Pedas named guest conductor
Spectator Leader - April 27, 2000
Roselle resident Tom Pedas, music teacher at Hillside Avenue School in Cranford, has been selected by the American Choral Directors Association and the New Jersey Music Educators Association as the guest conductor of the annual Junior High All-State Honor Choir.
The choir will perform May 6 at Columbia High School along with the Elementary All-State Honor Choir, directed by Judith Willoughby of Temple University.
Pedas is known throughout the state for his work as an educator, choral director and musical theater director. Pedas was named a state Master Music Teacher by the N.J. Music Educators Association for his dedicated service to the education of youth.
He has conducted workshops for NJMEA, ACDA and the Richmond Choral Society. Pedas was chosen as the guest conductor for the Region II High School Chorus and was the manager of the ACDA All-Eastern High School Honor, which performed in Boston in 1992.
Pedas has taught award-winning choirs at both Linden High School and Cranford High School. Under his direction, the Cranford High School Madrigal Singers were selected to perform at the Garden State Arts Center, the National Music Conference in Philadelphia, Epcot Center in Florida and the Notre Dame Cathedral in Montreal.
He was the first place winner out of 43 choirs at the Williamsburg Music Festival, performed at William and Mary College for more than 5,000 band and choir members throughout the eastern United States.
For the past five years, he has directed the Celebration Singers and recently directed the opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors. Pedas is also the founder and director of the Celebration Children's Chorus, and the founder of the Linden Summer Playhouse.
He is currently teaching at Hillside Avenue School, where for the last three years he has placed the highest number ofstudents in the Elementary and Junior High All-State Honor Choirs, as well as having students chosen for All-Eastern and National Honor Choirs.
Baton fits well in the hands of Hillside Avenue music teacher
Cranford Chronicle - May 4, 2000
Sunday, April 30, 2000
Tom Pedas, The Celebration Singers and Children's Chorus