Students start scholarship fund
to honor Sablinsky legacy at SI
By Charles Franz ’08
Both Janet and Nick Sablinsky ’64, the maestros of SI’s music program, will also leave SI in the spring after 35 years working with student singers and musicians.
In addition to conducting the SI Orchestra and the Jazz Band and preparing them for the Winter Pops concert, Nick Sablinsky also teaches the popular music appreciation class.
Most graduates of this class will tell you that it’s the “best class at SI,” and refer to the 1776 musical or sing a verse from “Rothschild and Sons.”
Mr. Sablinsky has taught us much more than the lyrics to musicals; he has taught us all how valuable music is and convinced us that it will always be such an important part of our culture. He hopes to inspire his students to share in his love for music and to pass that love on to others.
Mrs. Sablinsky directs the mixed choir, chamber singers, combined choirs and bell ringers in the new Doris Duke Wall Choral Room. In her rigorous choir classes, she teaches sight-singing, harmonizing, a capella singing and stage presence. Her singers perform at both the Winter Pops and Spring Concerts.
Like her husband, she also teaches what it means to be a musician and how important music is to the world.
The senior class traditionally presents the Sablinskys with a gift on closing night of the Winter Pops Concert. For this run, we treated them to a nice dinner in the city and presented them with several small gifts.
However, we wanted to do something big, something that would last, something that would truly honor them and their lasting legacy to the school for as long as the school exists.
The answer: The Mr. Nick and Mrs. Janet Sablinsky Music Scholarship will be given to a deserving student who demonstrates skill in either a musical instrument or singing.
The musicians and signers who performed at Winter Pops, along with Susan Abellera and myself, were able to initiate and donate to this project.
Our goal is to raise $100,000 to endow this scholarship fully and perpetually, and we need your help.
Express your gratitude and good wishes to the Sablinskys by helping us endow this scholarship, memorializing the Sablinskys for generations to come. Your donations are tax deductible and will go to this new scholarship fund.
Mail your check to the Development Office at St. Ignatius College Preparatory, 2001 37th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116, payable to St. Ignatius and clearly designated for the Sablinsky Scholarship Fund.