NEWTON, NJ—The Halsted Middle School music department, presented their annual holiday concert.  On Wednesday, December 8,  the 67 fifth graders, 47 sixth graders, 39 seventh graders, and 51 eighth graders, took to the stage to share their gifts of music.

Seven groups of students sang and played holiday songs for fellow students, parents, families and teachers alike in the Newton High School auditorium.

The choir groups, led by Jessica Muccilli, included the concert choir, symphonic choir and chorale, while the band groups, conducted by Kara Hartzell, included the concert band, jazz band and symphonic band. There was also a combined ensemble of the bands and choirs.

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Concert choir sang “Cantate! Sing Allelulia!”, “Harambee: A Song for Kwanzaa”, and “A Holiday Hand Jive.” The Chorale sang “Carols Around (And a round)” and “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”.

Symphonic choir sang “A Merry Fa La La (A Christmas Madrigal)”, “Ho, Ho, Watany (Sleep, Sleep, Little One), an Iroquois Lullaby", “The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth”, and “Jingle Bell Rock”.

The concert band played “Ascension”, “Jingle Bells” and “Hanukkah is Here”. The Jazz Band played “You’re a mean one Mr. Grinch”, “A Child is Born”, “Feliz Navidad” and “Rock on Merry Gents”.

The symphonic band played “Celebrate the Season, Fanfare on ‘Joy to the World’”, “Dreidl Adventure”, “The Nuts and Crackers Sweet” and “Celtic Bell Carol”. The combined ensembles, joined by the audience sang the final song of “Happy Holidays”.

There were solos from choir and band members. The following members had either one or multiple solos throughout the performances:

  • Elissar Abou-Jaude-Flute in “Cantate! Sing Alleluia”
  • Sean Briones, Gianna Carchia, Avery Chymiy, Aisling Gill, Kailin Kane, Shatyra McGirt, Keira Rheinheimer, and Molly Salomon- in “A Holiday Hand Jive”
  • Christian Blakely, Cassie Carovillano, Jillian Faines and Madison Latimer- “The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth”
  • Cecelia Paparella-Tenor Saxophone, Anthony Martinez-Trumpet, and Kyler Kane-Drum Set- in “You’re a mean one Mr. Grinch”
  • “A Child is Born” featured Ryan Penny-Vibraphone
  • Group Solo: Elissar Abou-Jaude, Andrew Manni, Vincent Manni, Christopher Martinez, Brian McKeown, and Cecelia Paparella- in “Feliz Navidad”
  • “Rock on Merry Gents” featured Chris Martinez-Alto Saxophone and Dana Catalano-Drum Set
  • Anthony Martinez and Ryan Penny in “Santa Claus is Comin’ to town”
  • Elissar Abou-Jaude-Flute and Brian McKeown-Alto Saxophone in “Celtic Bell Carol”

The members of each band/choir group are as follows, divided by grade and noted with a key at the bottom.

