CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham High Student Sophie Andrews and Chatham Middle School students Jamie Lynch and Josh Hinman were honored as Mayo Performing Arts Center March Music Students of the Month - Outstanding String Players -- prior to the Friday, March 24 performance by Eroica Trio.

The students were recognized for their achievements on stage prior to the concert and had the opportunity to meet members of the group.

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. Students will be invited to perform at a year-end recital in June.

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The 2016-2017 Music Student of the Month program is sponsored by The Provident Bank Foundation. The nominations and bios for the Chatham students follow.

Sophie Andrews
Grade 10, Chatham High School, Chatham, Nominated by Krystle Graser
Sophie has been a valued member of the School District of the Chatham Orchestra Program since day one. She brings an energy and enthusiasm to orchestral music and our class that not every student is capable of doing. She has emerged as a strong co-leader of our Chamber Orchestra first violin section by taking charge, staying positive, and offering assistance to her peers- in turn, she is highly respected by her classmates.

Her dedication to music and the violin has allowed her to gain entry to our Chamber Orchestra, and outside of school: the New Jersey Youth Symphony, New Jersey Region I Orchestra, and the 2017 Honor Orchestra of America. Given Sophie's accomplishments and contributions to the CHS Orchestra Program and other programs in the state, I believe she is a very strong candidate for being recognized as an MPAC Outstanding String Player.

Josh Hinman
Grade 6, Chatham Middle School, Parsippany, Nominated by Suzanne Bass
Josh is a 6th grade violinist in my orchestra who started playing when he was in third grade. He is a serious student who always participates positively and offers great suggestions during rehearsals. He has worked very hard to get to the level of playing he is at now, by persevering and never giving up. It brings me great satisfaction to witness his success, because I know how hard he has worked to develop his skills on his instrument. I am so proud of Josh.

Jamie Lynch
Grade 6, Chatham Middle School, Parsippany, Nominated by Suzanne Bass
Jamie is a sixth grade violinist who is an exceptional player and student. She is very focused during rehearsals and always contributes positively to the group. Jamie volunteers weekly to help teach our district's beginning 3rd grade string students in an after school program. She volunteers each week to help teach these students and they learn so much from her! She is one of the most mature and dedicated students I have had the pleasure of teaching.