WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Tri-M (Music Modern Masters) Honor Society at West Orange High School (WOHS) welcomed 31 new members to its ranks during a special induction ceremony recently held in the media center.

Tri-M Advisor John Hellyer said he is extremely proud of the Tri-M Music Honors Society members as well as all of the students who participate in the many performing groups available to them at WOHS, including Concert Choir, Honors Chamber Choir, Glee Choir, Jubilee Choir, Tenor and Bass Choir, Treble Choir, Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, Royal Strings, Spring Musical, Dance, Step Teams and more.

"We have a wealth of talent among these students and are thrilled we can provide so many opportunities for them to flourish," he said. "Tri-M encompasses the philanthropic and citizenship aspects of being a good performer. The students support their department and each other by volunteering for service at music and theatre events. It is truly inspiring to see them as such advocates for each other."

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Requirements for acceptance into Tri-M include A's in a student’s music/arts/dance class, A's and B's in other classes and a recommendation from his or her teacher. In addition, students must complete eight hours of community service to the music department (ushering concerts/plays, helping with Band and Color Guard Festivals, etc.)

Students receive a certificate and Tri-M pin upon their induction, and seniors will receive a pink cord to wear during their graduation ceremony in June.

"The importance of music as part of a well-rounded education could not be underscored any better than by the fact that the president and vice president of Tri-M also happen to be the Salutatorian and Valedictorian of the Class of 2020," said Hellyer. "Tri-M encompasses the philanthropic and citizenship aspects of being a good performer and students support their department and each other by volunteering for service at music and theatre events. It is truly inspiring to see them as such strong advocates for each other.”

Newly-inducted Tri-M members include:

Julian Adams

Allison BrizuelaFernandez

Jorielyn Bunao

Julie Ann Depina

Alexa DeRonde

Meghan Ford-Titus

Esther Gratia

Celastina Hernandez Pemberton

Gabriel Infante

Lynn Isaac

Risa Kampel

Brithney Lachira

Emily Liew

Iliana Minervino

Christopher Mongelli

Rose Murphy-Braunstein

Joseph Nalieth

Ayush Narain

Kevin Ng

Marcus Oshiro

Alexis Palmere

Gabrielle Payne

Stephany Reyes

Nicole Rojas

Jillian Russell

Shrey Sanghvi

Emma Svetvilas

Mellany Smith

Israel Soto, Jr.

Oscar Su

Kaiya Thorton

 

TRI-M Chapter 2854 Officers include:

President — Brett Zeligson

Vice-President — Anika Fernandes

Secretary — Steve Brizuela Fernandez

Treasurer — Johan Vasquez

Orchestra Liaison — Ziyana Amanuel

Band Liaisons — Ruth Donagher & Jennifer Maciejak

Chorus Liaison — Joseph Florendo

Drama Liaison — Veena Steaphen

 

WOHS Music & Drama Department staff members include:

Mr. William Farley

Mr. John Hellyer, Chapter Advisor

Mr. Lewis Kelly

Mrs. Erin Lagatic

Ms. Wendy Mapes

Dr. Elena Peres

Ms. Catherine Solino

Mr. Joshua Zimmer

 

UPCOMING CONCERTS

December 5, 2019 – WINTER CHORAL CONCERT

December 16, 2019 – CHAMBER MUSIC NIGHT

January 9, 2020 – WINTER ORCHESTRA CONCERT

January 16, 2020 – WINTER BAND CONCERT

March 27-28-19, 2020 – SPRING MUSICAL – “The Drowsy Chaperone”