Students from St. John the Apostle in Clark performed with renowned violinist Andre Rieu
Cranford Chronicle - New Jersey Suburban News June 28, 2010
June 28, 2010
Students from Saint John the Apostle School in Clark are waiting in their dressing room
to appear on stage at the Nassau Coliseum with Andre Rieu and his orchestra.
Eileen Esposito, computer teacher, and Tom Pedas, music director, joined the group.
A MUSIC CELEBRATION - Nine boys from Saint John the Apostle School in Clark recently performed with world renowned violinist Andre Rieu and his 55-piece orchestra at Nassau Coliseum. This was the first stop on their "Celebration of Music" North American tour. The tour also releases a new album "Forever Vienna" on June 29 as it continues to tour North America and prepares for another PBS special. The students from Saint John that participated were from Cranford, Scotch Plains, Linden, Rahway. The Saint John the Apostle School Choir is under the direction of Tom Pedas, music teacher at the school.
Tom Pedas, selected as a Master Music Teacher of New Jersey by the NJMEA, started teaching music at Saint John in 2007 after he retired from the public schools of Linden and Cranford, where his choirs were consistently rated high in various state and national competitions. As the director of the Saint John choir, he took the choir to a "Music in the Parks" competition in 2009, where they received a superior rating and first place trophy. In May 2010, they again performed in a "Music in the Parks" competition, where they not only received another superior rating, but also achieved the Highest Over All Score of the entire Festival, with a score of 98.25 out of a possible 100 points.
In addition to the boys from Saint John, Rieu and his Orchestra were joined on stage by young women from Jersey City's Saint Dominic Academy Choir. Together, they performed Michael Jackson's "Earth Song" as a special tribute to the late singer. Saint Dominic Academy and Saint John the Apostle School are schools run by the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, New Jersey and are part of the Newark Archdiocese. The principal of Saint John the Apostle is Sister Donna Marie, O. P.
New Jersey Suburban News June 21, 2010
June 21, 2010
Tom Pedas, music director, and Sister Donna Marie, principal of Saint John the Apostle School.
CLARK - The Saint John the Apostle School Choir received a Superior Rating at a "Music in the Parks" adjudication for the second year in a row.
This year, with a score of 98.25 out of a possible 100 points the school choir also received the "Outstanding Overall" award. Out of 22 elementary, middle school and high school bands, choirs and orchestras from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the Clark school's choir had the highest over all score of the festival. The awards were presented at Dorney Park in Pennsylvania.
The 45-voice choir is under the direction of Tom Pedas, a former music teacher in the Cranford and Linden Public Schools and founder of the Celebration Children's Choir and Linden Summer Playhouse.
Carly Nygard, a famous composer, conductor, and educator, had this to say about the choir "You should be very proud. You are making music on a very high level. I enjoyed hearing you."
Dr. Paula Zerkle, head of the choral department at Moravian College, said "there are great things happening in this choir and it is a pleasure to hear such young children singing so fine."
New Jersey Suburban News May 28, 2010
May 28, 2010
CLARK - The Saint John the Apostle School Choir, under the direction of Tom Pedas, went to an adjudication at the Music in the Parks Festival, May 14, and received a Superior Rating for the second year in a row. This year, with a score of 98.25 out of a possible 100 points the Schola Choir also received the "Outstanding Over All" award which means that out of 22 elementary, middle school and high school bands, choirs and orchestras from NY, NJ and PA, that our school choir had the highest over all score.
New Jersey Suburban News May 21, 2009
May 21, 2009
CLARK--The Saint John the Apostle School Choir in Clark recently received a "superior" rating and came in first place in their division at Kutztown University in a Music in the Parks Festival. Sixteen elementary, middle and high school choirs from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York participated in this Festival. A superior rating is the highest honor given at the adjudication.
Conor, a fourth grade choir member at the school, received the "Outstanding over all soloist award" at the festival for his solo in "Amazing Grace". Conor recently sang with the New Jersey Elementary All State Honor Choir and sings with the Celebration Singers children's choir in Cranford.
The 44-voice choir is under the direction of Tom Pedas, a former music teacher in the Cranford and Linden public schools.
"This is my second year at Saint John and this is the first time that our school has ever participated in any kind of a festival so I was elated with how well our children did," Pedas said.
New Jersey Suburban News May 7, 2009
May 7, 2009
Students recently performed with the New Jersey All State Elementary Honor Choir under the direction of Tom Pedas. Also performing was the Junior High All State Honor choir made up of students in grades seven to nine. The high school All State Choir performs in November in Atlantic City and NJPAC.
CLARK-Saint John the Apostle School in Clark recently presented its spring concert featuring Schola, the school choir, and members of the sixth, seventh and eighth grade general music classes, under the direction of Tom Pedas , music director at the school.
The concert opened with the Schola singing a medley of songs from "Phantom of the Opera". This was followed by "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" featuring a fourth grade soloist. Mel Freda was the accompanist for the Schola. Two eighth grade pianists were then featured playing piano solos.
The second part of the concert was students from the sixth, seventh and eighth grade general music classes presenting selections from "Fiddler on the Roof".
Tom Pedas, The Celebration Singers and Children's Chorus