Local Winners From Music Institute Of Long Island


Music Institute of Long Island (MILI), located in Manhasset at the Community Reformed Church, is proud to announce its three NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) All State 2023 winners. Besides the three participants we have another student, a cellist, who is waiting to be called from the alternate list.

All-State is very difficult to get into even if you receive a perfect score of 100. Especially if you are from Long Island, a very competitive area. The All State Music Conference showcases students from all over New York State, performing in two orchestras, bands, jazz band, choir and piano showcase. It is a true honor to be selected for this conference.
The Music Institute of Long Island’s NYSSMA All-State Winners: Christian Li from Port Washington, Alston Leung from Great Neck and Hugh Choi from Great Neck. All are juniors in high school.


Alston Leung, 15 years old, playing the violin.

Alston Leung, violin, Great Neck South, at the age of 16, Alston has already spent 13 years honing his skills in both piano and violin, beginning his studies at the age of 3 at MILI. Under the tutelage of Director Carol Kushner for violin and pianist Alla Bell for piano, Alston has not only developed his talents but also competed in numerous competitions organized by various music organizations.

He has won Grand Prix Prize and First Place in many music competitions. His exceptional performances have led him to grace stages at prestigious music halls such as the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center. Alston has won music competitions earning him solos with orchestra.

In recognition of his outstanding abilities, Alston achieved full scores at NYSSMA level 6 for both violin and piano in 2022 and 2023. Since 2013, Alston has generously shared his musical talents with the community, performing at hospitals and benefit concerts, i.e. Lustgarten Foundation, Cerebral Palsy and nursing homes.


Alston Leung (violin) and
Christian Li (piano) at 10 years old. (Contributed photos)

His passion for the arts extends beyond music; he is also an accomplished artist who has been winning awards in various art contests since he was just 6 years old. His artistic prowess was recognized in 2022 when he received two honorable mentions at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Alston has performed as soloist and in many chamber groups on both violin and piano. In fact he and fellow MILI student and ALL-State Winner, Christian Li have performed in a violin/piano duo earning the Grand Prix Prize and performed at Carnegie Hall.


Hugh Choi, 15 years old, playing the flute.

Hugh Choi, flute, Great Neck South, started playing the flute, given to him by neighbors, in third grade. He learned the basics from a local church. Hugh came to MILI in 2021, studying with Kristine Dubyn, he made huge progress in this short time.

Hugh has participated in All-County annually since fifth grade and has been a member of both the New York Laureates Orchestra and Metropolitan Youth Orchestras. While at MILI Hugh has performed in various concerts, chamber groups and performed at the Benefit Concert for Ukraine—faculty and select student concert.

His love for music and flute is palpable and contagious. Hugh would practice for hours at MILI, any time there was a room that was available. His attitude changed towards flute while studying at MILI and he knew this was what he wanted to do with his future. With his talent, focus and persistence in practicing, Hugh applied and was the only new flutist accepted into the Preparatory Program at the Juilliard School, NYC.

Besides flute he enjoys playing Badminton and he is the captain of his Varsity team.
Music Institute of Long Island (MILI) located in Manhasset, has been educating students to be the best musicians for 34 years.

MILI was Founded by sisters Carol and Geri Kushner, violin/viola, conservatory graduates, BM, MM, Suzuki Certified, K -12 Certified, Musicians Union Local AFM 802 members and educators.

MILI offers instruction starting at age 3 years through 99 years of age. MILI offers instruction in: violin, viola, cello, voice, flute, piano, clarinet, oboe and saxophone. MILI offers traditional ABRSM and Suzuki methods. Music Institute of Long Island prides itself with its outstanding faculty, students, parents and reputation. MILI has won the Best of Long Island and the Best of Nassau yearly.
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—Submitted by the
Music Institute of Long Island

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