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Staff Displays Talents at Music Faculty Scholarship Concert

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The 19th Annual Music Faculty Scholarship Concert at Liberty Middle School raised spirits as well as funds for graduating seniors at the event on Feb. 13.


There was no need to wonder why the music programs in West Orange Schools are award-winning once the staff began their performances.


West Orange High School Choir Director John Hellyer served as Master of Ceremonies for the concert, which featured a performance of "As We Stumble Along" by sophomore Maria Nalieth, lead in the upcoming Spring Musical, "The Drowsy Chaperone." Hellyer also teamed with Lauren Grof-Tisza for the Garland/Streisand rendering of "Get Happy/Happy Days are Here Again."


Touching vocal performances of two "Dear Evan Hansen" songs, "Requiem," and "For Forever," were standouts.


Music Faculty from across the school district showed off their instrumental talents with performances of songs by Debussy, Leonard Bernstein, Brahms, John Williams, Steven Curtis Chapman, Van Morrison, Lieber & Stoller, Steely Dan, Average White Band, and Liberty Middle School Band teacher Ryan Krewer, to name a few.


The audience was regaled with piano, saxophone, flute, bassoon, trumpet, clarinet, french horn, violin, guitar, viola, trombone, and electric guitar, bass, and keyboards.


"It is truly an honor to work with such a talented staff every day," noted Supervisor of Fine Arts Lou Quagliato, "especially in a district that takes our music program so seriously."


See the list of performances below and see all the photos from the Music Faculty Concert here.


Music Faculty Concert

Justin Peters and Maria Nalieth perform a song from "The Drowsy Chaperone."

Music Faculty Concert

WOHS Orchestra teacher Elena Peres performs "Scherzo."

Music Faculty Concert

LMS Band teacher Ryan Krewer performs his original song "All I Got to Do."



Maria Nalieth

“As We Stumble Along”


Music & Lyrics by Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison

Accompanied by: Matt King


John Hellyer, voice

“Let Me Sing and I’m Happy”

By Irving Berlin

Accompanied by: Matt King


John Hellyer & Lauren M. Grof-Tisza

“Get Happy/Happy Days Are Here Again”

Music & Lyrics by Milton Ager & Jack Yellen/

Harold Arlen & Ted Koehler

Arr. by: Ryan Krewer

Accompanied by Matt King


Saxophone Quartet

Louis Quagliato, soprano; Roger Bryson, alto;

Andrea Rommel, tenor & Katie Westerlund, bari

“The Girl with the Flaxen Hair”

Composed by Claude Debussy

Arr. by: G. Pollen


Nicole Payne, voice; Allison Gibbons, voice

& Gary Margerum, voice

Accompanied by: Matt King


From: “Dear Evan Hanson”

Vocal arrangement by: Justin Paul

Piano arrangement by: Alex Lacamoire and Justin Paul


Mark Lagatic, trumpet

“Rondo for Lifey”

By: Leonard Bernstein

Accompanied by: Matt King



Andrea Rommel, flute; Deb Rees, flute; Erin Lagatic, clarinet;

 Marissa Gerin, bassoon & Jim Robinson, French horn


“Walking Tune”

Percy Aldridge Grainger


“Three Shanties”

Malcolm Arnold

Movement I—Allegro con brio


Elena Peres


By: J. Brahms

Accompanied by: Matt King


Craig Sanphy, voice

“For Forever”

From: “Dear Evan Hanson

Music & Lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

Accompanied by: Matt King


Francesco Composto, violin

“Theme from Schindler’s List”

Composed by John Williams

Accompanied by: Matt King


Wendy Mapes, voice & guitar


Music & Lyrics by Wendy Mapes


Roger Bryson, voice & saxophone

Dave Rimelis, guitar

“Higher Ways”

Phil L. Naish / Steven Curtis Chapman


String Ensemble

Angel Liu, cello; Francesco Composto, violin;

Betsy Maliszewski, violin; Marcin Waclawek, violin;

Dave Rimelis, bass; Erika Rojas Reqeuna, violin;

 Ayush Narain, viola; Jarrett Walser, drums

& Cathy Solino, violin


Written by: Van Morrison

Arr. by Hopkins




Roger Bryson, alto; Katie Westerlund, bari &

Louis Quagliato, tenor 


Joshua Zimmer


Ryan Krewer & Scott Tomlin

Rhythm Section:

Andrew Zhang, piano; Ben Rubins, bass;

Jarrett Walser, drums; Dave Rimelis, voice & guitar

& Matt King, electric keyboard


“Love Potion #9”

By: Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller

Arr. By Dave Rimelis



 By: “Steely Dan”


“All I Got To Do”

By: Ryan Krewer


“Pick Up the Pieces”

Average White Band

Arr. By: Arif Mardin




Cynthia Cumming
Feb. 13, 2020