Music Student of the Month
The Music Student of the Month Program is generously underwritten by
The Provident Bank Foundation.
Twelve Area Students Honored as April Music Students of the Month
BACK ROW (from left to right): Abeba Isaac (Rockaway), Patty Doyle (Madison), Jessica Palmisano (Budd Lake), Kissy Simmons, Mandy Gonzalez, Carolee Carmello (performers), Jane Kurek (Provident Bank Foundation), Paige Pendergrast (Chatham), Lea Sevola (Randolph), Adam Sokolski (Kinnelon)
FRONT ROW (from left to right): Camille Bourland (Morristown), Pooja Agarwal (Montville), Jami Wilkinson (Mendham), Talia Wynzel (Parsippany)
Not pictured: Emily Peters (Mendham); Sarah Davitian-Reiner (Florham Park)
(Morristown, NJ) - Students from schools based in Morristown, Florham Park, Madison, Rockaway, Budd Lake, Chatham, Mendham, Randolph, Kinnelon, and Parsippany, were honored as Mayo Performing Arts Center March Music Students of the Month – Outstanding Vocalists -- prior to the Saturday, April 14 performance of Broadway Showstoppers.
The students were recognized for their achievements on stage prior to the concert. Jane Kurek, Executive Director, The Provident Bank Foundation, presented the students with certificates honoring their achievements. The students had the opportunity to meet three Broadway performers – Carolee Carmello, Kissy Simmons and Mandy Gonzalez.
Students were nominated by their teachers and were chosen by the Theatre's Education Department based on their commitment to and excellence in the performing arts. The Theatre will honor a group of students every month throughout the season and invites area teachers to nominate students for this honor. Students will be invited to perform at a year-end recital in June.
The 2013-2014 Music Student of the Month program is sponsored by The Provident Bank Foundation.
Music students of the Month are: (bios provided by school)
Grade 12, Morristown-Beard School, Montville; Nominated by Bruce Van Hoven
Pooja has been in the MBS choral program for six years. In that time she has sung alto and soprano as needed, has been a soloist, and is among the strongest singers at school. Pooja has also been a four-year member of Crimsingers, the school's a cappella group and this year she is the group's President. For the past two years, she has sung with a professional touring a cappella group, the Rock n Roll Chorus.
Grade 11, Morristown High School, Morristown; Nominated by Michael Nuzzo
Camille is a third year choir student at MHS. In school, she has been a vocalist in many musical theatre productions as well as soloist in several choral concerts. Camille was recently accepted to both North Jersey Region Choir and New Jersey All-State Choir.
Grade 8, Ridgedale Middle School, Florham Park; Nominated by Sondra Paulson
Sarah has been singing and performing since she was two years old. An active part of her school's music program, Sarah participates in Chorus and Select Choir. In her school musicals, she's played the "Star-to-Be" in Annie, "Glinda" in The Wizard of Oz, "Narrator" in The Jungle Book, "Bielke" in Fiddler on the Roof, "Ruth" in Pirates of Penzance, and "Ronnette" in Little Shop of Horrors. Sarah and her friend created the "Park Performers," a musical performance group that performs at local assisted living and senior housing facilities throughout Morris County.
Grade 12, Madison High School, Madison; Nominated by Caryn Elefante
A soprano in the MHS chorus and member of select jazz chorus, Patty is an exquisite singer and strong musical leader. In addition to her school's music department, Patty is also involved with her church choir and takes many music theory classes. She has participated in Region I Choir, performs covers and original music with her solo vocal act, and has played lead and supporting roles in the MHS musical theatre shows.
Grade 11, Morris Hills High School, Rockaway; Nominated by Anna D'Achille
Abeba is an exemplary musician, vocalist, choir member, section leader, and mentor to fellow vocalists in the MHHS music program. She has participated in choir classes, vocal performance studio, two select ensembles, and numerous spring musicals. Most recently, Abeba played "Miss Hannigan" in MHHS production of Annie. She also performs with the Papermill Playhouse Show Choir. Abeba plans to study musical theatre in college and pursue a career in the performing arts.
