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Music & Fine Arts Department

Phone: (631) 791-4450

Michael Caravello, Ed.D., Director of Music & Fine Arts


The Port Jefferson Music and Fine Arts Department strives to facilitate the exploration and discovery of arts education for all learners by fostering the tools of imaginative self-expression and meaningful social interaction, thus furthering a creative participation in future careers and within a global community.

Current News


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After weeks of rehearsal, Earl L. Vandermeulen High School’s drama club members took the stage for three weekend performances on Nov. 18-20 of Henrik Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People.”

Dozens of students took part in the fall production as actors and as part of the lighting, audio, stage construction and refreshments crews. The students collaborated under the direction of Anthony Butera to bring the story to life. In addition to the many skilled actors at the high school, this performance featured two elementary students, Timothy Amadio and Lukas Peterson, in roles as Morten Stockmann and Elijah Stockmann, sons of the main character, played by Albert Peterson.

Other talented Port Jefferson students on stage included Kaylee Friedlander, Mari Fukuto, Marija Garue, William Harris, Narin Karakurum, Rose Meliker-Hammock, Marlo Pepe, Maya Shand, Victoria Snaden, Isabela Thomsen and Gianna Viviano.

The show was presented in a small black-box theater setting, which provided a unique experience for the cast, crew and audience. The cast performed within a small stage area, with the audience seated right in front of them and to their sides. The arrangement allowed the audience to be close to the action on stage.

Date Added: 11/21/2022

PEAK Performance!

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Edna Louise Spear Elementary School fourth grade student-musicians Ruby Minatta and Madison Villagracia participated in the annual Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association PEAK (Parents, Educators and Kids) Festival.

The event, held at Northport High School on Oct. 22, is a unique celebration of elementary classroom music where students from across Suffolk County perform alongside their parents and music teachers. Elementary music teacher Ms. Laurel Zimlinghaus joined the musical duo and their parents at the event with workshops, musical activities, games and improvisation as highlights.

Date Added: 10/25/2022

Summer Music Camp

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Many Port Jefferson students take advantage of the musical offerings to keep up their skills on their respective instruments at the Summer Music Camp at Port Jefferson. Registration for the 2022 season, organized by the Port Jefferson School District Music and Fine Arts Department is in progress.

The camp provides an enjoyable and positive opportunity for beginning and advanced students to enhance their musical studies while meeting new friends and playing music together and offers several levels of musical training classes, including beginning band and string. There are also more advanced classes for current elementary and middle school band and string instrumentalists.

The camp runs from August 2-12 with times varying depending on experience levels. For more information, please contact Director of Music and Fine Arts Dr. Michael Caravello at (631) 791-4450 or click here.

Date Added: 3/25/2022