Music Student of the Month

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MPAC Music Students of February - Orchestra

Students from schools based in Mendham, Morristown, Rockaway, and Randolph were honored as Mayo Performing Arts Center February Music Students of the Month – Outstanding Orchestra Members-- prior to the Thursday, February 23 performance by National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine.

The students were recognized for their achievements on stage prior to the concert and had the opportunity to meet members of the orchestra.

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 2016-2017 Music Student of the Month program is sponsored by The Provident Bank Foundation.

Music Students of the Month are: (bios provided by school):
Jessica Bach
Grade 11, West Morris Mendham High School, Mendham, Nominated by Mary Daly
Jessica is a gifted violinist who loves to get involved with a multitude of activities. Jessica is looked up to by all Orchestra members because of her talent and her supportive demeanor. She has been a member of WMMHS Orchestra for three years. She has performed in NJSMA Honors HS Orchestra for two years; WMMHS premiere Select String Ensemble for three years, our Cabaret Ensemble for three years, and is currently a member of the WMMHS Pit Orchestra for the production of Sweeny Todd. Jess loves to help others and she loves a challenge. She has learned viola and cello parts to assist students and assisted by performing on piano. She is supportive, enthusiastic, and patient.

Jacqueline Benson
Grade 11, Morristown High School, Morristown, Nominated by Norma Davis
Jacqueline is a dedicated member of the Morristown High School Orchestra. She is passionate about playing the violin, and she inspires her peers through her enthusiasm and leadership. In addition to serving as section leader of the MHS Orchestra, Jackie has performed as a soloist with the orchestra, and she is a member of the select Camerata and Chamber Orchestra at school. She has performed at numerous school and community service events. Jackie has been selected as a violinist for Region Orchestra and the All-State Honors Chamber Orchestra. She is also a member of the New Jersey Youth Symphony, the NJYS Chamber Music Program, and she studies violin at Mannes Prep. Jackie hopes to pursue orchestral studies in college.

Matthew Faber
Grade 8, Copeland Middle School, Rockaway, Nominated by Ardith Collins
Matthew is an excellent violin student who has played in the Copeland Middle School String Ensemble for 3 years. He is a dedicated and fun-loving student who displays natural ability for music. He is looking forward to high school where he is excited to take classes in computer science and finance, as well as to continue to participate in String Ensemble at Morris Knolls High School.

Julia Rock-Torcivia
Grade 8, Copeland Middle School, Rockaway, Nominated by Ardith Collins
Julia is an outstanding student who has played violin in the Copeland Middle School String Ensemble for three years. She excels academically and was recently accepted into the highly selective Magnet Program for Math and Science at Morris Hills High School. Outside of school, Julia has been a member of the Lakeland Youth Symphony for three years, she studies violin with Ming Yang of the New Jersey Symphony, and is also a member of the Precisely Right Synchronized Skating Team through the Skating Club of Morris.

Paul Ward
Grade 10, Randolph High School, Randolph, Nominated by Eric Schaberg
Paul was recently awarded fourth chair in Senior Region 1 Orchestra after going through an audition process and secured the only bass seat in the Senior Region 1 Wind Ensemble. He is a Principal Bass in Arietta Advanced String Ensemble, a member of the Randolph High School Jazz Ensemble and Chamber Strings on string bass. Paul has helped mentor younger bassists and always leads by example in orchestra. He is a true gentleman and has a very bright future ahead of him.

The Music Student of the Month Program is generously underwritten by:

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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
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