The district has asked retired Art Director Scott Walroth to provide
leadership for Music Department on an interim basis as it conducts the search
for a music director for the long-term.
When the search and interview process that took place over the summer did not result in the right candidate, district leaders decided to identify an interim leader and return to the search in the fall. Former Music Director Matt Cremisio moved to Florida with his family following the last school year.
In the interim role, Walroth will work with Teacher-Leader Eric Hughes, who will provide in-department expertise, support for teachers, and assist with planning and coordinating department activities. Hughes was recently named to that new role.
Walroth was director of art education in the district for 16 years prior to his retirement in 2014.
"It is incredibly important that for the long-term we find the right person to lead our excellent Music Department, and we are committed to doing just that," Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr. said. "For the short-term, it was essential for us to ensure that teachers have the support they need. Scott's familiarity with our district and abilities as an educational leader made him a great fit to step in and help us at this time. We welcome him back to Niskayuna."
The district expects to begin advertising the music director position this month and conduct interviews early in the fall, in the hopes of getting the right candidate in the position as soon as possible.
Dr. Tangorra and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Lauren Gemmill recently met with music teachers and Niskayuna Friends of Music to communicate the changes.