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A KEY EVENT FOR RBR PIANO PROGRAM

Pictured (left to right) with their Piano teacher Camille Thompson are several of the piano majors performing at Red Bank Regional’s celebratory concert on May 24: Anna Cuozzo, Jacqueline Conforti, Pieter Lootsma, Elijah Nishiura, and Griffin Perry. Playing the piano is Andrew Hall.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

On the evening of Wednesday, May 24, the piano majors of the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Red Bank Regional High School invite the public to a special Piano and Harp Concert at the high school on Ridge Road in Little Silver. Scheduled for 7 p.m., the event celebrates the 25th anniversary of the high school’s piano program, and showcases ten piano majors in performances of pieces from such classical masters as Chopin, Beethoven and Bach.

The student performers  include piano majors Evan Bardinas (Bradley Beach), William Casey (Red Bank), Jacqueline Conforti (Millstone), Anna Cuozzo (Little Silver), Andrew Hall (Little Silver), Pieter Lootsma (Little Silver), Elijah Nishiura (Red Bank), Griffin Perry (Little Silver), Salvatore Valente (Atlantic Highlands), and Jalen Willis (Neptune City).

In addition, a Harp Ensemble including Alona Gerdes (Bradley Beach), Edith Hernandez (Red Bank), Charlotte Jansky (Little Silver), Adeline Monfil (Red Bank), and Edith Torres (Union Beach) will play ensemble pieces “Allegro” by Suzuki and “Rondeau” by Mouret.

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LITTLE SILVER’S DYNAMIC DUO PLAYS VIENNA

peterinviennaRed Bank Regional VPA piano majors Pieter Lootsma (above) and Griffin Perry (below), both of Little Silver, recently returned from performing in Vienna as part of the Golden Key musical festival for young classical performers. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

griffininviennaLittle Silver residents and childhood friends Griffin Perry and Pieter Lootsma have shared their love for music all their lives. From third grade, they have been studying piano, currently with the same teacher. Both seniors at Red Bank Regional High School have been stalwart performers in RBR’s famed Visual and Performing Arts Academy as piano majors. They have performed in many school productions as well as community settings, including the National Guild of Piano Teachers.

At separate times, they have performed at Carnegie Hall with the National Golden Key Music Festival — and this past summer, the friends shared the pinnacle of their musical careers, when they performed in the gilded Ehrbar Hall in Vienna, Austria during the International Golden Key Music Festival.

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LITTLE SILVER: BIG BUCKS FROM BUC BACKERS

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Each year, the fundraising organization known as the RBR BUC Backer Foundation accepts applications from teachers in the Red Bank Regional School District, as a way of financing programs or initiatives that are not usually met within the regular school budget.

As Red Bank Regional High School prepares for the new school year, students will benefit from approximately $40,000 in grants made available to RBR teachers through the BUC Backer Foundation’s teacher-grant program.

“It is part of our mission to support all aspects of student education and development,” explains the foundation’s co-president Carmelina MacPherson. “In the grant process, we seek to accept proposals that are great ideas and positively impact the broad base of students.”

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RBR TEENS SERENADE SHREWSBURY SENIORS

RBR VPA Shrews HomesteadersIn January, the Shrewsbury Homesteaders invited students from Red Bank Regional’s VPA to serenade them at their monthly meeting. Pictured are (back row, left to right) Jalen Willis, Ricci Bigelow, piano teacher Camille Thompson, Pieter Lootsma, Joe Ferguson, Griffin Perry, and (front row, left to right): Shrewsbury Homesteader President Carolyn Alt, Victoria White, Jenna Smith, Danielle Wolf, Homesteaders Program Chairperson Jerry Viracola.

 Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Every month, the senior citizen group known as the Shrewsbury Homesteaders meets at the borough’s historic Presbyterian Church to conduct their business. Sometimes they mix a little pleasure with business — and following a speech by Shrewsbury Mayor Don Burden at their most recent meeting in January, the Homesteaders were treated to the instrumental talents and beautiful voices of Red Bank Regional High School and its Visual and Performing Arts Academy.

The classically trained piano and voice major students performed a variety of their repertoire for the Homesteaders. Griffin Perry performed “The Tempest” by Beethoven; Peter Lootsma played “Sonata N. 14 in C Minor” by Mozart, while Joseph Ferguson offered “Prelude and Fugue N. 17 in Aᵇ Major” by J.S. Bach (all three students are from Little Silver). Pianist Jalen Willis of Neptune City showcased the Jazz genre with “Joes’ Fun Mood Blues” by Joe Utterback.

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LITTLE SILVER: TEENS WELCOME AT THE KEYS

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School 

All student pianists, grades 7 to 12, are invited to participate in the first Inter-district Piano Day, to be hosted at Red Bank Regional High School on Wednesday, January 27. Students will have an opportunity to meet and talk with other students who share their love of the piano, take part in a master class and sign up to play a solo performance. They will also learn about the “King of Instruments,” the organ.

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LITTLE SILVER: MR. ZOOK’S OPUS

rbccspringconcertposter2015Red Bank Regional music teacher Kristopher Zook conducts a multi-generational assembly of voices in the world premiere of his original work VOICES OF CHANGE, Thursday at RBR. 

It’s an ambitious work that represents the human journey in song; one that draws from the words of poets, philosophers and public figures from Confucius, Ben Franklin and Winston Churchill, to Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama. It’s Voices of Change, an original oratorio composed by Red Bank area music educator Kristopher L. Zook — and it will be heard by a public audience for the first time this Thursday, May 21.

A presentation of the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Red Bank Regional High School, the oratorio will be conducted by RBR faculty member Zook during the world premiere concert at the school auditorium. For the 7 pm event, the composer will be joined by a chamber orchestra, an allstar assembly of high school choirs and festival choirs, and special guest soloists from Kean University and NYC’s Metropolitan Opera.

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‘VOICES OF CHANGE’ TO RING OUT AT RBR

zookPress release from Red Bank Regional High School

On Thursday, May 21 at 7 pm, the voices of several generations will join together in song, as the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Red Bank Regional High School (RBR) hosts the world premiere of Voices of Change, an oratorio composed and conducted by RBR music teacher Kristopher Zook. The event features the voices of numerous high school choirs and area festival choirs as well as the Count Basie Theatre Central Jersey Youth Chorale, with special solo performances by Metropolitan Opera singer Jeremy Galyon and Kean University voice professor Katherine Harris.

A multi-generational choral work with a chamber orchestra, Voices incorporates texts by poets, philosophers, political figures and authors including Confucius, Euripides, Benjamin Franklin, Henry David Thoreau, Chief Seathl, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama and more.

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