All-South Jersey and All-State musicians recognized by Board of Education

Students named to the All-South Jersey and All-State Honors Ensembles were recognized at the March BOE work session meeting.

Washington Township High School junior Madelyn Yerkes accepts the congratulations of Board of Education member Candice Zachowski. Yerkes is the school’s most decorated musician, earning recognition on the All-South Jersey Chorus, the All-State Mixed Chorus and the All-Eastern Mixed Chorus.

The Washington Township High School Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts Robert Frampton and the Board of Education recognized students from the district named to All-South Jersey and All-State honors ensembles at last week’s Board of Education work session meeting.

According to Frampton, the selection process required many months of practice and direction from music teachers. The audition involves anonymous performances of scales, a prepared solo and a piece of music students have never seen or practiced before. Students’ past credits and performance stats are not discussed in the audition, and the position must be earned each and every year. After selection, musicians perform with other talented students from either South Jersey or the state under the direction of a notable conductor.

“It’s an invaluable life experience for these students that cannot be replicated in a regular school setting,” Frampton said.

The impressive collection of talent included:

All-South Jersey Chorus
Bunker Hill Middle School: Isabelle Nutt, Marissa Pestritto, Andrew Seagraves, Taylor Wise and Isabella Vona.

Chestnut Ridge Middle School: Brenna McCuen and Troy Smith.

Orchard Valley Middle School: Juliana Brunetti, Alex Diaz, Alison Maselek and Gavin Sankus.

Washington Township High School
Kira Caines, Stephanie Masapollo, Baily Wielhouwer, Nathan Tran, Antonia Brunnetti, Angelica Carroll, Alexa Liss, Sarah Perez, Marco Santos, Victor Rodriguez, Zack Romann, Amanda Watson, Janel Weeks and Madelyn Yerkes.

All-South Jersey Orchestra

Bunker Hill Middle School: Emma Chu, violin; Katrina Lucero, violin; Arrington Scott, cello; Jennifer Depka, viola

Chestnut Ridge Middle School: Colin Shaw, Bass

Orchard Valley Middle School: Rachel Heil, viola

Washington Township High School: Clara Fok, violin; Andrea Eleazar, violin; Laurel DiStefano, violin; Sami Jamieson, bass; Catherine Nyugen, violin; Kyle Lucero, viola; Marissa LaSalle, viola; Matthew Venuti, viola; David Grosmick, cello; Colin Ly, clarinet

All-South Jersey Band

Bunker Hill Middle School: Kayla Flaherty, clarinet and Julio Falcon, alto saxophone.

Chestnut Ridge Middle School: Jarett LeVan, trombone and Kristian Raices, trombone.

All-South Jersey Symphonic Band

Washington Township High School: Gianna Pizzutillo, flute; Maria Forte, clarinet; Jenniann Herrera, clarinet; Alexcis Hickman, bass clarinet; Chris Sawyer, alto saxophone; Noah Avis, baritone saxophone; Tim Alibrando, trumpet; Josh Ticcino, french horn; Ben Leusner, tuba; Luke Parrish, tuba.

All-South Jersey Wind Ensemble

Washington Township High School: Colin LY, clarinet; Myles Huggins, soprano saxophone; Seth Parrish, trombone; Matt Murgo, percussion.

All-South Jersey Chamber Ensemble

Washington Township High School: Alexcis Hickman, bass clarinet

State Honors Guitar Ensemble

Washington Township High School: Louis Testa

All-State Treble Chorus

Washington Township High School: Janel Weeks

All-State Mixed Chorus

Washington Township High School: Alexa Liss, Amanda Watson and Madelyn Yerkes.

All-Eastern Mixed Chorus

Washington Township High School: Madelyn Yerkes