Elizabeth Perez Quigley Mr Speiser was my one of my favorite teachers. I was in chorus 1979-1982. I recall that he LOVED Barry Manilow songs (I can’t think of Barry Manilow without thinking of Mr Speiser, and vice versa). To this day, when I hear Hallelujah, I can still sing all the harmonies we sang in the alto section. His classes were so much fun; great memories.
Jean Alice One of my favorite teachers. I took guitar with him. I remember that I dropped my guitar pic in my guitar and he had to fish it out for me.
Nancy Rose Androphy Ironically, I was living on Long Island in the same town as Mr. Speiser, East Meadow, for many years before I realized he lived here, too! My husband actually officiated at his son's wedding, but did not mention the name to me, so I had no idea! He moved to Florida some time ago.
Diana Quevedo-Gouldsbury Mixed chorus class of ‘89...wonderful teacher ..great memories, fantastic arrangements..my brother & I still remember them ....Quevedos 1&2
Stanley Chris Beckwith In Mixed Chorus, I sat in the front row, middle aisle seat, Tenor section, 1985-89. Made me an involuntary target for jokes. Oh yeah, I was also flanked by stars of that time (Emmanuel Lewis) and the future (Wentworth Miller).
Marco Laganà Mr. Goldstein sent me to Chorus a good couple of weeks after the term had started (I was already in band & orchestra). Needless to say Mr. Speiser was not thrilled with being told who was going to be in HIS chorus. He proceeded to audition me in front of the chorus with (if I recall correctly) some pretty tough arpeggios. Well, I must have rocked because he looked at me, gave a simple nod of his head and said nothing more than “take a seat”. I’ve had nothing but THE BEST music teachers in my life from JHS through college...including Mr. Speiser.
Nancy Rose Androphy I never ate in the cafeteria because I always ate it during Girls' Chorus with Mr. Speiser for 3 years until I graduated in June 1969! I was an alto, and Rowey (Rose) Weiss played piano for us. We always enjoyed our rehearsals.
Ross Brady Mixed Chorus, intermediate Chorus, guitar, Dean. Felt like a friend, but most importantly a teacher.
Robin Levine-Wissing During my junior year I was in Chorus, Band, and Orchestra. Mr. Goldstein (band director) walked into the chorus room for some reason and Mr. Speiser said to him about me "we are sharing Robin next year", meaning I would have to sing during concerts and get up from my band seat a few times. It actually was a good laugh but in today's world can you imagine that comment now?
Lawrence Kales Nice guy and very down to earth. Mr Speiser was totally dedicated to the student
Dee Cee What a wonderful enlightening experience I had in the mixed chorus under Bella Tillis and his tutelage.
Abby K Castillo Awww so glad there is a tribute to Mr. Speiser. I remember singing to him to cheer him up.
Vern Hoston One of my favorite teachers! He’s a good dude!
Alan Meyerson Norman, you handsome devil
Marcelino I. Lake II Great teacher
Thomas Mason Hello Mr. S........from your political debate partner. Class of 84'
Christina Butler-Rodney One of my favorite teachers
Jim Kelly Was my music teacher back in 1978...I had problems with the guitar, he had patience with me though...
Cindy Sweberg Kleiman Hello Mr. Speiser from a Girls' Chorus member, ca 1971-74- great memories!