The Ridgewood Choral is pleased to announce saxophonist Isaac Ketter of Fair Lawn, NJ as the winner of the 2018 Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award of $2,500 given to the highest scoring performer, instrumental or vocal in a live audition. The award is given to a high school senior who intends to continue his or her musical education at an institute of higher learning. Instituted in 1967, the fund was later endowed by Franklin Reinauer as a memorial to his wife Florence. To date the Choral has awarded more than $42,000 to encourage talented young musicians.
The Marjorie Vandervoort Vocal Award in the amount of $1,200 was instituted this year in honor of Marjorie Vandervoort’s 25 years as Music Director. Alto Tiffani Rivera of Suffern, NY is the winner for excellence in vocal performance.
Ketter, a senior at Fair Lawn High School, is the first jazz musician to receive the Reinauer Award. He studies with Alexander Knox, Roman Filiu and Scott Avidon. At Fair Lawn High School, he is First Chair in the Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble. He was awarded Most Outstanding Musician in the Jazz Ensemble and is also lead alto. He is a soloist with Jazz House Kids Ambassador Ensemble and plays with the Fair Lawn Bible Church Worship Team. He attended the Kimmel Jazz Camp in Philadelphia.
Ms. Rivera is a senior at Suffern High School. She has been in Suffern High's Treble Choir for three years, Select Choir for two years and is a member of the Music Honor Society. This year she co-founded a Sweet Adeline's quartet. For the past two years she has been chosen for the New York State School Music Association, Zone 9 All-County and All-State Women's Choirs. She studies with Bette Glenn. As a soloist she has performed at open mics and sung with Suffern's Big Band.
Mr. Ketter and Ms. Rivera will perform at the Ridgewood Choral 90th Anniversary Spring Concert on Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 pm at West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood. The Northern Highlands High School Concert Choir, directed by Thomas Pastor will join the Choral for this special anniversary year. Tickets are available in advance from Choral members or at the door on the day of the performance. Visit http://www.ridgewoodchoral.org/ for more information.