MONTVILLE, NJ  - Robert R. Lazar Middle School student Yoo Jin Kang was among the students honored by the Mayo Performing Arts Center as Music Students of the Month for Outstanding Orchestra Members in the month of February. Students were from schools in Montville, Morristown, Madison, Randolph, Boonton, East Hanover, Mendham, Florham Park and Chester. The students were honored prior to the Sunday, February 17 performance by the Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra.

Kang was nominated by Janice Scharf who said, "Yoo Jin is an outstanding young lady who enjoys performing on her instrument, violin. She is a very dedicated orchestra student. She has been playing for only 5 years and is already performing on the level as a college student. But the real reason why I would like to nominate her is because for the past 3 years I've taught her, she has taken it upon herself to help others around her. She helps her partner with their music, she would walk around during the beginning of class while I'm tuning and help tuning even if it's the string bass she helps!  I truly feel this is part of her nature to do this in helping others, not just herself. She has helped accompany with the orchestra for piano too. This is my way of letting her know, I greatly appreciate what she does because it is way beyond what any student would ever do. I also credit her parents teaching her everyday values to help people in general. We do need more people like Yoo Jin."

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. 

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The other MPAC music students of the month are:

Milind Bangalore
Grade 9, Morristown High School; Morristown

Zoe Bohensky
Grade 8, Madison Junior School; Madison

Allison Connuck
Grade 9, Randolph High School; Randolph

Patrick Calderon
Grade 8, John Hill School; Boonton

Auden Gu
Grade 10, Hanover Park High School; East Hanover

Nikita Kalathur
Grade 12, West Morris Mendham High School; Mendham

Maeve Kelly
Grade 8, Mountain View Middle School; Mendham

Patrick Martin
Grade 12, West Morris Mendham High School; Mendham

Matthew Mullen
Grade 8, Ridgedale Middle School; Florham Park

Joanna Peters
Grade 8, Randolph Middle School; Randolph

Ian Zhang
Grade 6, Black River Middle School; Chester


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 2018-2019 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. The Mayo Performing Arts Center has been designated a Major Presenting Organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. 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.

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