CHATHAM, NJ - Evelyn Tomaro, an eighth-grade student at the Chatham Middle School, was among the students recently named Music Student of the Month for April by the Mayo Performing Arts Center.

"Evelyn is an outstanding pianist," CMS music teacher Christie Spriggs, who nominated Tomaro for the award, said. "She has been playing piano and competing successfully on the instrument for several years. She has additionally performed at several places including Carnegie Hall.

"Evelyn has actively participated in our school district as an accompanist for the elementary and middle school choral groups for the past four years. She has recently written a piece of music on the piano that she is currently transcribing for our 8th grade band to perform in the spring."

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Students from schools based in Madison, Parsippany, Morristown, Florham Park, Chester, Chatham, Oak Ridge, Kinnelon and Randolph were honored as Mayo Performing Arts Center April Music Students of the Month - Outstanding Piano Players -- prior to the Thursday, April 20 performance by the Joey Alexander Trio.

The students were recognized for their achievements on stage prior to the concert and had the opportunity to meet Joey Alexander prior to the event.

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.