Music Student of the Month
The Music Student of the Month Program is generously underwritten by
The Provident Bank Foundation.
Eight Area Students Honored as Music Students of the Month of March
(Morristown, NJ)— Students from Rockaway, Parsippany, Randolph, Mendham, Rockaway, Morris Plains and Florham Park were honored as Mayo Performing Arts Center March Music Students of the Month – Outstanding Wind Musicians -- prior to the Sunday, March 9 performance by Hanover Wind Symphony
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.
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 8, Copeland Middle School, Rockaway;
Nominated by Bria Spotts
Vikram is a part of the Copeland Middle School band, Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble. He takes private saxophone lessons and plays in the New Jersey Youth Symphony.
West Morris Mendham High School, Mendham Township;
Nominated by Timothy Beadle
Ana Berthel plays the flute. She is a leader, friend, and teacher to her peers in her school music program. As section leader, Ana runs sectionals and helps younger students with their music. In addition to playing in concert band, she also plays flute and piano in the jazz ensemble. This year, she auditioned for and was selected for Area Band.
Grade 8, Brooklawn Middle School, Morris Plains;
Nominated by Joseph Stella
Justin plays the tuba in the 8th Grade band. He is the only tuba and holds down the bass line. Justin auditioned and was selected for the Junior Region band this year.
Grade 8, Ridgedale Middle School, Florham Park;
Nominated by Matthew Testa
Brian is a trumpet player and lead player in Concert Band and Jazz Band. He has been invited to play with the MUJC Jointure Band and this year, will be playing as the 4th chair trumpet player in the NJSMA Junior Honor Band. In addition to music, Brian is dedicated to the school drama club, where last fall, he played Chris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street. This spring, he plays Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors.
Grade 10, Parsippany High School, Parsippany;
Nominated by Gregory Dalakian & Erin Grieder
Lawrence plays the clarinet and has been first chair in North Jersey Region Band and Region Orchestra the last two years. He’s also made the All-State Band.
Grade 12, Randolph High School, Randolph;
Nominated by David Imhof
Daniel began playing clarinet in 5th grade, where he was inspired to switch to bass clarinet. He has participated in multiple ensembles inside and outside of the Randolph High School music program. Under the tutelage of Mrs. Jennifer Branch, he has performed in three different clarinet choirs. He was also the section leader of the Randolph Marching Rams, and has been principal bass clarinet of the Randolph Wind Ensemble for two years. Daniel has also participated in Junior Region Band, Region Symphonic Band, Region Wind Ensemble, Area Band (Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble), Region Orchestra, Region Chamber Ensembles and All-State Band. In addition to these ensembles, Daniel also took part in the Randolph Community Marching Band, the Randolph Pit Orchestra and Randolph Symphonic Orchestra.
Grade 7, Mountain View Middle School, Mendham;
Nominated by Leigh Carpenter
Jack is a musical leader among his peers. Advanced for his age, he understands high level concepts in music and applies them to his playing. Besides music theory, Jack has insights in analyzing and understanding all aspects of music. He has a beautiful embouchure and ton and excellent playing facility.
Grade 9, Parsippany Hills High School, Morris Plains;
Nominated by Michael Iapicca
Eileen auditioned and was accepted into the North Jersey Junior and Senior Region Bands. In school, she participates in marching band, wind ensemble, and clarinet ensemble.
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