening to others while they are speaking. It is okay to disagree but it's important to view and understand the opinions others. listening to a group member make a suggestion, having respect and being kind to others allows you to learn, grow, and succeed."
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Thanks to everyone's generosity and some additional outside donations we have raised $4900 towards the Tom Karolyi Music Scholarship Fund! The fund will remain open so please forward this to anyone who might wish to contribute, so that we can continue to provide music scholarships to deserving students for many more years!
Please also click the link below to view a Newsday article published on 10/10:
https://www.newsday.com/long-island/obituaries/thomas-karolyi-obituary-huntington-1.21726647.
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