Alumni Memories & Updates #2

Looking Back & Catching Up

Here are more memories and updates sent in by Midwood alumni. To share your own experiences, email us. Feel free to leave a message as well in the comments section below!


"I am happy that I have the opportunity to share my thoughts during this Jubilee.

Midwood, and especially Nathaniel (Boss) Levine, established a basis for my future that cannot be put into mere words. His methods of teaching us the basics of music and working together as a team effort became the foundation of my lifestyle.

I have to recall one special event when the Chorus was invited to participate at Carnegie Hall. It was the Inaugural Season for the Young People's Philharmonic Series presented on Saturday mornings for the local school students.

I can vividly recall Dimitri Mitropoulos conducting the New York Philharmonic as we sang the Battle Hymn of the Republic. It was highlighted when Pat Giles sang the Tenor Solo, second verse, “In the beauty of the lilies...” That moment is burnt into my memory.

“Boss” Levine trained us to memorize our music which helped my future endeavors when I spent 25 years with local Community Theater Groups doing musical productions and 3 years singing Baritone with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra Classical Chorus.

Needless to say, Midwood played an important role in my life."

-Jerry Moskowitz, Class of 1951


"I regret to say that I will be unable to attend the Jubilee, as I have a previously made commitment to present a paper at an academic conference in New Hampshire. Although formally retired, I still teach, write, and give talks. I have also been active in unionizing part-time faculty."

-David Lyons, Class of 1952


"I will be with you in spirit if not in body. I just wanted to let you know that my experience with mixed chorus and "Boss Levine" has stayed with me all my life. I am now 80 and am still singing. I have been singing a cappella barbershop harmony for over 30 years. 28 with the Harbormen Chorus in Stony Brook, NY and 2 years with the Morris Music Men Chorus in Morristown NJ. While in the Harbormen I had my own barbershop quartet, the Long Island Harmonizers. So you see the influence of Midwood has stayed with me."

-Herb Mordkoff, Class of 1954


"Thanks so much for the invitation …however, I will be in Rwanda at that time…serving the women in need of medical care."  

-Barbara A. Margolies (nee Jarcho), Class of 1957