The Cranford Eagle April 27, 2000
April 27, 2000
Twenty-one students from Hillside Avenue School in Cranford have been chosen to participate in the 2000 New Jersey All State Honor's Choruses. This is the largest number of students chosen from any single school in the state.
The students, under the direction of Tom Pedas, vocal music director at the school, were chosen based on competitive auditions in January and will perform along with students from around the state in the annual concert to be at 4:30 p.m. on May 6 in the Columbia High School auditorium, Parker Avenue, Maplewood.
This annual event is sponsored by the New Jersey Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Association and gives talented students from around the state the opportunity to perform under the direction of outstanding choral conductors.
The Elementary Honor Choir will be directed by Judith Willoughby of Temple University and the Junior High Honor Choir by Pedas.
Each choir is made of 120 students from around the state selected through auditions in January. Students have been rehearsing with their sponsoring choral directors and in regional rehearsals throughout the state.
They will meet their guest conductors for the first time on the morning of the concert for some intense rehearsals before the 4:30 p.m. concert.
Hillside Avenue School students chosen for the elementary chorus are Patrick Ahern, Leon Blanes, Peter Collier, Christopher Davitt, Courtney Koellner, Jonathan Llenza, Jaclyn Morgese, Eric Murphy, Thomas Sheridan and Cristine Wilson.
Hillside Avenue students chosen for the Junior High Chorus are Chelsea Lanier, Brian Niemic, Todd Wilson, Kelly Wegryn, Kate Vaupel, Michael Davitt, Art Ernst, Willian Singer, Jan Hoffacker, Robert Piatkowski and Ryan Meier.
Other Cranford students chosen are Samantha Dango, Kate Esolda, Mark Harley and Jillian Widdows from Cranford High School, Eddie Egan from Seton Hall Prep, Kyle English from Wardlaw Hartridge School and Jarrod Schlenker from Orange Avenue School.
Area kids tabbed to perform with All-State Chorus
Cranford Chronicle - May 4, 2000
CRANFORD, N.J. A total of 28 township students have been chosen for the New Jersey All-State Honors Chorus.
They include 21 students from the Hillside Avenue School: Patrick Ahern, Lean Blanes, Peter Collier, Christopher Davitt, Michael Davitt, Art Ernst, Jay Hoffacker, Courtney Koellner, Chelsea Lanier, Jonathan Llenza, Ryan Meier, Jaclyn Morgese, Eric Murphy, Brian Niemiec, Robert Piakowski, Thomas Sheridan, William Singer, Kate Vaupel, Kelly Wegryn, Cristine Wilson and Todd Wilson.
Seven singers, meanwhile, are from Cranford High School: Samantha Dango, Kate Esolda, Mark Harley and Jullian Widdows.
Chosen from Orange Avenue School was Jarrod Schlenker.
Also in the chorus from Cranford are Eddie Egan, who attends school in West Orange, and Kyle English from Edison.
All are scheduled to sing in two choirs at the Honors Chorus concert.
The Junior High Honor Choir will be under the direction of Tom Pedas, director of vocal music at Hillside Avenue School.
The Elementary Honor Choir will be under the direction of Judith Willoughby at Temple University.
Each choir has 120 students from across the Garden State, selected through competitive auditions held in January.
The Honors Chorus concert is sponsored by the New Jersey Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Association.
Joining together in song
Creating harmony in young lives
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July 8, 1999
Justin an eighth grader was chosen to participate in the 1999 New Jersey All State Junior High Honor Choir. Justin is a member of his school band and chorus, and sings with the Celebration Singers Children's Choir under the direction of Tom Pedas. His selection was based on auditions held in January, and he recently performed with students from around the state in the annual concert in the Westfield High School auditorium.
This annual event is sponsored by the New Jersey Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Association, and gives talented students from around the state the opportunity to perform under the direction of nationally known choral conductors. This year's guest conductor of the Junior High Chorus is Dr. Bady Alfred, associate professor and director of choral activities at Duquesne University.
The Cranford Eagle April 29, 1999
April 29, 1999
Tom Pedas's students rehearse for Saturday's concert by the New Jersey All State Honors Choirs at Westfield High School.
Tom Pedas, The Celebration Singers and Children's Chorus