March 3, 2021 -- Mary Antonowicz, an 8th grade student at Intermediate South, received a Bronze rating in the New Jersey State Solo & Ensemble Festival presented by Arts Ed NJ.
Mary submitted her solo performance of Benedetto Marcello’s Sonata in E minor, 4 movements, for adjudication in the Advanced High School Class A group for cello.
This was the inaugural year for the festival that was developed as a way for music educators and students to showcase their continued hard work despite the challenges and performance cancellations due to Covid-19.
Under the direction of her private cello teacher, Miss Jaime Chavan, and her Intermediate South orchestra teacher, Mr. Christopher DeCesare, Mary prepared rigorously for this festival - which received over 1,000 submissions from music students all over the state. All submissions were done via video.
Mary has been playing cello since 4th grade. Prior to Covid, she was an active member in the Garden State Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and an All South Jersey Regional Cellist for the 2019/2020 and 2018/2019 school years.
Mary looks forward to continuing her cello studies as a freshman at High School South next year.
Amazing work, Mary!