St. John The Apostle Choir Earns Superior Rating

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CLARK — The Saint John the Apostle School Choir received a Superior Rating at a “Music in the Parks” adjudication for the second year in a row.

This year, with a score of 98.25 out of a possible 100 points the school choir also received the “Outstanding Overall” award. Out of 22 elementary, middle school and high school bands, choirs and orchestras from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the Clark school’s choir had the highest over all score of the festival.  The awards were presented at Dorney Park in Pennsylvania.

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The 45-voice choir is under the direction of Tom Pedas, a former music teacher in the Cranford and Linden Public Schools and founder of the Celebration Children’s Choir and Linden Summer Playhouse.

Carly Nygard, a famous composer, conductor, and educator, had this to say about the choir   “You should be very proud.  You are making music on a very high level.  I enjoyed hearing you.”

Dr. Paula Zerkle, head of the choral department at Moravian College, said “there are great things happening in this choir and it is a pleasure to hear such young children singing so fine.”


Pictured with the two trophies are eighth graders Dan Agostinho of Scotch Plains, Iesha Walker of Hillside, Tom Pedas, music director of Garwood, and Sister Donna Marie, principal of Saint John the Apostle School.


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