During the month of February, members of the Summit High School Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir, and Hilltop String Quintet toured three of Summit's elementary schools to promote the high school's music programs and extracurricular ensembles. Students at Jefferson, Brayton, and Franklin Elementary Schools were treated to rousing performances of works by Vivaldi, Bach, and Copland, as well as arrangements of works by the Beatles and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Mr. Dan King, Chamber Choir Director, and Mrs. Barbara Vierschilling, Chamber Orchestra Director, also explained the nature of their select groups. The assemblies also featured some teaching moments for the students regarding the various sections of the string family and the choir. Fine, Practical, and Performing Arts Supervisor Thomas Maliszewski presided over the events and engaged with the elementary students who were very enthusiastic about the future music programs and performance opportunities that are in store for them!
Additionally, CMS held the NJ Regional Young Musicians Concert at Mason Gross Performing Arts Center. For 34 years the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's (CMS) annual Young Musicians Concerts have provided a unique and thrilling opportunity for advanced high school instrumentalists.
One of the most important aspects of music education is to connect aspiring student musicians with high quality professional artists! It was a privilege that the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center chose the Hilltop String Quintet from Summit High School. The members of the quintet, coached by Mrs. Barbara Vierschilling, are Emily Pommier, Nicole Lee, Marcus Stevenson, Mimi Laws and Julia Baldacchino.
CMS selects the participants through a highly competitive audition process. The selected ensembles won individual coaching sessions with world-renowned CMS musicians prior to their performance at Mason Gross.
This incredible educational experience for our advanced music students gave them the opportunity to meet students from other schools who share the same musical passion for chamber music.