MORRISTOWN, NJ  - Randolph High School Student Katrina Lanese and Randolph Middle School Student  Priyasha Pal were among the students honored as the Mayo Performing Arts Center Music Students of the month of January 2021. Students were from Morristown, Parsippany, Boonton, Randolph, Mendham and Kinnelon.

Lanesa, grade 10  and Pal, grade 8,  were nominated by Diana May.


May said, " Katrina is a sophomore clarinetist at Randolph High School.  She's been a member of our top band, the Wind Ensemble, for both years.  Despite the change to distance learning and having to rely on technology for our band classes and clarinet lessons, Katrina continues to hold herself to a very high standard.  She prepares beyond thoroughly for every class, which enables us to focus on interpretation and advanced musicianship, far beyond what is typical of a high school student.  Furthermore, Katrina willingly accepts feedback and uses it to continue to improve.  She is a true pleasure to teach!"

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May also said, "Priyasha is an 8th grade clarinetist at Randolph Middle School.  Throughout the spring and fall, she has been thriving with her band studies while attending school remotely.  She practices diligently and strategically which is not common among young students.  She also readily applies feedback which helps her to make immediate improvements as she continues to grow.  I always look forward to her lessons and I can't wait to see just how far she can go!"

The Music Students for the month are:

  • Abby Bresalier - Parsippany High School; grade 12
  • Kenrick Kleid, John Hill School in Boonton; grade 8
  • Aidan Orbeta Frelinghuysen Middle School School; Morristown; grade 8
  • Brianna Simpson - Mountain View Middle School in Mendham; grade 8
  • Hope Sirinides - Pearl R. Miller School in Kinnelon; grade 8

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. 

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