Former educator looks to start new orchestra in Jackson Heights, NYC

Posted on: August 30, 2012

In Thursday’s (8/30) New York Daily News, Clare Trapasso writes, “Long-time Jackson Heights resident and violinist Patricia Glunt, 58, is launching the Jackson Heights Orchestra, comprised of more than two-dozen local musicians. Auditions are slated for Sept. 11, 12 and 18. ‘Jackson Heights is growing as a cultural community,’ Glunt said. ‘The time is right.’ Glunt said she hopes the orchestra will eventually grow to about 50 musicians and that she’s already received a good response from interested participants. Members will not be paid. ‘The vision is one to explore not only the classics, but also reflect the diversity of the community,’ said Glunt, a retired assistant principal at Long Island City High School and president of the Music Educators’ Association of New York City. ‘I envision featuring local talent and composers,’ she wrote via email. The Jackson Heights Beautification Group gave Glunt $500 in seed money to get the orchestra up and running. … The venture also struck a chord with City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights). ‘It will bring notoriety, it will bring class, it will bring [cultural] diversity to the neighborhood,’ he said. Glunt ‘will make sure that the orchestra is a reflection of the diversity of the neighborhood.’ ”

Posted August 30, 2012