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Big Hollow Middle School
Fine Arts Boosters

Who We Are

Big Hollow Middle School's Fine Arts Boosters is a group of parents, community volunteers and teachers who work together to support our school's Fine Arts Programs by raising money through a series of fundraisers throughout the year. This fundraising allows us to provide supplies for our arts clubs, materials for theatre & speech, and music and instruments for our choir & band programs.

We meet once a month during the school year and welcome everyone to attend! Meetings are held on Tuesdays at 7:00pm in the BHMS Library.

How many years have you been teaching?
13

What inspired you to become a Choir director?
My love for choral music along with my numerous performing experiences inspired me to pursue a career in teaching choir. I wanted to share that passion with my students and provide them with similar, memorable experiences.

What kind of music do you listen to on a daily basis?
Alternative

What is your favorite instrument to play?
My voice. :)

What is your favorite song?
Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles

What would students be surprised to find out about you?
That I didn't want to join choir in high school and that I definitely didn't want to become a teacher.

How do you spend your summer breaks?
With my 2 boys on adventures - pools, museums, parks, hanging out with friends, road trips

In which other teacher's class would you like to enroll, even for a day? Why?
Art. My art education was extremely limited growing up and Mrs. Paulson is awesome!

What are your "trapped on a desert island" books or movies?
Book - Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" / Movie - any of the Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings movies

What's your favorite part of being a Choir director?
My absolute favorite part is connecting with the students each and every day. Choir students bring a wonderful energy into my classroom that truly brings me joy. The concerts are a blast and the students work really hard to perform their pieces, but it's really the day to day lessons and activities that are the best.

Band Instructor

How many years have you been teaching? 

17th year teaching Band

What inspired you to become a Band director? 

In high school I was lucky to be a student leader in several ways, and truly enjoyed helping his classmates learn how to play their music and all the aspects of band.   

What kind of music do you listen to on a daily basis? 

Hamilton soundtrack, Ben Folds 

What is your favorite instrument to play? 

Hmmmmm......tough question for a percussionist who loves to play every instrument with his students- in college, I fell in love with timpani and marimba, which both allow such fun musicianship.

What is your favorite song? 

"Wait For It", from Hamilton. 

What would students be surprised to find out about you? 

Not a whole lot. Over the last few years, I've been lucky to lose about 75 pounds, and learned to love working out and hitting the treadmill at my local YMCA.

How do you spend your summer breaks? 

Driving to my sons' baseball games, Do It Yourself projects around our house, camping with my family and with Scouts.

In which other teacher's class would you like to enroll, even for a day? Why? 

Mrs. Cullotta- listening to the projects she develops for her students is so interesting, and I'm so jealous of what they get to work on.

What are your "trapped on a desert island" books or movies? 

Hitch, When Harry Met Sally!!! 

What's your favorite part of being a band director? 

Getting to know my students (and their families!) over multiple years, and watching them grow up into young adults, warms my heart so much!   

Speech and Acting Instructor

Programs We Support

We are proud to support all of Big Hollow Middle School's Fine Arts Programs: Art, Band, Choir, Speech & Acting, and Theatre.

Fine Arts education nurtures talent and improves and encourages creativity, confidence, and perseverance and develops crucial skills such as teamwork, responsibility, decision-making, leadership and more. 

Be a Part of the Arts!

We rely on donations of both money and time to support our students and enrich their fine arts experience. There are many great opportunities to get involved in the Fine Arts Boosters! How much time you devote to volunteering is completely up to you. We are looking for parents and other volunteers who can help for just an afternoon or a small commitment.

Support the Fine Arts!

Your donation helps provide supplies for our arts clubs, materials for theatre and speech, and music and instruments for our choir and band programs.

 

⭐ Fine Arts Student of the Month ⭐

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Congratulations to the 2023 Tyler Matthews Award recipients: Kaitlyn Carpenter & Derrick Rios

 

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