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Brian Toth - High School Band

I’d like to start the year off with a cou- Central Jersey CJMEA

Music Educators Association

and that the coming months are reward- ing and enjoyable. Things in CJMEA are moving along as we prepare for this year’s auditions and concerts. I’d like to welcome our new members to the board. Adam War- shafsky is our new president elect and Adam Good is our new secretary. Additionally I’d like to acknowledge Jeffrey Woodworth who joined the board as co-chair of High School Chorus. If you have any questions or sugges-


tions on how we can make the CJMEA work better for you and your students, please don’t hesitate to contact me, or any of our board members. The directory can be found at

I would like to also encourage you to

check our website frequently as all of our important announcements will be posted there. Additionally, please connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. Again, I hope this year is a great one

and I’m happy to serve as your Region Presi- dent!

Jeff Santoro - President

elcome back to school. I hope the first

few weeks have gone smoothly for you

ple of reminders as you gear up for region auditions on December 7th. First, please be sure to stay on top of the deadlines for region and All-State applications as they approach. You can help the chairpersons and leadership involved by staying on top of your students for correctly completed ap- plications and timely submissions. Second, identify those students in your school, lo- cal magnet schools, or home-schooled stu- dents who may have unique eligibility situa- tions. By setting expectations for their role, if any, in your program from the outset, you can avoid headaches down the road. (It helps to do this in concert with your ad- ministration.) Finally, be involved in your students’ preparation for the audition. Let them know what to expect when they walk in the room and encourage them to develop their skills as much as possible. Have a great year and keep in touch!

Hillary Colton & Jeffrey Woodworth- High School Chorus

I’d like to take this time to welcome

our new HS Women’s Choir Chair, Jeff Woodworth from Montgomery HS. We’re looking

forward to working together.

We are looking forward to a great school year. There are several NEW choral directors in Region II this year. Please stay informed by reading TEMPO and contacting Hillary Colton, Choral Chairperson at hschorus@ if you have any questions about Region Chorus. Get involved and make some new friends!

Kawika Kahalehoe

High School Orchestra

I hope your year has started off well

and your ensembles and students are set- tling into a productive and successful school year. Region auditions are right around the corner. If your students plan to audition, they should be reminded that an original copy of the solo is required at auditions. Good luck with your winter concert prepa- rations, and good luck to your students who plan to audition.

TEMPO 76 We are working to bring you an ex-

citing Intermediate Choir Concert, Treble Honors Choir Concert, General Music Teachers Workshop, and more! We are currently looking for volunteers

to host the Intermediate and Treble Choirs this year. If you have rehearsal space available in

your district, please contact us.

Penny Martin - Intermediate Orchestra

We are looking forward to a great In-

termediate orchestra season. Anyone wish- ing to conduct either the string orchestra or symphonic orchestra should consider managing the ensembles first to “get your feet wet”. We also need volunteers to host rehearsals. Cafeterias work just fine… it doesn’t have to be anything fancy. If you are able to host a rehearsal or concert we need space for the chamber orchestra, which is approximately 50 students and the string orchestra, which is 90 students. Please con- tact me through email if you have questions, concerns or if you would like to volunteer.

Yale Snyder - Percussion

I hope everyone had a wonderful sum-

mer and great start to the 2013-14 school year. I am very excited about the year ahead. This summer, several Region II high school students participated in the second annual week long Leigh Howard Stevens HS Summer Marimba Seminar at New Jer- sey City University. I want to thank Greg Giannascoli for hosting a wonderful and much needed event in our state. Students were treated to classes with Stevens, con- certs, trips, and had the chance to partici- pate in mass marimba ensembles. Each day a different NJ percussion educator came in to do a masterclass, which included Gary Fink, Ken Piascik, Peter Saleh, Chris Cola- neri, and myself. It was a great experience for the high school students.

There will be

many exciting events happening in Region II this year including our region percussion ensembles, Holiday Percussion, days of per- cussion, percussion ensemble festivals, and more. Please keep checking the CJMEA


Nina Schmetterer

Intermediate Chorus














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