Friday, June 08, 2007

UNofficially Winslow Receives E-mail RE: High School Choir.

Congratulations to the Winslow Township High School concert choir and chamber choir for their outstanding performance at a competition held at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh recently. Under the direction of music teacher Michael Doheny, they not only received a superior rating, but were told by the judges that, without a doubt, they were the best high school choir they had ever seen.

As a parent chaperone on the trip, I was with the 55 Winslow students for four days. Everywhere they went, either on the bus, the cruise ship or in restaurants, people commented on their excellent behavior. It is a tribute to Doheny's dedication and his instruction that these students had the skills and positive attitude to represent their school and community is such an extraordinary way.

My son, Zack, plans to major in music in college and, as a senior next year, he looks forward to taking not only choir and band, but also Music Theory II, a class most high schools do not offer. I truly believe our music program is superior to other high school programs in the area, and I would like to thank the Winslow Township board of education and administration for their commitment to the very extensive music program available at Winslow Township High School.

I would also like to thank Louise Sands, a volunteer whose own children are now in college, but who continues to organize choir fundraisers to enable our students to attend music competitions. Most of all I want to thank the students for reminding us that quality education takes place in Winslow Township High School, and for making us proud.