9 St. John Students Named To All State Honor Choir

CLARK — Nine students from Saint John the Apostle School in Clark recently sang in the New Jersey All State Honor Choir concert at the J. P. Case Middle School in Flemington. Students from throughout the state are chosen for this honor through competitive auditions held in January. The honor choirs are an annual event sponsored by the American Choral Directors Association and the New Jersey Music Educators Association.

Saint John the Apostle School had the highest number of students chosen in the entire state for the 130-voice Elementary Honor Choir. Students chosen from Saint John for the Elementary choir are Adrian Camano and Caroline Dembiczak of Linden, Conor Flood of Scotch Plains, Kelly and Thomas Meade of Clark, Madison Panno of Linden and Kelly Wohltman of Rahway.

Students chosen for the 120-voice Junior High Honor Choir are Noah Belmont of Cranford and Serena Rodriguez of Metuchen. The choir at Saint John is under the direction of Tom Pedas, music teacher at the school and has consistently received “superior” ratings at music adjudications.

A highlight of the concert this year was the world premiere of a new song written for this concert by nationally known conductor Randall Stroope.

Pictured from left to right in the front row are Tom Pedas, music teacher at Saint John, Kelly Wohltman of Rahway, Caroline Dembiczak of Linden, Thomas Meade of Clark, Madison Panno of Linden, and Serena Rodriguez of Metuchen. The second row from left to right are Noah Belmont of Cranford, Conor Flood of Scotch Plains , Adrian Camano of Linden and Kelly Meade of Clark. (Photo courtesy of Saint John the Apostle School)

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