WEST ORANGE, NJ — The 19th annual Music Faculty Scholarship Concert at Liberty Middle School raised spirits as well as funds for graduating seniors last week, and there was no need to wonder why the West Orange Public Schools district has award-winning music programs once the staff members began their performances.
West Orange High School (WOHS) choir director John Hellyer served as Master of Ceremonies for the concert, which featured a performance of "As We Stumble Along" by sophomore Maria Nalieth, lead in the upcoming Spring Musical, "The Drowsy Chaperone." Hellyer also teamed with Lauren Grof-Tisza for the Garland/Streisand rendering of "Get Happy/Happy Days are Here Again."
Other standouts included vocal performances of two "Dear Evan Hansen" hits, including "Requiem" and "For Forever."
Music faculty from across the district showed off their instrumental talents with performances of songs by Debussy, Leonard Bernstein, Brahms, John Williams, Steven Curtis Chapman, Van Morrison, Lieber & Stoller, Steely Dan, Average White Band and Liberty Middle School band teacher Ryan Krewer, to name a few.
The audience was regaled with piano, saxophone, flute, bassoon, trumpet, clarinet, french horn, violin, guitar, viola, trombone, electric guitar, bass and keyboards.
"It is truly an honor to work with such a talented staff every day—especially in a district that takes our music program so seriously," said Lou Quagliato, Supervisor of Fine Arts for West Orange schools.