Dear Rowan Prep families and friends,
It is so wonderful to celebrate Rowan Prep's 4th anniversary as YOUR community school of music here at Rowan University. We are commited to continuing our healthy growth -- in individual instruction in all instruments, Suzuki string program, group classes and ensembles, and The Rowan Youth Orchestra - beginning its 21st year here at Rowan University! Our pillars are built on the building blocks of excellence in teaching -thanks to our nurturing and exquisite faculty, and, a spirit of inclusivity - with offerings that include not only our classes and workshops, but with that of our "partners" here at Wilson Hall - the magnificent music department, College of Performing Arts at Rowan University. Being a member of Rowan Prep will allow you to attend the exciting concerts here at the University (most concerts for free to students; discounted tickets to certain events). Therefore, we urge you to "jump in", take advantage of the Music, and Theater and Dance department,s here at the College of Performing Arts. Information about these events will be posted in our calendar here on our website, but also on our facebook (so please join TODAY - Rowan Prep) .
Our Rowan Prep family is now 250+ members, including our private instruction students, our beginner group & ensembles members, our Music Together Classes, our growing Glassboro Academy/Rowan Prep program, and, our Rowan Youth Orchestra. This year we are expanding our vocal program - with Christina Bihler and Lauren Athey-Janka - to include a "Basics of Singing Group Class (ages 9-11) and a Music Theater Workshop on Sunday, October 27, from 4-6. Due to the success of last year's Brass Day and Youth Brass Band, Dr. Appleby-Wineberg and members of The Atlantic Brass Band, will be holding the 2nd Annual Brass Day on Sunday, November 24, from 1:00 - 5:00 to kick off our second year (in the spring) of our Youth Brass Band. Small ensembles are forming this fall - so if you are interested in playing in our Saxophone Ensemble,Brass Ensemble, or creating a string ensemble, or even joining our daytime Adult Group Vocal Class for Choral Singers, we are here to welcome you, inspire you, and "make it happen".
We will continue to offer placement (audition required) into some of our University ensembles - including our Men's Chorus, directed by Christopher Thomas, our Concert Band, directed by Vincent DuBeau, and our Wind Ensemble, directed by Bruce Yurko. The combined energy of ALL our faculty members helps our students find their "voice", and inspires all of our students to strive for excellence.
Please know that my door/email/phone are always open for your questions, comments and thoughts about how to make Rowan Prep even more welcoming. (email@example.com; direct phone: 856-256-4556) I am available to meet with you/your child for consultations during work hours: Mondays through Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. to find the "best fit" for your child in his/her musical journey.
Registration is ongoing throughout the 2013 Fall Semester. We invite you to like/follow us on our new "Rowan Prep" facebook, a place for our musical dialogue, and "walk through" our website to find out about our current offerings. We also thank you in advance for helping us spread the word to your friends, so that we can include more of our Glassboro and surrounding area families in our musical mission.
Onward to and through year 4!!!
Gina Di Medio Marrazza