Grade 8, Mount Olive Middle School, Budd Lake; Nominated by Susan Saposnik
Jessica is an active member of her school's chorus and is a strong leader of the alto section. She's also fully active in her school's musical theatre shows, having participated in Thoroughly Modern Millie last year and this year, The Little Mermaid. Jessica's original songs and videos about antibullying and the celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have been played school-wide during advisory periods.
Grade 11, Chatham High School, Chatham; Nominated by Dr. Barbara Klemp
Paige is a dedicated member of the CHS choral program, singing soprano two in the advanced a cappella ensemble, Chatham Voices. This year, she was named to the prestigious Honors Music Program at CHS. Paige has also participated in NJSMA Region I and NJ All-State Choral ensembles, and has been consistently cast in lead and supporting roles in the CHS spring musical theatre productions. Following a competitive audition process, Paige was recently named to the Carnegie Hall National High School Honor Choir.
Grade 12, West Morris Mendham High School, Mendham; Nominated by Patty Danner
An active member of her school's music program, Emily participates in the choir and plays violin in the orchestra. In Chamber Choir and Select choir, she leads the alto section. Emily also sings in the female a cappella group, The Treble Makers, and has been featured as a soloist. Last year, she co-choreographed the school's spring musical and this year, she took the lead as choreographer.
Grade 12, Randolph High School, Randolph; Nominated by David Imhof
Lea has been a choral student for the past eight years. She is now the President of Choirs at RHS and actively participates in music in the community. A classically trained vocalist, Lea has experience in classical voice and musical theatre. She enjoys singing in concert choir, chamber choir, and learning as much as she can in music theory class. Lea plans to major in musical theatre in college and to pursue a career in the performing arts.
Grade 12, Kinnelon High School, Kinnelon; Nominated by Charles Linnell
Adam has been a member of the KHS choral program for four years. In that time, he has distinguished himself as a member of the Morris County Choir, NJ Region I Choir, an NJ All- State Chorus. In his school's musicals, Adam has played "Gaston" in Beauty and the Beast, "Prince Dauntless" in Once Upon a Mattress, and "Emile deBeque" in South Pacific.
Grade 8, Mountain View Middle School, Mendham; Nominated by William Alzaher
Jami is the soprano section leader of the Mountain View Singers, a select group at MVMS. She also sings with her school choir and this year, she made it into Jr. Regional Chorus. Jami is a regular soloist in her school's choirs and top academic student.
Grade 8, Central Middle School, Lake Hiawatha; Nominated by Adam Aguanno & Ester Musilli
A dedicated member of her school's chorus, Talia is a strong soprano soloist and section member. She played the leading roles in CMS's productions of Annie Jr. and The Little Mermaid Jr. as well as lead roles at the Lamplight Theater
About The Provident Bank Foundation:
The Provident Bank Foundation was established by New Jersey's oldest bank in 2003 to enhance the quality of life in New Jersey through support of not-for-profit groups, institutions, schools and other organizations that provide services in communities served by Provident Bank. Since its founding, the Foundation has provided more than $18 million in grants for programs focusing on education, health, wellness, recreation, the arts and social and civic services.
About Music Student of the Month
The Mayo Performing Arts Center is thrilled to continue the Music Student of the Month (MSOM) Program this year. This student recognition program was recognized as “outstanding” by the New Jersey State Council of the Arts, and has honored hundreds of students over the last twelve years. Thank you to all you educators who have taken time to nominate students!
Our program is not designed to simply honor extraordinary musicians, but to honor those students who put forth a tremendous effort to embody what it is to be a good member of a band, choir, or orchestra. We are looking for Morris County students who demonstrate extraordinary leadership, personal development, and an overall sense of musicianship.
Each month, we will choose 2-8 students representing various schools. Students who are selected will receive two tickets (one for themselves and one for a chaperone) to a special performance at The Mayo Performing Arts Center during which they will be honored on stage.
We will be handling all nominations through email. To nominate students, please have your MSOM representative email the following information each month:
- Nominating instructor and contact information every month (including phone number, email address and school address)
- Student’s name
- Student’s grade level
- Description (at least a paragraph) as to why they should be chosen