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The Mayo Performing Arts Center is thrilled to continue our Music Student of the Month (MSOM) program.  This student recognition program was recognized as “outstanding” by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and has honored hundreds of students over the last fifteen years.

Now in its 16th year, the Music Student of the Month program honors Morris County middle and high school students nominated by their music teacher, not only for their excellence as musicians but for the dedication, leadership, and commitment to their entire school community.  Each month teachers are asked to nominate an outstanding musician in a particular category including, Jazz Musicians, Brass Players, Wind Players, Percussionists, Guitarists, Pianists, Orchestra Members, Band Members etc.  Students are honored before a chosen performance where they receive recognition on stage and complimentary tickets to that evening’s show.  All students who are honored throughout the course of the MSOM season will have the opportunity to participate in a recital in June 2018 on stage at MPAC.  Press releases and pictures of the award recipients are also sent out to local papers monthly.

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

The 2017-2018 Music Student of the Month program is supported by The Walter F. and Alice Gorham Foundation, Inc.

2018 Music Students of the Month

March/April 2018 - Itzhak Perlman

Pictured in photo:
Jonathan DeSimone -Grade 8, Madison Junior School; Madison
Lauren Spencer – Grade 12, Randolph High School; Randolph
Jessica Vogel -Grade 11, Morristown High School; Morristown

Students from Randolph, Morristown, Florham Park and Madison were honored as Mayo Performing Arts Center’s Music Students of the Month – Outstanding Violinists — prior to the Saturday, April 21 performance by Itzhak Perlman.

The students were recognized for their achievements on stage prior to the concert.

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 2017-2018 Music Student of the Month program is supported by The Walter F. and Alice Gorham Foundation, Inc.

Music Students of the Month are: (bios provided by school)

Emma Daly
Grade 7, Ridgedale Middle School; Florham Park; Nominated by Michael Leone
Emma began her violin experience at our middle school as in incoming sixth grader who was quiet, understated, and finding herself.  In the span of a year she has become a confident leader in our ensemble who leads by example.  She is always willing to help others, and she has some of the best manners that I’ve seen in a middle school student.  Her dedication to being prepared and to being a strong contributor to our strings program sets her apart from others, as well as strengthens those around her.

Jonathan DeSimone
Grade 8, Madison Junior School; Madison; Nominated by Kathleen McCormick
Every orchestra has their concertmaster, or soloist who has great technical ability but without solid, accomplished section members, there would be no orchestra.  This is where Jonathan has excelled the past three years I have known him.  He is one of my most dedicated orchestra members, responsibly attending weekly lessons, learning whichever violin part I need him to perform and even playing percussion with precise rhythmic accuracy at our last concert.  Because of his hard work, Jonathan was able to improve his playing, earning him a spot in the 8th grade honors chamber ensemble where he will be featured at our graduation ceremony.  Jonathan also volunteers at after school rehearsals, helping younger 5th grade students learn their orchestra music.

Lauren Spencer
Grade 12, Randolph High School; Randolph; Nominated by Eric Schaberg
Lauren is currently the concertmaster of the Chamber String Orchestra and the Assistant Concert Master of the Arietta String Ensemble.  She is a wonderful role model for the younger violinists in orchestra.  She is always on time to rehearsal and give the tuning pitch in the beginning of class.  Lauren is always prepared on her orchestra repertoire and is comfortable in her leadership role in the Randolph High School Orchestra program.  She will be performing in the Bruch Violin Concerto later this spring with the Arietta Ensemble which a great way to finish her High School Orchestra experiences.

Jessica Vogel
Grade 11, Morristown High School; Morristown; Nominated by Norma Davis
Jessica Vogel is a dedicated member of the Morristown High School Orchestra, where she serves as section leader for the first violins.  She also performs with the MHS Chamber Orchestra, the select Camerata ensemble, and the Pit Orchestra for the school musical.  She has performed in the pit orchestra at Frelinghuysen Middle School, and is a valuable member of the Delbarton Abbey Orchestra.  Jessica was selected for the NJSMA HS Region I Orchestra for the past two years, and for the NJSMA JHS Region I Orchestra during her freshman year.  She performed with the NJMEA Honors Chamber Orchestra last spring.  Jessica has been passionate about the violin since elementary school; her beautiful artistry, enthusiasm, and expressiveness through music are inspiring.  She enjoys sharing her music, performing at numerous school and community venues, such as Care One, the Intergenerational Prom, Fosterfields, Martin Luther King Day, the Morris County Courthouse, and the Solo and Small Ensemble Concert.


December 2017 - Linda Eder

Front row (L-R): Natalie Paitchel, Molly McCarthy, Nicole Narvaez, Ava Chrusciel, Sinclair Stevens, Back row: Caroline Nieto, Nofia Jarbo, Linda Eder (performer), Grace Sittig
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January 2018 - The Birdland All-stars Performance

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