For Immediate Release
December 13, 2012
PR 04613-GHS/GIS All SJ 2012
HIGH SCHOOL AND INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL STUDENT MUSICIANS EARN SEATS IN COMPETITIVE REGIONAL ENSEMBLES
GLASSBORO – Nine Glassboro High School students and one Glassboro Intermediate School student have been selected for All South Jersey Honors following competitive regional music competitions held December 8 (Band and Orchestra) at Eastern High School and November 17 (Chorus) at Woodstown High School.
All SJ Jr. High School Orchestra – Eric Gilbert (cello)
All SJ Symphonic Band – Kendall Appleby (flute) and Kaytlynn Capasso (alto saxophone)
All SJ Wind Ensemble – John Gallo (trumpet), Victoria Kuhnel (clarinet), and Sriram Mohanakanthan (euphonium)
All SJ Saxophone Chamber Ensemble – Kaytlynn Capasso (alto saxophone)
All SJ Orchestra and Brass Chamber Ensemble – John Gallo (trumpet)
Students will now participate in regional concerts and are eligible to move on to state competitions. A list of regional concert dates and times follows. The 59th Annual Orchestra and 30th Annual String Ensemble Concert will be held at Rowan University on January 6, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. The 67th Annual Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band Concert will be held at Rowan University on January 13, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. The All South Jersey Jr./Sr. High School Choral Concert will take place on January 26 at 8 p.m. and January 27 at 3 p.m. at Eastern High School. The 6th Annual Chamber Ensemble Festival will take place at Mainland Regional High School on February 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Seven of the student honorees are members of the selective Glassboro High School Fine and Performing Arts Academy, including Appleby, Capasso, Gallo, Kuhnel, Mohanakanthan, Ritter and Wible. Students accepted to the program take advanced coursework, earn college credits, and use practice and performance space at neighboring Rowan University, which is partnering in the Academy. Approved by the State Department of Education as a School of Choice Program, the Fine and Performing Arts Academy increases educational opportunities by allowing students to attend a public school outside their home district without cost to their parents. (A second Glassboro academy, for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, will open next school year.) The academies are open to seventh through twelfth grade applicants. More academy information is Glassboro School District Website (www.glassboroschools.us).
Myers said that the students worked especially hard this year. Gallo placed first in the overall trumpet auditions this year and was selected for SJ Honors last year as well. Appleby, Capasso and Kuhnel are also returning honorees. Capasso successfully challenged herself to place in a different category this year, moving from tenor to alto saxophone. Appleby and Kuhnel placed higher than they did in last year’s auditions. Mohanakanthan achieved second place overall in euphonium auditions, an instrument he transitioned to just this year after starting out as a trumpeter in the Glassboro Fine and Performing Arts Academy.