From South Orange Maplewood Schools music program:
Saturday, May 13th, SOMS orchestra director Mr. Bill Cook hosted the
All-North Jersey Elementary Honors Orchestra Festival at South Orange
Middle School . The event is sponsored by the North Jersey
School Music Association and is comprised of fourth through sixth grade
students from the area.
CHS orchestra director Mr. Todd Van Beveren
was on hand to assist, along with some of his CHS orchestra students.
Honors Orchestra students were divided into three performing ensembles,
based on their school orchestra teacher’s recommendation. The students
spent the day rehearsing in these large ensembles and in an instrument
specific section rehearsal. The culmination of the day was a concert,
where each of the 3 groups performed.
Students involved in the
festival came from ten different districts in the north Jersey area.
South Orange and Maplewood had students participating from Clinton,
Jefferson, Maplewood Middle and South Orange Middle Schools. Sponsors
of these students are Mr. Bill Cook from SOMS, Ms. Annamaria
Chilimintris from MMS and Mrs. Jennifer Hershfield from the elementary