WARREN, NJ – Some 14 Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) students have been selected to participate in All-State music groups: Three in Choral Music and 11 in Instrumental Music.

In addition, senior Ethan Marmolejos has been selected to be among the New Jersey students recognized at the annual Governor’s Awards in Arts Education ceremony, according toWHRHS Instrumental Music Teacher Paul McCullen. 

Marmolejos plays Tuba on the WHRHS Marching Band,WHRHS Wind Ensemble, and the WHRHS All-Star Dixie Band. He has been selected for various All-State and All-Region scholastic bands throughout his high school career.  He is Vice President of this year’s WHRHS chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Now, Marmolejos will be also among about 100 students from all across New Jersey receiving Governor’s Awards in the writing, fine arts and performing arts. They will be recognized at the ceremony on Tuesday, May 22, in the Patriot’s Theater at the War Memorial, Trenton.

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Students Selected for All-State

All the WHRHS All-State Singers and Musicians will perform in the year-end Spring Concerts during the annual Spring Arts Festival, May 30 to June 1, as members of their various WHRHS musical groups.

The Spring Instrumental Concert will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 31, in the WHRS Performing Arts Center (PAC), and the Spring Choral Concert will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, June 1, at the PAC. The general public is invited to attend along with students, parents, and families members.

According to WHRHS Choral Music Teacher Angela DiIorioBird, the student singers selected are: For Treble Choir, Junior Summer Stuart; and for Mixed Choir, Sophomore Christine Tanko and Junior Will Broder.

“The All-State students are expected to perform in November, at the Teacher Convention in Atlantic City,” Bird said. “They will also perform the following November weekend, at NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center), in Newark.”

Instrumental Music Teacher McCullen said the student musicians selected for All-State Ensembles are:

For Symphonic Band: 

Flute, Cathleen Luo and Lindsey Shi; Oboe, Jeremy Cui; Clarinet, Katie Tan; Trumpet, Ryan Branco and Carl Peterson; Trumpet, Matthew Schaefer; Trombone, Jack Horan.

For Orchestra:

Violin, David Ki and Tyler Wu; and

For Wind Ensemble: Tuba, Ethan Marmolejos.

The All-State choral and instrumental selection process is a program of the New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA). Students are selected through a competitive audition process administered through the NJMEA, and selected students have the opportunity to rehearse and perform in the company of among the highest achieving music students in the state of New Jersey.

The WHRHS Instrumental Concert Program May 31

The Wind Ensemble selections for the Spring Instrumental Concert, on Thursday, May 31, are expected to be from “Candide,” celebrating Leonard Bernstein 100th Birthday and PDQ Bach's Grand Serenade for an Awful lot of Winds and Percussion, McCullen said.

The Orchestra is expected to perform music of Holst and John Williams. 

The Concert Band is expected to perform traditional works for band and some lighter tunes such as from "Doctor Who."

The closing works of the concert will be: One concentrating on the school-wide Wellness Campaign: and a very traditional and loud work for orchestra transcribed for band.

The WHRHS Choral Concert Program June 1

The Choral Music program for the 2018 Spring Choral Concert on Friday, June 1, is expected to open with: For the Chorus, “One Day More” from “Les Miserables;” and “Blowin’ in the Wind/America,” words and music by Bob Dylan, with WHRHS English Teacher Michael Porter on guitar; and “Make Them Hear You,” music by Stephen Flaherty.

There are expected to be three senior solo performances: Sam Sinnott, singing “My Way” by Frank Sinatra; Peri Martins singing “Rise Up,” by Audra Day; and William Johnson singing “What a Wonderful World,” by Louis Armstrong.

The program of songs for the Advanced Chorus is expected toinclude: “Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves” (Coro di Schiavi Ebrei), from the opera, “Nabucco,” by Giuseppe Verdi, featuring the WHRHS Orchestra; “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story,” from the Broadway musical, “Hamilton,” words and Music by Lin Manuel-Miranda, featured Snare drum by Eric Peterson; “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” music by J. Rosamond Johnson, words by James Weldon Johnson: “The Lord Bless You and Keep You,” Senior Dedication Piece, Peter C. Lutkin; “Soon Ah Will Be Done,” by William L. Dawson

The songs performed by Select Vocal Ensembles are expected to include: “Still I Rise,” words and music by Rosephanye Powell;“Survivor/I Will Survive,” adapted from “Glee;” “I Can’t Keep Quiet, by Milck; “You Will Be Found,” music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul; “The Impossible Dream,” music by Mitch Leigh, lyrics by Joe Darion, solo by: Sam Sinnott; “Do You Hear the People Sing,” music by Schoenberg, arrangement by senior William Johnson, student conductor: William Johnson;

The Senior Group is expected to sing: “Seasons of Love,” by Jonathan Larson. The seniors are: Ben Allgor, Nicole Bell, Justin Horowitz, Will Johnson, Emma Leary, Emma Marszalek, Peri Martins, Angela Munoz, Katherine Paterson, Carl Peterson, Sam Sinnott, Sanjay Subramanian, Nicole Vila, Abby Watkins; accompaniment by The Band: Will Broder, Kyle Merrits, Ben Kosakowski;

The Combined Choirs are expected to perform: “Imagine,” words and music by John Lennon, accompanied by The Band: Julian Lioanag, Ben Kosakowski, Will Broder, Kyle Merrits.

The program will conclude with the annual singing of the“Hallelujah Chorus,” by George Frideric Handel. All audience members familiar with the piece will be invited to join the WHRHS Choirs onstage to sing the Hallelujah Chorus.