Montgomery Township School District

Visual and Performing Arts Newsletter, July 2021

From the Editor

As we all begin to enjoy the summer recess, we also find ourselves reflecting upon the difficulties that everyone in our school community faced this year as a result of the pandemic. Throughout this very challenging year, the arts have remained an incredibly important way for our students and community to express their feelings, find beauty and joy, and continue to make connections with each other. While the pandemic presented very specific challenges to arts instruction, our teachers and students invented new and exciting ways to authentically engage in the artistic process and create beautiful works of art and performances. They did not allow these challenges to stand in the way of their passion and creativity. For that, I am incredibly grateful. Montgomery has always been and will always be a community that believes in the arts. Thank you to all of our parents for encouraging your children to stay engaged during this incredibly unorthodox year.

We are so excited to welcome all of our students back into our art studios, rehearsal halls, and theaters this coming Fall! It is clear that our students are eager to get back to our arts programs as enrollment for next year in our music, theater, and art classes is as high as its ever been. We can't wait to see everyone, in person!

In the coming weeks, we will be putting together our performance calendar for the coming school year and will share it once it is done. We so look forward to welcoming you all back to our schools for our incredible concerts, theatrical productions, and art galleries. We can't wait to see you there to celebrate our students and their artistic achievements!

Please take a few moments to look through some of the amazing student work in this newsletter and learn about some important updates. Thank you.

Happy Summer!

Adam Warshafsky

Supervisor, Visual and Performing Arts

Virtual K-12 Arts Extravaganza!

The visual arts faculty of the Montgomery Township School District invites you to enjoy this beautiful digital gallery of some of our students' work that has been done over the course of this school year. During this very challenging year, the arts have continued to be a place for our students to find solace, express themselves, represent how they see the world, and grow in their understanding of themselves and of each other. We are so proud of the hard work and incredible creativity and artistry of our students.

As we all come back to school together in the coming school year, we cannot wait to once again create in-person gallery spaces across our district. We are also excited to once again transform Montgomery High School into a beautiful gallery of student work for our annual Montgomery K-12 Arts Extravaganza. Until then, please enjoy this virtual gallery of student work. We wish you a wonderful and restful summer and look forward to seeing our students in September!

MTSD 2020-2021 Virtual K-12 Arts Extravaganza!

Please click to see our students' amazing artwork!

Welcome New Performing Arts Faculty!

We are so excited to welcome two new members to the visual and performing arts faculty!

Ms. Sarah Talbot Coyle joins us as our district's new theater arts teacher after a successful performance career in New York City and teaching experience in Louisiana. Ms. Talbot Coyle started with us this past March and brings an incredible level of creativity, enthusiasm, and talent to our program. She will be teaching our theater arts classes at both UMS and MHS. The combination of her professional experiences and her love for theater education is already proving to be a winning combination for our students.

Ms. Rebecca Palmer joins us as our newest member of the MHS instrumental music faculty. Ms. Palmer is a professional trumpet player with advanced degrees in trumpet performance and comes to us from the Monroe Township School District where she taught for 5 years. Ms. Palmer is also a Monty grad so we are excited to welcome her home! Her musicianship and knowledge of repertoire is incredibly advanced and she has a passion for creating incredible experiences for her students. Our band and orchestra students will absolutely love having her as a teacher.

Welcome Ms. Talbot Coyle and Ms. Palmer!!

Calling All Future Fourth Graders - Time to Learn an Instrument!

At the beginning of 4th grade, all students are given the opportunity to join our incredible instrumental music program at VES! Every year we have approximately 300 students who sign up to learn to play a musical instrument. This is almost the entire 4th grade! If your child is going into 4th grade, please CLICK HERE to view a presentation that contains information regarding our VES instrumental music program. Make sure to fill out the interest form at the end!


Virtual Music Performances

So many of our music teachers did amazing virtual performances this year, too many to include in our newsletters. Below are some that were done towards the end of the school year. We hope you enjoy!!

Congrats to all of our students on their amazing musicianship and artistry! We cannot wait to see everyone back here in our schools in September!!

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