Class of 2021: Musician, volunteer Alyeene Zebrowski from Scotia-Glenville a whirlwind of activities


Alyeene Zebrowski’s days are a whirlwind of activities. In addition to playing and teaching the violin, the Elder from Scotia-Glenville High School is involved in numerous honor societies, volunteering in animal shelter and community outreach efforts, and mentoring d ‘other students. How does she do it?

“I’ve always been a very busy person,” Zebrowski said with a laugh. “I’m mostly booked everyday, but I like to organize and plan my week while getting eight hours of sleep. I do my homework after school. “

She has been leading her life on this type of schedule since kindergarten, when she started modern dance lessons and took up the violin.

“I really wanted to play the violin and my parents let me choose,” she said.

By the time she was in her fourth grade, she was good enough to enter the New England String Orchestra, which eventually merged with the Empire State Youth Orchestra – an organization in which she continues to perform. Through ESYO, she is also part of her Young The Leaders program, which pairs her with a mentor who is a professional musician. Violinist Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, Founder and Artistic Director of Musicians of Ma’alwyck, is Zebrowski’s mentor and describes her as “an exceptionally motivated and very compassionate student.”

In addition to practicing the violin during his free time at school, Zebrowski is also secretary of his school’s Tri-M group, which is the honor society of musicians. About 15 to 20 students belong to the group and meet on average once a month to plan how to volunteer at musical events, she said.

These include concerts at the primary school where they set up, tune the instruments and inaugurate. Sometimes they organize breakfasts or play for retirement homes.

Another school organization is the National English Honor Society, of which she is vice-president. It is a literacy group that deals with everything related to the English language, such as a school newspaper. She also does tutoring for this group. And she’s president of the school branch of the National Honor Society.

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The school also has a volunteer program called GIVE, for which Zebrowski helps on weekends fill backpacks with food for those in need. And when she can, she volunteers at the Mohawk-Hudson Humane Animal Shelter where she walks the dogs and socializes the cats.

Even in college, she was active and a student volunteer against Destructive Decisions – a group she really enjoyed helping.

“I’ve always enjoyed volunteering and helping others,” she says. “It’s part of being active in the community.

And somewhere during all these busy days, Zebrowski finds time to do his homework after school and occasionally give private thirty-minute violin lessons to young players. Although the pandemic halted many of her outreach efforts, including her dancing, she continued to teach privately but with a mask on.

More immediately, however, Zebrowski worked on a music festival hosted by ESYO’s Young Leaders that featured chamber music groups of ESYO players on June 13 at Orsini Park in Altamont. Instead of tickets, customers were asked to bring in canned food, which was then donated to the regional food bank.

“This is the first year to have the festival and we wanted something fun to bring people together,” she said.

When she attends Schenectady County Community College in the fall, she will continue to study with Barker-Schwartz and hopes to have more time to broaden her horizons and practice swing dancing. But changes of direction are already in mind.

“I want to continue with my music but not as a career,” she said.

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