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South Jersey Band And Orchestra Directors Association


School Band Concert. The performances were outstanding.


All South Jersey Junior High The conductors this

year were Joe Akinskas (Cherry Hill School District ret.) and L. Bruce Smith (Home School Director). Both of these gentlemen conducted the inaugural All South Jersey Ju- nior High Band Concert 35 years ago. Sue Mark (Rosa International MS) and Wendy Stocker (Paulsboro HS) provided excellent assistance as managers for these ensembles. This concert would not be possible without the commitment and dedication of our colleagues. Glenn Motson (Gloucester City High School), our Junior High Band Coordinator, was responsible for organiz- ing a wonderful event that our students will cherish for many years.

Special thanks to

Keith Hodgson and Derek Rohaly (Main- land Regional High School) and Rick Dam- mers (Rowan University) who offered their facilities for the rehearsals and the perfor- mance. We would also like to acknowledge Karyn Park (Williamstown Middle School) for her role as percussion equipment man- ager for all of our performing ensembles. Our 19th

Annual High School Concert

Band Festival showcased 12 ensembles this year. The performances by these groups are evidence of the many excellent instrumen- tal music programs in South Jersey. Our festival coordinator was Mike Armstrong (Deptford HS) and Rick Dammers (Rowan University) was our host. Tony Scardino (Indian Mills MS), Phil Senseney (Southern Regional), and Ben Fong (Reeds Road ES) assisted in creating a positive experience for all of the participants. David Fox (Bowe Elementary School),

Christine Moritz (Cherry Hill Public Schools) and William Trimble (Wenonah Elementary School) are finalizing arrange- ments for the 20th

Annual Elementary Hon-

ors Band Festival which will be hosted by Cheryl Breitzman at Absegami High School on Saturday, May 5th

. Our conductors this

year will be Judy Tabit (Lanoke Harbor El- ementary School), Ed Cook (Cinnaminson Middle School) and Ken Schultz (Rossi In-


ongratulations to all who were involved with the 35th


termediate School). The managers for the festival are Rebecca Allen (Petway Elemen- tary School), Brian Bacon (Cinnaminson Middle School), and Rich Beckman (Sharpe Elementary School). Our Spring Meeting will be held on at “Seven Star Diner”

Wednesday, May 30th

beginning at 9:00 AM. Please call 609- 457-0590 and let John Stanz know if you are able to attend. Please continue to check the website, maintained by Scott McCarron (Delsea Regional High School), for the lat- est SJBODA updates. Joseph Jacobs

Secretary, SJBODA South Jersey SJCDA

Choral Directors Association


he South Jersey Choral Direc- tors Association (SJCDA) is winding down an extremely

busy, but exciting and rewarding year. Many thanks to Beth Wymer for the out- standing presentation “The Music Therapy Experience” at the annual Spring Breakfast Meeting on April 27th. Her presentation will certainly have a deep impact on all who attended.

Conductors for the 2013 Senior High

Chorus and Junior High Chorus have been selected. Kahlil Gunther (Woodstown High School) will conduct the 2013 Senior High Chorus, and Pamela Barnes (Egg Harbor Twp High School) will conduct the Junior High Chorus. Watch our website, www.sjc-, for details on who our Elementary Festival Chorus Conductor will be! Have a restful summer! Art McKenzie, President

South Jersey Choral Directors Association Overbrook High School



This column salutes the lives and careers of recently departed colleagues. It is the way NJMEA and NJRMEA can express appreciation for the work that they have done and the lives that they have touched. We mourn their passing and salute their contributions, which are the basis for music education in the state of New Jersey.

If you know of the passing of any music educator, please contact: Christine Sezer at 570-756-2961or

(Please send obituary notices from your local newspaper concerning music teachers from New Jersey who have passed away. It is not possible to keep track of all the newspapers in the state and your help is needed.)

Evelyn Deats Starke Hartmann

Evelyn “Eve” Deats Starke Hartmann died peacefully at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. Eve was born Jan. 3, 1910, in her house in Middletown, N.J., and died in that same house. Eve lived all 102 years, 15 days in the same house. Eve’s mother, Sarah Morford Taylor Starke, lived to 97 and Sar- ah’s two sisters, Eva and Elizabeth, lived to 98 and 99 respectively. . Eve took her New York University degree and began teaching

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music in the Hawthorne, N.J., schools start- ing in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades in 1935. She conducted the orchestra, later went to the high school, and finally became head of the music department. She took choirs to New York City and Washington, D.C. Eve retired in 1971. Eve’s mother, Sarah, started playing the Old First Church pipe organ in 1888 and Eve started playing after Sarah retired in 1938. Eve played until she broke her hip in 2008. Eve and Sarah played con- tinuously for 120 years. They also directed the choir. Old First Church was formerly called the Middletown Baptist Church,

which is the second oldest Baptist Church in the U.S. Eve talked Radio City Music Hall into donating their old pipe organ to her church in the 1940s and later led in obtaining the current pipe organ. Eve and her husband, George, enjoyed boating and fishing and took their Sea Bright-anchored boat out often. In retirement, Eve enjoyed traveling, reading crosswords, Ocean Grove, N.J., organ recitals, and traveling the coastal highway from Atlantic Highlands to Asbury Park, N.J.

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