Education

South Plainfield Middle School Chorus to Perform with 8,500 Students on June 1

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield Middle School chorus will perform with 8,500 students at the American Young Voices Concert on Thursday June 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Prudential Center in Newark. Tickets are $30 each and are selling fast. They can be purchased at www.americanyoungvoices.com.

“The American Young Voices is a time where kids all around the country come together to be one voice,” said seventh-grade student Isabella Saffold. “No matter our differences, we can all join together to share our passion and love for singing.”

“This event is a once in a lifetime event for our students,” said South Plainfield Middle School Choral Director Shannon Maddolin. “How often do you get to say that I stood on the same stage as famous artists and I’ve performed for an audience of a sold out concert at a professional arena? How often does one get to say I sang with 8,500 musicians my age with a professional conductor and band.  Everything about it gives the kids a chance to really see what their music can do.”

Sign Up for E-News

Young Voices has performed concerts in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany for more than 20 years. Thousands of children from second to eighth grade sing together as one chorus. Three years ago, the organization brought their event here to the United States as American Young Voices.  

The students of South Plainfield are looking forward to the big event.

“I am very excited about the event,” said seventh-grader Rebecca Ortiz. “It’s a great way for all of us to come together for the love of music. We have been reviewing all of the songs so that they are perfect.  Ms. Maddolin is a great hard worker and wants South Plainfield Schools to stand out. We have also been learning the musical elements and we all do our part to make it an exceptional performance.”

“The American Young Voices is a chance for each choral student to shine,” said seventh-grade student Gabriella Vitabile. “Students are working very hard to learn the words to each song and learn how to perform it also.  Each choir director also does a lot to help the students. I am very excited to go to the event because many successful musicians have performed where we are going to be performing.”

“We started preparing for American Young Voices since February,” said seventh grade student Brian Sosa.  “Ever since then, we have been working long and hard to make the magic happen with this music.”

“The American Young Voices is an event that is very exciting for kids to have fun and sing with their friends,”  added seventh grade student Gianna Mazzelli.  “This is a life-changing experience that kids will never forget!”

“The American Young Voices is a wild, fun-filled event for children everywhere who just love to sing,”  said seventh grader Alyssa Rivera.  “You can meet tons of new people who are interested in music just like you, and there are wonderful flashing lights dancing all over the room.”

The students have been preparing for months for the concert, working tirelessly to learn challenging pieces.

“The seventh grade students have been preparing since February in class,”  added Maddolin. They have been learning about nine to twelve songs.  Typically, we would learn about three songs a season, so this is a challenge for them to learn nine songs of all different genres and styles.  The eighth grade students who are attending the trip have made the commitment to come after school and have been coming since March.”

  “I feel excited because this doesn’t happen all the time and I will have fun singing my heart out with my friends,” added seventh grader Jillian McConville.

“The students are putting their heart and soul into this,”  added Maddolin.  “They have their favorites, but they enjoy learning all of them and have really embraced what they’re about to do.”  

The students will be performing; Maliswe, Stronger Together, Fly To Paradise, Medley for Those About to Rock, Ladybug, Feel Good Medley, Pop Medley, When I Close My Eyes and Firework. 

“I have been preparing for this event by putting much more effort than I’ve been previous, which has helped me become a greater singer,” said seventh grade student Macario Wilchez.  “It also helps when you have a great teacher like Miss Maddolin and friends around me to help me on the way.”

“We have listened to every song and watched other American Young Voices performances,” said seventh grader Katie Ziga.  “It is very fun to sing and go over the music.”

“I am so proud of everybody and their hard work and everything that they’re doing,”  added Maddolin.  “Each day it’s a joy and a surprise to see what they do.”

“I am beyond excited,” said seventh grader Simi Kishore.  “If you asked me a year ago, I would have been nervous, but this year has changed me so much and I am ready for American Young Voices!”  

The South Plainfield students and staff of the music department ask that everyone spread the word about their American Young Voices upcoming performance.

“South Plainfield can support the chorus by posting on their social media about the concert and just by saying nice things about us to boost our confidence,”  added seventh grade student Miranda DeLisa.  

“The South Plainfield Community can promote our event and come to the concert to support us!”  added seventh grader Arianna Luis.

