The Northport Community Orchestra ...
...was formed as an affiliate of the Northport Chorale, and held its first rehearsal in January of 2007. Under the leadership of Music Director Richard Hyman, an East Northport resident and award-winning music educator, the orchestra debuted in of May 2007 at the Chorale's 25th anniversary concert.
In 2008, the orchestra incorporated as its own entity, and, in January of 2010, officially changed its name to the Northport Symphony Orchestra.
We are a musical family of teachers, physicians, attorneys, engineers, librarians, business owners, retirees, and college students. Whether you've been playing your instrument your whole life, or are rediscovering your love music, one thing is certain: the enjoyment of playing music and of making it accessible to all keeps us together.
Maestro Richard Hyman, a graduate of Queens College and recipient of an M.A. in Music from Columbia University, as well as an M.S. in Education from Queens College, was a New York City Public School music teacher for thirty-five years. In 1991, and again in 1993, Mr. Hyman was one of only ten teachers city-wide placed on the Chancellor’s Teachers Honor Roll for his “outstanding student music programs.” In May of 2007, he received the first-ever Queens Music Teacher of the Year grant.
Mr. Hyman is a co-founder of the NSO, and serves as Music Director of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Huntington, New York.
A published composer, Mr. Hyman's recent credits include the world premiere of his choral setting of "Written in Pencil in the Sealed Railway-Car", performed by the Hofstra University Chamber Singers, and a performance of his choral setting of "Oseh Shalom" at the Vatican. He has produced, performed and conducted original music for film and television, and has been an annual recipient of the ASCAP Special Award for composer members since 1998.