ABOUT THE ENSEMBLE
The Nassau Treble Choir, led by Music Director Craig B. Knapp, is a vocal ensemble comprised of students in grades 4-6. Rehearsals focus on healthy vocal production and technique, solfège, sight-singing, and musicianship skills while exploring quality choral literature, authentic singing games, and creative activities. The choir performs unison to 3-part treble repertoire. MYO Children’s Treble Choirs are for unchanged children’s voices.
ABOUT THE MUSIC DIRECTOR
Craig B. Knapp is the current Elementary Music Department Chairperson in the Rocky Point School District where he has been teaching Classroom Music and Chorus, grades 3 through 5, at the Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School since 1998. A graduate of the Crane School of Music, Mr. Knapp has also studied with distinguished educators and musicians including John Feierabend, Jos Wuytack, Henry Leck, Francisco Núñez, Janet Galván, Will Schmid and Bobby McFerrin. Craig is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Hofstra University where he teaches “Conversational Solfege” and “First Steps in Music with Orff Schulwerk.” He is the co-author of the book, First Steps in Music with Orff Schulwerk: Sing, Say, Dance, Play and a contributing author for the book, Feierabend Fundamentals: History, Philosophy, and Practice.
With his innovative and energetic approach to music education, Craig Knapp directs the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York’s Children’s Treble Choirs, where he has conducted at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He has conducted several commissioned pieces by renowned composers including Nick Page, Jim Papoulis, Melissa Keylock and Jill Friedersdorf. Mr. Knapp is also the former director of the Stony Brook University Summer Youth Choir. Craig has presented elementary classroom music and choral workshops at various music education conferences, including national conferences for NAfME (National Association for Music Education), ACDA (American Choral Directors Association), OAKE (Organization of American Kodály Educators), AOSA (American Orff-Schulwerk Association) and FAME (Feierabend Association for Music Education). Craig is a sought-after clinician and choral conductor and has guest conducted for the Connecticut Music Educators’ Association Elementary Honors Choir, New Hampshire Music Educators’ Association Elementary Honors Choir, Ohio Music Educators’ Association Elementary All-State Choir, KONY (Kodály Organization of New York) “Voices United” Festival and Pennsylvania Music Educators’ Association Elementary ChorusFest. He has also guest conducted various All-County chorus groups in New York State for the Dutchess, Monroe, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Schoharie, Suffolk, and Ulster County Music Educators’ Associations.
Mr. Knapp’s choral ensembles have performed annually at NYSSMA Major Organization Evaluation Festivals since 2003, where they have received consistent “Gold” and “Gold With Distinction” ratings. Mr. Knapp frequently has students participating in various American Choral Directors Association’s Children’s Honor Choirs, and, in the Organization of American Kodály Educators’ National Children’s Choirs.
Craig is the former director of the Early Childhood Community Music Program at Stony Brook University, where he instructed children in First Steps in Music classes for students in Pre-K through 2nd grade. Mr. Knapp is a Past-President of SCMEA (Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association). Craig is actively involved with NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association), where he recently served on their Curriculum Committee and NYSSMA Manual Committee. He served as the Administrative Program Coordinator for the Orff-Schulwerk and Summer Music Studies Program at Hofstra University from 2005-2019 and served two terms as the Membership Chairperson for LIAOSA (Long Island Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association) from 2013-2017. Craig is a Lifetime Member of OAKE. He is also a Lifetime Member of ACDA and served three terms as chairperson for the ACDA Eastern Division Elementary Honor Choir. For the New York Chapter of ACDA, Craig served two terms as Children’s Choir Repertoire & Standards Chairperson and two terms as Long Island Regional Representative. Mr. Knapp is also a founding member of FAME where he is a Lifetime Member and has served on their Board of Directors as President-Elect and Member-at-Large. Craig is the only educator to simultaneously hold Lifetime Memberships in ACDA, FAME and OAKE.
ABOUT THE PIANIST
Sun Ah Choi began studying piano at the age of five and continued her musical studies at the Seoul Arts High School in Seoul. She received her Master of Music degree in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music, as a student of Marc Silverman. She earned her doctorate degree in classical piano performance at Mason Gross School of Arts, Rutgers, New Jersey State University,as a student of Daniel Epstein.
Dr. Choi was the First Prize winner of the Korean Piano Association Competition, and was also awarded Second Prize in the Teenager Competition. In the U.S.A., she was the winner of the Special Presentation Award of the Artists International Competition. In addition, she performed in the Sin Choon Music Concert of the Sejong Cultural Center, the Sin Youn Joo Ja Music Concert of the Seoul Arts Center, and in a concert for the Korean Piano Association at the Ewon Cultural Center and Ewha Womans University. As an active soloist and collaborative pianist, she has performed in many solo and chamber recitals in U.S.A., including her Carnegie Hall recital debut in New York City. She has also performed solo recitals at Greenfield Hall, Baisley Powell Elebash Recital Hall, Schare Hall at Rutgers University, and so on. She has participated in the masterclasses of Lazar Berman, and Yong Hi Moon.
In addition to performing, She has taught at Hunter College of City University of New York and worked at Rutgers University as an accompanist. She is currently working as an accompanist at Long Island University (C. W. Post).
PAST SEASON REPERTOIRE
Repertoire performed by the Nassau Treble Choir in the 2022-2023 season included:
- An Irish Blessing– Traditional Irish Blessing, arr. David Pote
- Can You Hear Me? – Bob Chilcott
- Father Grumble – British Folk Song, arr. Andrew Seifer
- Haida – Chassidic Round, arr. Henry Leck
- Hine Ma Tov – Allan E. Naplan
- Jingle at the Window – American Folk Song, arr. Ruth E. Dwyer
- Laudamus Te (from Mass in C Minor) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arr. Melissa Malvar-Keylock and Jill Friedersdorf
- My Cat Skittle – Stan Spottswood
- Our Gallant Ship (Three Times Around) – Susan Brumfield
- Sahayta – Ben Allaway
- Spring – Dave Riley
- The Sally Gardens – Benjamin Britten
- Walk in Jerusalem – African American Spiritual, arr. Rollo A. Dilworth