“We would love to see as many South Plainfield members of the community in the audience as possible,”  said Maddolin.  “It’s looking to be a sold out event and we would love to be able to look out into the crowd and see our community out there in the audience, rallying for us and cheering us on, enjoying what we’re about to do.” 

“The South Plainfield Community can help support us by coming to the concert with signs and a smile,”  said seventh grader Megan Valdes.  “Just knowing that our town will be there in the audience makes it even better!”

Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at www.americanyoungvoices.com.  The June 1st event will sell out so everyone is urged to purchase tickets as soon as possible.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Like

Sign Up for E-News

South Plainfield

Athlete of the Week: Lynda Farinella Girls’ Field Hockey Midfielder

The South Plainfield Field Hockey Team has proven to be one of the best in the Greater Middlesex Conference.  Being hit hard by graduation, many thought this would be a rebuilding year for South Plainfield.  Someone forgot to tell this to the Lady Tigers.  They have started the season 6-0 and have solid wins over GMC rivals Metuchen and Old Bridge.  Much of this success is due ...

Obituaries

Harold “Harry” Robinson, 69, of South Plainfield, died on September 21, 2017 at his ...
Read more
Blairstown – Nicholas DellaVentura, 86, died Thursday September 21, 2017 surrounded by his ...
Read more

Letters to the Editor

Letter Supporting Senator Diegnan

September 22, 2017

Dear Editor,

 

I am supporting my friend, Patrick Diegnan, for re-election to the State Senate. Senator Diegnan is recognized as one of the leading advocates for ensuring quality public education for all of our residents, regardless of economic status. He served as an advocate for Middlesex County families as an Assemblyman from 2002 until he joined the State Senate ...

Cassie Capparelli And Roberto Sayers Say It’s Time To Finally Focus On Borough’s Traffic Issues

September 21, 2017

The South Plainfield Democratic Candidates for Borough Council, Cassie Capparelli and Roberto Sayers, this week talked about the great need to focus on South Plainfield’s exploding traffic issues.

Cassie Capparelli stated, “As Roberto and I continue to walk door-to-door, residents are quite concerned with the lack of any coherent plan forward to start addressing traffic ...

Faustini & White: We need to move South Plainfield forward

September 21, 2017

South Plainfield – Saying now is not the time to go backward, Council candidates Christine Faustini & Derryck White this week announce their team’s record of results and the forward-looking agenda they are running on.

Faustini and White are running as part of Mayor Matt Anesh’s team to keep South Plainfield moving forward.  “Our team has a forward-looking ...

Sierra Pasquarella, a South Plainfield, NJ Native, Enrolls in Belmont University's Largest Class Yet

September 21, 2017

NASHVILLE, TN -- Sierra Pasquarella, a South Plainfield, NJ (07080) native, enrolled at Belmont University this semester as part of the University's largest class yet. The school kicked off the year with a record-breaking enrollment for the 17th consecutive year with a total of 8,080 students, nearly triple the enrollment in 2000. As part of its Vision 2020 strategic plan, Belmont aims to hit ...

Community Happenings

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

September 19, 2017

Please join the South Plainfield Domestic Violence Team on October 3, 2017 at 6:15pm in Spring Lake Park for a candlelight walk in support of Domestic Violence victims.  Candles will be provided as well as information and giveaways. 

For further information please call 908-226-7628 or e-mail: mackerman@southplainfieldnj.com

Looking forward to having a great turnout.

Unveiling of New Scoreboard

September 20, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The district unveiled a new scoreboard that was so generously donated by Investors Bank, The South Plainfield Education Association, and The Athletic Booster Club at Friday night’s home opening game for the South Plainfield Tiger’s Football Team.  This beautiful scoreboard, in South Plainfield’s green and white team colors, is a much needed addition ...

Clothing Drive (Used) to Support SPHS Boy Soccer Team

September 19, 2017

The South Plainfield Boys Soccer Team is hosting a used clothing drive on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. through Saturday, October 1, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Middle School parking lot.  Clean out your closets and help the SPHS Soccer Team by donating your used clothes.

List of acceptable items:

Clothing
Bedding
Stuffed ...

