MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morristown High School students Clara Gong and Andrew Rosenkilde were among the students honored by the Mayo Performing Arts Center as music students of the month. Students from Madison, Parsippany, Florham Park, Chester, Chatham, Oak Ridge, Kinnelon and Randolph were recognized for their achievement as Outstanding Piano Players prior to the Thursday, April 20 performance by the Joey Alexander Trio.
"Clara is an extremely talented piano player that has been an absolute joy to work with over her years in high school", wrote David Gallagher. "She is a very talented soloist performing works for the classical cannon in recitals and chamber performances at the school. However, Clara also uses her talents at the piano to help numerous musical organizations throughout the school. She has frequently accompanied the high school choirs for their Spring and Winter concerts. She has also played in the pit orchestras for several of the school musicals at both of the middle school and high school. In addition to playing piano, Clara is also a very fine violin player participating in the high school orchestra and select chamber orchestra".
Michael Russo nominated Rosenkilde. "Andrew is the Pianist in the Morristown High School Jazz Ensemble and a Percussionist in the Morristown HS Wind Ensemble", wrote Russo. "He is also a member of the Marching Band and the Pit Orchestra. Andrew has proven to me by participating in these ensembles that he can be responsible and manage his time well. He has also participated in many other musical activities outside of MHS that have enhanced his knowledge and appreciation of music including Private Piano Study, 3 time Gold winner for the Golden Key piano competition, performed at Golden Key winners recital at Carnegie Hall 2 times (3rd time in June 2017), and has opened for professional pianist Alina Kiryayeva's concert at Morristown's Methodist Church's Abendmusik recital series."
Students were nominated by their teachers based on their commitment and excellence in performing arts.
The Music Students for the month of April are:
Grade 10, Madison High School
Grade 8, Brooklawn Middle School, Parsippany
Grade 7, Ridgedale Middle School, Florham Park
Grade 8, The Peck School, Morristown
Grade 11, West Morris Central High School, Chester,
Grade 8, Black River Middle School, Chester
Siwagorn "Net" Soper
Grade 9, Jefferson Township High School, Oak Ridge
Grade 8, Chatham Middle School
Grade 12, Kinnelon High School, Kinnelon
Grade 12, Randolph High School