Music Student of the Month
The Music Student of the Month Program is generously underwritten by
The Provident Bank Foundation.
Seven Area Students Honored as Music Students of the Month of February
(Morristown, NJ)— Students from Morristown, Parsippany, Chester, Randolph, Rockaway and Chatham were honored as Mayo Performing Arts Center February Music Students of the Month – Outstanding String Musicians -- prior to the Saturday, February 22 performance by Sarah Chang and Julio Elizalde.
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 also had the opportunity to meet Ms. Chang.
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, West Morris Central High School, Chester; Nominated by Carol Meiseles
Ariella has been a strong leader in the orchestra since her freshman year. She leads the cello section in the school orchestra and Baroque orchestra. Ariella has also been a member of a student-led string quarter for the past four years and performed at MPAC’s fundraising gala last Spring.
Grade 8, Mountain View Middle School, Mendham; (Nominated by William Alzaher)
In school, Jessica plays violin and participates in the Senior Orchestra, Junior Orchestra, Advanced Orchestra, and multiple other community orchestras. She has been playing for over eight years. Jessica is also a section leader of the select choir, Mountain View Singers.
Grade 11, Parsippany High School, Parsippany; Nominated by Gregory Dalakian
Phyllis is a cellist and plays in her school pit orchestras. She has been a member of the Region Orchestra for the past three years and All-State Orchestra the past two years. Phyllis also plays the flute in the PHS Wind Ensemble and plays the piano as well.
Grade 12, Morristown High School, Morristown; Nominated by Norma Davis
For the past four years, Andriy has been an exceptional violinist in the Morristown High School Orchestra, serving as section leader for two years and concertmaster for two years. He is also a member of the select String Ensemble and volunteers his time to perform at the Morristown Medical Center, Morris Museum, and many school and community events. In addition to being selected for the Region I and All-State Orchestras, he has performed as a soloist in school and in public recitals. A well-rounded musician, Andriy takes AP Music Theory and studies Music Composition. He has a strong interest in utilizing music technology to write and record his original compositions.
Grade 10, Randolph High School, Randolph; Nominated by David Imhof
Kane is a sophomore and was recently awarded a seat in the Senior High Region I Orchestra. At RHS, Kane is a member of the Chamber Strings Ensemble and the Advanced String Ensemble, “Arietta.” He studies violin with Eric Schaberg and Norma Davis. Outside of school, Kane has formed his own string trio that plays at special events. He is currently working on the solo piece, “Dance of the Goblins” by Antonio Bazzini.
Grade 8, Copeland Middle School, Rockaway; Nominated by Ardith Collins
Danica is an outstanding violinist and musician. She has played violin in Rockaway Township Schools since 4th Grade and has been a member of the Copeland String Ensemble for three years. At Copeland, Danica is an Honors student and a member of the National Jr. Honor Society and Rogate. Outside of school, she plays soccer and softball for Rockaway Township teams and also plays the piano. Her dedication, leadership and talent make her a valuable member of the Copeland Middle School music department.
Grade 11, Chatham High School, Chatham; Nominated by Dr. Barbara Klemp
Over his past three years at Chatham High School, Alexander has been a dedicated member of the CHS Orchestra program and continually seeks opportunities to perform through the North Jersey School Music Association and New Jersey Youth Symphony Orchestra. He generously gives his time as a member of the Pops Orchestra, as a musician in the pit orchestra for CHS musicals, and as a volunteer for fundraising events. Alexander is always willing to take on any opportunity to perform as a soloist, ensemble member, or accompanist.
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