5th Grade- 67 students

  • Emily Acosta-Barradas (BC)
  • Angelo Avila (B)
  • Cecily Baglio (BC)
  • Shaloom Bakinahe (BJ)
  • Alex Barradas-Contreras (BC)
  • Abigail Biederman (BC)
  • Elda Bino (B)
  • Tianya Boyce (C)
  • Brielle Brady (C)
  • Sean Briones (C)
  • Cassius Brunelle (B)
  • Ava Bryski (C)
  • Thomas Caroll (B)
  • Joseph Catalano (B)
  • Richard Catarino (BCH)
  • Avery Chymiy (C)
  • Jordanna Collins (C)
  • Maeve Daingerfield (C)
  • James Detwiller (CH)
  • Madison Egner (BC)
  • Jennifer Ellsworth (BC)
  • Monica Espinosa (C)
  • Jazira Faines (C)
  • Melissa Fehr (BC)
  • Avery Frank (BCH)
  • Ariel Franzone (C)
  • Jeremy Frazier (B)
  • Joseph Galante (B)
  • Joerge Garcia (B)
  • Mackenzie Genung-Snyder (BC)
  • Brooke Gerola (C)
  • Payton Goldschmidt (C)
  • Kasai Goritski (B)
  • Nicholas Hayes (C)
  • Kailin Kane (BC)
  • John Kristiansen (B)
  • Denilson Lopez (B)
  • Abril Margarito-Munoz (C)
  • Edgar Marrero-Martinez (BC)
  • Nicole Morehouse (C)
  • Skylar Murphy (BC)
  • Felipe Narvaez (C)
  • Matteo Pascale (B)
  • Danielle Penny (BCH)
  • Dazia Posey (B)
  • Demarius Posey (B)
  • Maria Rodriquez (C)
  • Quentin Rodriquez (B)
  • Rony Rodriquez (B)
  • Yanerix Rodriquez (C)
  • Molly Salomon (C)
  • Jeremiah Samuel (B)
  • Anna Schlereth (BC)
  • Edreece Sharafi (BJ)
  • Kelsey Snellen (CH)
  • Andrew Steinberg (B)
  • Riley Struble (B)
  • Julian Tankel (B)
  • Jason Teets (B)
  • John Tierney (BC)
  • Marissa Touw (BC)
  • Katrina Whitehead (C)
  • Jaiden Wright (B)
  • Savannah Yarlaski (BC)
  • Victoria Zurawski (C)

B-Concert Band     C-Concert Choir      J-Jazz Band      H-Chorale

6th Grade- 47 students

  • Samantha Amorese (BCH)
  • Alexi Apont-Jimenez (B)
  • Rachel Borusiewicz (CH)
  • Natasha Briones (C)
  • Gianna Carchia (CH)
  • Detrone Edwards (BCH)
  • E.J. Flynn (BJ)
  • Darla Garcia (C)
  • Aisling Gill (BCJH)
  • Kaylee Gonazalez (C)
  • Hailey Hannan (CH)
  • Matthew Hermes (C)
  • Rhyan Hernandez (B)
  • Allison Iliff (BCH)
  • Gabriel Latimer (BCH)
  • Vinsent Mabee (BC)
  • Savannah Malone (C)
  • Andrew Mani (BCH)
  • Emily McConnell (CH)
  • Shatyra McGirt (BCH)
  • Patrick McNulty (BC)
  • Chloe Medunick (BCH)
  • Aldo Monge (BCH)
  • Tristan Ortega (BCH)
  • Alyssa Payne-Parris (B)
  • Ayesha Payne-Parris (B)
  • Jacob Qarmout (C)
  • Tanner Reid (BCH)
  • Ilianna Reyes (BCH)
  • J.P Reyes (BC)
  • Keira Rheinheimer (BCH SC)
  • Lukas Rios (BC)
  • Keaton Rochelle (B)
  • Stephen Schmitt (BC)
  • Justin Sebastian (B)
  • Sabrina Sharafi (BCJ)
  • Thaylor Sibblies (BCH)
  • Fabian Specht (B)
  • Shaelyn Summers (C)
  • Ethan Thomas (B)
  • Jessica Uptegrove (B)
  • Angelina Urbina (BCH)
  • Ashley Vargas (BC)
  • Dominique Verdejo-Lopez (BC)
  • Olivia Webster (BCH)
  • Ian Zambrano (B)
  • Johnny Zhu (B)

B-Concert Band C-Concert Choir  J-Jazz Band  H-Chorale SC-Sussex County Jr. Honors Choir

