Mary Beth Negalski has been my French Horn Teacher since I was in the sixth grade. She graduated from Eastman School of Music with a degree in Performance. A few years ago, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a chronic disease of the central nervous system. Mrs. Negalski continued to teach and throughout the years produced many exceptional students. Most of whom competed and performed in County, State, All-Eastern, and National ensembles. Many went on to be professional french horn players and/or music teachers. I have never seen my teacher perform, however last year I was able to hear a recording of her junior recital at Eastman. She is still one of the greatest horn players I have ever heard, and with out a doubt, the greatest horn teacher in western New York. For the past few years, my sister and I have collected pledges and walked the ten mile MS walk in Buffalo. All the money goes to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Hopefully someday a cure will be found to stop this awful disease.
You've given me
the words lord, and the music,
a song of life that's new and unrehearsed,
For now, lord, and forever,
be my music
and make my life a symphony of praise.
- B.J. Hoff