MORRISTOWN, NJ - Students from Randolph, Jefferson Township, Kinnelon, Mt. Olive and Morristown have been named as Mayo Performing Arts Center's May Music Students of the Month - Outstanding Percussionists.
The students will receive a certificate for their honor from MPAC and will be featured on the Music Student of the Month page on the MPAC website.
Typically, MSOM honorees are recognized onstage prior to an MPAC event. With MPAC's schedule suspended, that is not possible, but MPAC believes it remains important to recognize the achievements of area music students.
Students were nominated by their teachers and were chosen by the Theatre's Education Department based on their commitment to and excellence in the performing arts. The Theatre will honor a group of students every month throughout the season and invites area teachers to nominate students for this honor.
The 2019-2020 Music Student of the Month program is supported by The Walter F. and Alice Gorham Foundation, Inc.
The following Randolph students were recipients:
Grade 10, Randolph High School; Randolph; Nominated by Anthony Eskin
Ryan is an exceptional percussionist. He plays with grace, musicality, and maturity. In a blind audition, you can easily mistake him for a college percussionist with how musical he is. Throughout his career, he has been a part of the NJSMA Jr. Region Band and the NJSMA Region Band. At Randolph High School, Ryan is active in Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra, Marching Band, Pit Orchestra, and is currently the principal percussionist of the Wind Ensemble. He always brings a positive attitude and a drive to improve his technique to our lessons every week. In addition to being a gifted percussionist, he is also an intellectual and kind person.
Grade 8, Randolph Middle School; Randolph; Nominated by Tom Davidson
Evan Shapo is an 8th Grade Honor Roll student at Randolph Middle School who enjoys playing and performing music and who is very happy to be part of the terrific music program at RMS. Evan has been performing on stage since his earliest years of elementary school in Los Angeles where he participated in musical productions at the local community center and first developed his passion for music. After moving to Randolph, Evan joined the choir in the 4th grade and joined the band as a percussionist in the 5th grade.In addition to joining the middle school band and choir upon his arrival at RMS, Evan was also invited to be a part or the percussion ensemble as a 6th grader, and he really likes being able to play all the different types of percussion instruments, including the mallet percussion instruments marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, and glockenspiel as well as different types of drums such as timpani, bass, and snare.
Eager to play and perform any chance he gets, Evan successfully auditioned for and performed with the North Jersey School Music Association's Junior Region Band on mallet percussion during 7th grade, and he also served as 1st mallet percussionist in the North Jersey Junior Area Band in the 8th grade. Evan also remains involved in musical theater, participating in summer theater programs at Randolph's Brundage Park Playhouse and in several musical theater workshops at Morristown's Mayo Performing Arts Center where he has performed in summer and semester productions including Guys and Dolls and Footloose throughout Middle School. When he is not playing in the band at school, Evan likes to play all kinds of music on the piano, including The Beatles, Broadway, and current pop music.
The following students from neighboring towns were also selected:
Grade 12, Jefferson Township Senior High School
Grade 12, Kinnelon High School
Grade 7, The Peck School; Morristown;
Grade 7, Mount Olive Middle School
Grade 8, Pearl R Miller School; Kinnelon
Mayo Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich, and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey. The 2019-2020 season is made possible, in part, by a grant the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as support received from the F.M. Kirby Foundation and numerous corporations, foundations and individuals. Mayo Performing Arts Center was named 2016 Outstanding Historic Theatre by the League of Historic American Theatres, and is ranked in the top 50 mid-sized performing arts centers by Pollstar Magazine.