Arts & Entertainment

Livingston High School Hosts All Township Music Festival


LIVINGSTON, NJ -  Livingston High School hosted its 39th annual All Township Music Festival Tuesday, featuring the LHS Orchestra, Select Chorus and Wind Symphony, the Heritage Middle School seventh-grade Band, the All-Township Elementary School Chorus, the Mt. Pleasant Middle School Orchestra and the HMS eighth-grade Chorus. Friends, family and local music-lovers packed the LHS auditorium April 14 in support of the Livingston Public School District’s music program.

Dressed formally in black and white, students in grades K-12 from each Livingston Public School presented an altogether eclectic program of compositions. The choruses, orchestras and bands performed classics like “You Raise Me Up” and “The Chicken Dance.” From the All Township Elementary Chorus, a select group of only the best from each of the six schools, to Livingston High School’s “Notations,” the high school’s select chorus, each of the 12 grades had a moment to shine.

“I tried out for the group because I love chorus,” said senior Notations member Peri Margolies of her experience in the district’s music program. “I’ve been singing since I’ve been born and am actually going to college for music. I’ve enjoyed learning new repertoire throughout the years and expanding my knowledge of choral music.”

Sign Up for E-News

According to Livingston Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts Robert Wirth, the music programs for these events are selected based on the students’ ability level with the expectation that they will reach a higher level each academic season. Music students like Margolies ultimately graduate with a vast knowledge of repertoire because the District Music Department strategically selects a wide variety of genres and styles that they believe will stretch students to a higher level than the previous semester.

“The Livingston curriculum is always a work in progress,” Wirth said. “It’s what happens after the concert that matters." 

According to Wirth, the four key goals of the LPS music curriculum are that the students will be able to create music, learn about music in relation to culture and society, improve their performance levels and the significance of musical appreciation and critique. The All Township Music Festival is first and foremost meant to be fun and rewarding, and a celebration of all they’ve learned. But Wirth said the ultimate assumption is that the students’ critiques of their individual performances will push them in the future.

“[The students’] commitment in and outside school shows a real interest and dedication to the program,” Wirth said. “The best thing about Livingston’s music program is that it’s open to all students. There is an opportunity for any and all children to sing, play and get involved.”

Students like Margolies often walk away from their public school experience with certain adoration for their music teachers. Margolies specifically mentioned her admiration for Livingston High School Chorus Conductor and Music Theory teacher Joshua Salzman.

“I love the songs we sing and Mr. Salzman is a wonderful music director with his energy and continual knowledge of music,” Margolies said. “Salzman is the best and he has taught me so much.”

Not only did Salzman grow up in Livingston, but he has also proved his worth in the music world by co-writing the Off-Broadway musical I Love You Because and winning the Jonathan Larson Award before moving back to town. Like Salzman, equally experienced district music teachers Richard Battista, Nancy Ciminnisi, Michael Miskiv, Melissa Cohen, Michele Matten, Etleva Vatoci, Kristin Pelletier, Michael Jedwabnik, Stafford Horne and Dan Traglia have also made an impact on the students.

Since the expectation is that the students’ ability level will improve with each performance, future programs for each consecutive grade will likely be composed of an even more difficult repertoire and a wider variety of cultures.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Save $2.50 on Next Visit to Livingston Car Wash

July 17, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Drivers can save $2.50 the next time they get their vehicle cleaned at Livingston Car Wash.

Come to Livingston Car Wash at 111 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue for a car wash and $2.50 will be discounted from the regular price.

$100 OFF per Week for Summer Camp Now!

Guerrero Marital Arts is now offering an 8-week summer camp for summer 2018!

Pick which weeks you want!

Camp Weeks are:

July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20, August 27

Includes the following:

Fun (through Sports, Play and Games)
Field Trips (may cost extra)
Life Lessons
Reading Time
Martial Arts
A great place to ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, July 21, 12:30 PM

CycleBar Livingston, Livingston

Bike for the Bean

Giving Back Health & Wellness


Sat, July 21, 7:30 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, SHORT HILLS

Solid Gold with Bobby Valli at Par 440

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Man Stabbed in Valley Section of West Orange

July 18, 2018

WEST ORANGE – A West Orange man was stabbed Sunday evening during an attack in The Valley section of the township, according to officials.

Police were called the 300 block of Valley Road around 5:45 p.m. on a report of an aggravated assault. The 28-year-old victim was stabbed during an attack by a group of individuals who later fled the scene, according to township spokeswoman Susan ...

Public Invited to Essex County Opioid Use Prevention Task Force Meeting

July 15, 2018

CALDWELL, NJ — All Essex County residents, mayors and councils, law enforcement members, school officials, clergy members, civic organizations and more are invited to join in the next Essex County Opioid Use Prevention Task Force meeting on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. to discuss how the Essex County communities can join work together to eradicate this epidemic.

The meeting will be held at the ...

Would Shedding

How much wood wouldn’t a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck woodn’t?


Enough already.  


I get it.  It is an easy mistake to make, misusing would and wouldn’t.  It happens to me all the time.


“Honey, when I said I didn’t see any reason why I would go to the ballet, I meant to say I couldn’t see ...

Extra Time

It was close to 70 minutes into the match and I had to go to the bathroom.  Badly.

As fans watching the World Cup know too well, bathroom breaks are a serious dilemma, especially for those who don’t have a TV in the loo.  This biological necessity is exasperated by beer, which during World Cup matches also fuels a strong propensity to throw chairs and instigate riots.

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...