Two Chartertech High School for the Performing Arts students earned first-place awards at the state Teen Arts competition, which took place June 1 at Cumberland County College.
The New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival is the statewide culminating celebration of the arts, dedicated to inspiring New Jersey teen artists, educators, professional artists and arts advocates from all across the state to unite as one grand and all-inclusive community.
The festival includes activities focused on recognizing the accomplishments of the Garden State's teen artists by showcasing their creative efforts in the literary, performing and visual arts.
The showcases presented by these accomplished students at the Teen Arts Festival have been nominated by their home counties to appear as exemplary representatives of the outstanding artistic talent blossoming all throughout New Jersey’s local communities.
In addition to highlighting the accomplishments of the state’s talented teen artists, the Teen Arts Festival works to further the interests of all in attendance by providing master class workshops for students, professional development for teachers and a college fair composed of higher education institutions dedicated to developing professionals with passions to pursue careers related to the arts.
Special guest performances included Simple Man, Broadway's Ron Sharpe and The RockNRoll Chorus.
The first-place students in each eligible category were awarded with full scholarships (a $3,500 value) to attend the two-week overnight Appel Farm Arts Camp and tickets to South Jersey Arts Fest on June 3.
The categories were Musical Theatre, Visual 2-D Arts, Visual 3-D Arts, Dance, Creative Writing, Music, Filmmaking, Vocal Music, Photography and Instrumental Music. Second-place winners received two tickets to the Arts Fest and third-place winners received Appel Farm T-Shirts.
Students from all over New Jersey attended and performed at the Teen Arts competition. Eighteen artists from Chartertech were selected to move from the Atlantic County festival to the state festival in five different categories.
Flor Rosales-Euceda won first place in the Musical Theatre category. Rosales-Euceda is a senior at Chartertech from Egg Harbor Township, double majoring in vocal music and musical theater. She will attend Wagner College as a musical theater major in the fall.
Saudly Delphin won first place in the Vocal Music category. Delphin is a junior at Chartertech from Ventnor. He is also a double major in musical theater and vocal music.
The other schools with first place awards:
• Penns Grove High School in Salem County, Theatre
• High Technology High School in Monmouth County, Dance
• Hopewell Valley Central High School in Mercer County, Instrumental Music
• Wall High School in Monmouth County, 2-D Visual Arts
• Communications High School in Monmouth County, 3-D Visual Arts
• Cinnaminson High School in Burlington County, Photography
• Columbia High School in Essex County, Filmmaking
• Communications High School in Monmouth County, Creative Writing & Poetry.
Performing for large crowds is nothing new for the artists at Chartertech. On February 25, Chartertech artists performed Handel’s “Messiah” at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center under the direction of Tim Sharp, executive director of the American Choral Directors Association. The fine reputation Chartertech’s artists have earned over its 12-year span of performing at Carnegie Hall resulted in this invitation.
The entire advanced vocal ensemble of 42 artists joined the Masterworks Concert Series in April, performing Mozart’s “Requiem” in Carnegie Hall, under the direction of Jeffrey Douma, director of the Yale Glee Club and professor of conducting at the Yale School of Music.
Chartertech is a tuition-free public high school open to students from any school district in New Jersey. Chartertech is the area’s only high school, charter or otherwise, for the performing arts. Student artists hail from 19 school districts in four counties.
Chartertech’s facility has professional caliber music recording and production studios, a fully digital TV studio, a state-of-the-art animation lab and custom dance and theater arts suites.
See Chartertech.org for more information.