Hudson Falls CSD just completed the long anticipated phase of a capital project, highlighted by a newly renovated high school auditorium. The auditorium hosted its first major event last week with the high school orchestra and middle school band taking the stage for their winter concert performances. On Wednesday, December 13, it’s the high school choir and band’s turn to grace the new auditorium with Tiger talent. A special evening is in store, as we will be celebrating the career of Joyce Irwin with a special dedication during the 7:30 p.m. concert. Joyce was the choir director for 40 years, a career that spanned generations of Hudson Falls students.
Ms. Irwin, was born in Glens Falls, and grew up in nearby Hartford, NY, graduating from Hartford Central School in 1950. After graduating from high school she attended Ithaca College graduating in 1954, beginning her career in education at Guilderland High School that same year. After a couple of years teaching at Guilderland, Ms. Irwin ventured closer to home starting at Hudson Falls in the fall of 1956. For the next 42 years Joyce Irwin dedicated her professional career to the students and families of Hudson Falls as a music teacher, choir director, musical director and head of the music department. With a brief two year stint away to get her Masters degree from Columbia University, Ms. Irwin inspired countless students to get involved with music and the performing arts up until her retirement in 1998.
It is with great appreciation that the Hudson Falls Central School District is honored to dedicate the “new” auditorium to Ms. Joyce Irwin. The auditorium space is where she devoted a large portion of her life to making Hudson Falls one of the best music departments in the area. If you have a fond memory of Ms. Irwin that you would like to share please click on the link included, and be sure to pass along the impact she may have had, we know there were many.