South Country Summer Music Program, August 7th-11th

Summer Music Program

The Becker/Gambles Committee of the South Country Education Foundation, Inc. is proud to its second annual, week-long summer music performance opportunity for band and orchestra students in the South country School District.

South Country Summer Music will take place August 7-11, 2017, from 9:00am-1:00pm at Bellport High School with a 6:00pm concert presentation on August 11, 2017 in the BHS auditorium. The program is available to all to South Country School District residents and appropriate for all band and orchestra students entering grades 5 through 9. Large instruments are available for rehearsals.

The cost for the entire week-long program is $175 per student. Checks should be made payable to SCEF, Inc.

Click here to download the Program Application.

From more information, email or call 631-730-1622.


Founded using a monetary grant from former Superintendent of Schools Arthur Becker and continuing the efforts begun by community leader Mary Gambles, the Becker/Gambles Music Fund supports music education in the South Country School District. To this end, the fund administers a scholarship program, produces an annual concert series, and provides master classes in the schools. The fund also promotes the donations of musical instruments to the school district.

Scholarship Program

The fund raises money to provide scholarships for music study to deserving students from the 4th through 11th grades. Intermediate and middle school students may be able to continue music lessons during the summer months and high school students to enroll in summer workshops, to participate in youth ensembles and to attend music camps.

Concert Series

Each year the Becker/Gambles Music Fund presents concerts in the community. The concerts range from popular to jazz to classical. Groups have included string quartets, jazz ensembles, a cappella choirs as well as performances by individual vocalists and instrumentalists.

Master Classes

As part of the mission to support music education, the fund sponsors master classes in our schools. Over the years, advanced students from SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Fredonia and Tufts University have worked with our students. Additionally, for the past five years, the members of the world renowned Daedalus Quartet have worked with our orchestra students. This collaboration is especially meaningful as three of the quartet members are alumni of our schools. In these classes our music students work with the visiting musicians to improve their abilities. Personal contact with these musicians is inspirational to the students.

Musical Instrument Donation Program

If you have a clarinet, flute, violin, piano or any musical instrument that is not being used, please consider donating it for use in our schools. All instruments are evaluated, repaired if necessary and are put to good use in our excellent music programs.

Donate to the Becker/Gambles Music Fund

The work of the fund cannot go on without the generosity of members of our community. If you would like to support the fund, please send your donation made out to “South Country Education Foundation” (with “Becker/Gambles Music Fund” on the memo line) to:

PO Box 512
Bellport, NY 11713


Thank you for your support,


Chantal Berman Rev. Tom Philipp
Daryl Jordan Dava Stravinsky
Nancy Marr Jim Uzzi
Mary Mojallali  







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