7th Grade- 39 students

  • Melkart Abou-Jaoude (BJ SB)
  • Ryan Ayoso (BCJ)
  • Katelyn Bears (C)
  • Christian Blakely (C)
  • Anthony Bussorelli (BCH)
  • Ashley Cameron (C)
  • Anthony Carlson (CH)
  • Andrew Carlson (CH)
  • Aubrey Carroll (B)
  • Madison Chymiy (CH)
  • Amanda Dickinson (C)
  • Alexa Dodd (C)
  • Kassie Dunn (B)
  • Christopher Garcia (BC)
  • Matthew Guziewicz (BCJH)
  • Maison Ham (C)
  • Jossua Jordan (C)
  • Kieran Kane (BCJ)
  • Kyler Kane (BCJ)
  • Colton Lawrence (CH)
  • Vincent Manni (BCJH SB)
  • Darrell Mims (BC)
  • Joshua Murray (B)
  • Aaliyah Payne-Parris (C)
  • Ciara Peselli (C)
  • Alexandra Reasoner (CH)
  • Dylan Rolon-Gonzalez (C)
  • Joshua Salameh (B)
  • Helena Sargeant (CH)
  • Jesse Sayner (B)
  • Faith Schick (CH)
  • Melanie Schouppe (BCH)
  • Takeo Sibblies (CH)
  • Kiara Sosa (BCH)
  • Ivi Torres-Carbajal (C)
  • Selena Urbina (BC)
  • Cindy Villegas (B)
  • Samantha Wechtler (BC)

B-Symphonic Band C-Symphonic Choir J-Jazz Band  H-Chorale SB-Sussex County Jr. Honors Band

8th grade- 51 students

  • Elissar Abou-Jaoude (BCJH SB)
  • Brett Bergey (B SB)
  • Amya Boyce (BCH)
  • Itzel Carbajal-Cinto (C)
  • Cassie Carovillano (BCH)
  • Dana Catalano (BJ SB)
  • Gia Chavarria (BC)
  • Taya Christiano (BCH SC)
  • Jordan Cross (C)
  • Sarah Davidson (BC)
  • Cara Dolan (BC)
  • Erika Ehrenberg (C)
  • Kelly Ellsworth (BC)
  • Jillian Faines (CH)
  • Amy Fehr (CH)
  • Anjali Fernandes (C)
  • Angelica Gonzalez (C)
  • Danielle Ham (CH SC)
  • Dezarae Harding (BC)
  • Edward Holder (B)
  • Xavier Izquierdo (CJ)
  • Damien Karakatsanis (B)
  • Sarah King (C)
  • Madison Latimer (NCJH)
  • Noah Logan (B)
  • Anthony Martinez (BCJH SB)
  • Christopher Martinez (BJ SB)
  • Jenna Martinez (BCJH SB)
  • Katelyn McDade (BC)
  • Brian McKeown (BJ)
  • Rebecca McNulty (BC)
  • Morgan Medunick (CH)
  • Ella Molkenthin (BCJH)
  • Nate Paternoster (BCJ SB)
  • Cecelia Paparella (BCJ SB)
  • Katrina Pascale (BC)
  • Ryan Penny (BCJH SB)
  • Naya Pereira (CH)
  • Kelly Perez (BC)
  • Konstantinos Protogeropoulous (C)
  • Caroline Raghubir (BC)
  • Izabel Rios (CH)
  • Aden Sathuthiti (B)
  • Paige Schmitt (BC)
  • Jordan Sliker (B)
  • Shane Snellen (CH)
  • Christina Spinelli (C)
  • Jordan Tognetti (B)
  • Jacob Tonking (B)
  • Morgyn Witt (CH SC)

B-Symphonic Band C-Symphonic Choir  J-Jazz Band  H-Chorale SC-Sussex County Jr. Honors Choir   SB-Sussex County Jr. Honors Choir

The Halsted Middle School Music Department extended gratitude to the following for their continued support:

  • The Newton School District Music Department: Kara Hartzell,  Jessica Muccilli, Matthew Petrozelli, Steven O’Toole, and Ray Stocker.
  • Halsted Middle School Secretaries: Mrs. Nancy Owens and Ms. Daria Schetzina
  • Hartmann, Therese Johnson, and the entire maintenance and custodial staff of Halsted and the high school
  • Administration: Dr. Kennedy Greene-Superintendent, Donna Snyder-Business Admin./Board Secretary,  Kristi Greene- HMS Principal, Angela Dunbar-HMS Vice Principal,and the Newton Board of Education
  • And finally a thank you to all the parents, students, and staff who were essential to the success of the music programs in the Newton School District