Cranford Student Taught Summer Music Class

EDISON — From June 27 to July 24, Ian English of Cranford, a senior at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in North Edison, served as a counselor at the Eastern United States Music Camp at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. The program, which was established in 1976, offers advanced music instruction to students ages 10-18.

A seasoned trumpet player, English taught a music theory class with his brother Kyle English, a 2006 Wardlaw-Hartridge graduate, who has also served as Boys’ Dorm Head and Assistant Choral Director at the camp, which he attended for four years.


“I learned a lot from my brother, especially about teaching techniques,” said English, who intends to become a high school music teacher.

After teaching music theory, English would attend Symphonic Band class, which included wind and percussion players. Major works of all periods were performed by this ensemble. Next, English participated in the Concert Choir class, which was required of all students. Choral works representing all periods of compositions were represented during this course. Following lunch, English would attend the Symphony Orchestra class, which featured string players (with percussion and wind players participating by special invitation). Symphonic works of all periods were performed. In the afternoons, Ian also honed his trumpet-playing skills in the Wind Ensemble class. He also attended the Chamber Choir and Jazz Ensemble.

During the Eastern United States Music Camp, English learned invaluable lessons from guest speakers such as Michael Davis, the trombone player for the Rolling Stones, as well as the United States Army Field Band and professors from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester.

English, who manages the Wardlaw-Hartridge Brass Ensemble, and has been a member of the New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA) Region II Chorus during his freshman, sophomore and junior years, believes that his experience at the Eastern United States Music Camp underlined his passion for pursuing a music teaching career.

“Being surrounded by music on an everyday basis made me realize that this is the path I should follow,” he said. English hopes to study at either the Eastman School of Music, The Catholic University of America, from which Kyle recently graduated, Ithaca College, The State University of New York at Potsdam or The Hartt School, a comprehensive performing arts conservatory of the University of Hartford in Connecticut.

SOUNDING THE TRUMPET…Ian English is pictured above, center, during a performance at the Eastern United States Music Camp at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. this summer. Photo courtesy of the Wardlaw-Hartridge School

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