Get To Know Your Music Teachers!

Mrs. Alessi

Jennifer Alessi has been teaching in the Wantagh School District since 1994. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Mansfield University, Pennsylvania and her Master's degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. She directs the 6th grade and 7th grade choruses and also teaches general music.  Ms. Alessi has also been the vocal director for many Wantagh High School musical productions such as Hello Dolly, A Chorus Line, The Boyfriend, The Little Mermaid, Bring It On and Anything Goes. Ms. Alessi loves her students and the Wantagh Community! She resides in Great River, NY with her husband, Dan, and their three sons, Matthew, Christopher and Frankie.

Ms. Babcock

Ms. Babcock graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She holds a Bachelors degree in horn performance from the Eastman School of Music, a Masters degree in horn performance from the Manhattan School of Music and a Masters degree in Music Education from Hunter College, CUNY. She is a member of Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians, New York City; the National Association for Music Educators; the New York State School Music Association; the New York State Band Directors Association, and the Nassau Music Educators Association. Ms. Babcock is a faculty member of the Wantagh School District, where she teaches 6th and 7th grade band at Wantagh Middle School, and was previously on the music faculties of the East Meadow and West Islip School Districts. Ms. Babcock has presented, "Horn Help!" at the New York State School Music Association's All State Conference, is a NYSSMA Brass Adjudicator and is the Brass Editor for the School Music News Magazine. Her articles "Horn Help" and "Advanced Horn Help" were published in the March and April, 2015 issues of School Music News.

In horn performance, Ms. Babcock has been a Brass and Percussion Teaching Artist for Midori and Friends in New York City, a Performing Artist and Educator for the Manhattan School of Music, Norfolk Chamber Music, and the Eastman School of Music Early Childhood Divisions. She has performed professionally with many orchestras in New York City including New York Chamber Opera, DiCapo Opera, Amato Opera, in Broadway's Beauty and the Beast, and the Brooklyn Symphony. She performs with tri-state area orchestras such as the Long Island Philharmonic, New Haven Symphony and Smithtown Theater.

She has performed in master classes conducted by The American Horn Quartet, John Cerminaro (International Soloist), Eli Epstein (Cleveland Orchestra), Bruce Henniss (Houston Symphony), David Jolley (International Soloist and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra), Peter Kurau (Rochester Philharmonic), Erik Ralske (Metropolitan Opera and New York Philharmonic), Verne Reynolds, and the late Barry Tuckwell (International Soloist).

As an active chamber musician Ms. Babcock enjoys playing in brass quintets and small chamber ensembles and is happy to be involved in the Woodwind quintet Synergy. Her former brass quintet, the Echelon brass quintet, has performed on the Trinity Concert Series on Wall Street, the St. John the Divine Concert Series, and was invited to the Coleman Chamber Music Competition Finals in Pasadena, California.

Ms. Babcock has studied in several summer music programs, including Interlochen Arts Camp, the Texas Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and for five summer seasons at the Aspen Music Festival, where she was first accepted at age 15.

Ms. Babcock's other hobbies include: CrossFit, running full and half marathons, weight lifting, reading, shopping, volunteering, amateur radio and exquisite cheeses, chocolates and fine dining! Ms. B also loves animals. She owns a Shih-Tzu dog (Zsa Zsa Gabor) and two cats (Solomon and Camilla).

Mrs. Cassidy

Mrs. Sameerah Cassidy is a native of Buffalo, New York, and relocated to Long Island in 2019.  She received both her undergraduate degree in music education and masters of science in music education from SUNY Buffalo State.  She taught elementary and middle school for three years at Buffalo Academy of Science prior to joining the faculty at Wantagh. 

Currently Mrs. Cassidy is the director of the Wantagh High School Chorale, Chorus, Vocal Jazz, and A Cappella club.  In addition, Mrs. Cassidy teaches AP Music Theory, Music Theory, and Audio Engineering.  

In her free time, Mrs. Cassidy loves to travel and spend time with her son and husband.  She is so happy to be a part of the Wantagh community, and is grateful to teach such wonderful and dedicated students.