Front row: Chorus Director Deana Larsen, Kelly Chang, DeeAnna Meluso, Jodi Maloney, Stephen Alworth, Sarah Lee, and Chloe Cordasco
Middle row: Jack Sasso, Corinne Maiorano, Jeffrey Farnese, Caitlin Joy, Kristin Shuiey, Elise Donlin, eighth grade band instructor Noreen Lienhard, and strings instructor Annelie Fahlstedt
Callie Russomano, sixth and seventh grade band instructor Paul Larsen, Alex Rosa, Joe Lombardi and Paul Ruffalo
- On Friday, May 16, the sixth grade band, chorus, and orchestra each received Superior ratings at the Great Adventure Music Carousel Festival in Jackson
- At the High Note Festival on Friday, May 31, in Allentown, PA, the grade 7/8 chorus, seventh grade band, eighth grade band, and grade 7/8 orchestra also received Superior ratings. All groups performed for an audience of high school and middle school students from other area bands, orchestras and choruses performing that day. In addition, professional musicians judged the students’ performance and provided comments and suggestions to improve their playing. To earn the superior ratings, the three groups performed selections of their choice. Performances average 20 minutes in length and are critiqued by evaluators. Ratings of superior, excellent or good are assigned to each group.
To participate, each group performed with “on stage” time limited to 20 minutes, including set-up, introduction, and dismissal. Groups are then provided with motivational ratings of good, excellent or superior. Following their performances at the festival, the sixth graders enjoyed the remainder of the afternoon at Great Adventure, and seventh and eighth graders enjoyed the remainder of the afternoon at nearby Dorney Park.
“Each year, we come back from the festivals
with a renewed sense of pride in our students
and a smile on our faces,” said supervisor of music Scott Chamberlain. “Traditionally, we receive all or nearly all ‘superior” ratings,
and this year proved no different.
Our students did an incredible job and we couldn't be prouder.”