National Take Back Initiative on October 28th

The South Plainfield Police Department and the DEA are coordinating the National Take Back Initiative, whereby unused, unwanted and expired medications can be surrendered by the public for safe destruction.  The event is scheduled for Saturday October 28, 2017 between the hours of 10am and 2 pm. The collection point will be the South Plainfield Courtroom located within Borough Hall.

Part Time Position

WANTED P/T: So Plfd Boro Clean Neighborhood Program Aide to remove illegal signs from public ROW; clear litter from storm drain grates 10 hrs/wk  908-226-7621

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_9585db8c6b96099fcb84_back__2_

Sun, September 24, 1:00 PM

South Plainfield

Open House 712 Maple Avenue South Plainfield

Real Estate

Carousel_image_8944b63035518d7ce929_img_2677

Sun, September 24, 1:00 PM

South Plainfield

Open House 229 Sprague Avenue, South Plainfield, ...

Real Estate

Carousel_image_cc1fa25d3e4d29b3bed7_grounds_hamilton

Wed, September 27, 9:30 AM

Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton

SP Senior Center - Grounds for Sculpture Trip

Carousel_image_143fdc02beb00b500e2b_basketball_fundraiser

Wed, September 27, 4:00 PM

South Plainfield

SPHS Basketball Fundraiser at Chipotle

Carousel_image_06939c8f16bec48d7c8a_getimgvlt1.aspx

Thu, September 28, 6:00 PM

Uncle Louie G’s , South Plainfield

South Plainfield Girl Scouts to Hold 2017-2018 ...

Carousel_image_07877f56fe7932024c63_clothing_drive

Fri, September 29, 7:00 PM

South Plainfield

Clothing Drive to Support SPHS Boys Soccer Team

Columns

Diegnan Bill to Strengthen Protections for a Person’s Digital Assets Signed into Law

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Legislation Senator Patrick Diegnan sponsored to help residents secure their digital assets under the same fiduciary that protects their tangible assets was signed into law by Governor Christie today.

 

“Extending a fiduciary’s powers to account for email, social media accounts, online banking accounts, and bitcoins safeguards those digital ...

The Hall Mills Murder Case by William Kunstler

The Hall-Mills Murder Case (The Minister and the Choir Singer) by William Kunstler (Rutgers University Press, 1964

At the end of Brown Avenue in Lavalette, NJ sits an ancient, gloomy, gray house. Flanked by contemporary beach homes, this brooding edifice stands out as a relic of a former era. My friend, Cathy noted to me that this house has a notorious history. “It was once owned by ...

Bookmarks

Happy first day of Fall!  We will be kicking off the start of the new season with the Friends of the Library Book Sale and Bake Sale on Saturday, September 23.  The bake sale is only for the first day of the book sale, starting at 9 AM, but the book sale will continue all week until Saturday, September 30.  Stop by and see the collection of books, DVDs, and CDs that you will be ...

Johnny Four Fingers Week #3 NFL Picks

JAMES FENIMORE REST STOP, NJ TURNPIKE – I’m headed back to Jersey this week to get back into shape. The first two weeks have been rough. I’m almost as bad as the Jets and Giants. I went 2-3 for the second straight week. I’m 4-6 on the year. I picked Miami to win on the road, and I won the Atlanta game. My other three picks were losses. It’s bad when my niece and son ...

Suburban Woman’s Club Begins Its 2017-2018 Year

The Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield held its first meeting for the 2017-2018 year on September 7th at 2:00 pm at the American Legion Hall.  President Diana Cotone thanked Diana Gallo and Lucy Hudson, this month's hostesses, for providing delicious refreshments.  

President Cotone asked for the minutes of the previous meeting as well as the Treasurer's report.

Press Releases

Calling all children ages 9-17 to join a production of Disney's the Little Mermaid!

September 23, 2017

Calling all children ages 9-17 to join a production of Disney's the Little Mermaid! No acting experience needed - all actors receive a part.

The Neve Shalom Youth Theater Troupe in conjunction with Tova Halpern of Fresh Theatre Arts invite children from 9 to 17 to participate in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.  All rehearsals and performance will be held at Temple Neve Shalom, ...