18 December, 2008. New York, NY. Choir director Gregg Breinberg, 36, directs his fifth grade students from the Graniteville School chorus in Staten Island, at the Kitchen Club restaurant for a Bruce Weber private party in Manhattan, NY.
The story of P.S. 22 Chorus began in the fall of 1999 when Breinberg arrived at the 1,250 student K-5 elementary school after being excised from his first music teaching job at nearby P.S. 60 in Staten Island. Unfortunately for Mr. Breinberg, himself a Staten Island native, P.S. 22 didn't have any available music jobs so he found himself in the unfamiliar position of second grade teacher.
"It was never my intention to be a classroom teacher," Breinberg dressed casually in a pair of blue jeans and grey sweatshirt, said. "In the absence of a music job, I used music to teach second grade. Everything I taught from math to english, I taught with music."
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