2007 - 2008 South School Year In Review

In September, we welcomed two student teachers from The College of New Jersey, Ms. Michelle Fabrizi and Mr. Joseph Ramalho. We also welcomed 550 students into our instrumental music program. Music lessons and before school rehearsals were in full swing!

In December, music students performed their winter musical selections in two separate concerts for both the South Brunswick and Crossroads South communities. 6th grader Aditi Devrajan, 7th grader Skyler Gonzalez and 8th grader Quentin Madia received the Westminster Conservatory of Music scholarships. We had our Blue Mountain candle sale and distributed 1,277 candles.

In January, student teachers Ms. Caroline Oszustowicz from Westminster Choir College and Mr. Martin Eck from Rutgers University joined us. The Jazz Band received the rating of “Outstanding” at the Nottingham High School Jazz Band Festival. Nikhil Roy was selected as outstanding soloist. Conan Chen and Phoebe Tse successfully auditioned for the Central Jersey Region II Band.

February saw 1,236 pizza kits delivered to Crossroads South and a team of Music Parents distributed all of them to their rightful owners.

The production of 42nd Street took place in March with an all middle school cast and pit orchestra. You had to see it to believe it! Also in March, the Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble performed in the Princeton Jazz Band Festival. The Jazz Ensemble received a rating of “Excellent.” The Jazz Band received an “Outstanding” rating and the Best Trombone Section award.

In May, the Vocal Ensemble performed in the New Jersey Middle School Choral Festival at Rutgers University and received a rating of Superior.

On June 1 - 2, we took 11 buses and an entourage of 520 students, teachers and chaperones to our annual junket to Hershey Park with the results as follows:

Our ten performing groups were winners in every way! On June 3, the Choirs and Strings performed their Spring Concert to a standing-room only audience. 7th grader Brian Lee received the vocal scholarship and 6th grader Cagnie Antczak received the string scholarship.

And, on June 6, 2007, we presented our Annual Spring Concert!