Spotlight on SPARC: Advocating for the Performing Arts

The Performing Arts: Building a Critical Set of Skills for Our Students We believe that the skills learned through the performing arts enhance our students’ academic and life skills. The performing arts provide students skills in: creativity, confidence, problem solving, perseverance, focus, non-verbal communications, receiving/accepting feedback, collaboration, dedication, accountability and teamwork. Summit Performing Arts Resource Committee, Inc, (SPARC) founded in 1999 by a small group of performing arts teachers and incorporated in 2003 as a non-profit organization in NJ has been supporting the performing arts in Summit public schools ever since. The Board of Trustees are parents of current students but the membership is composed of current families, alumni and their families, and community members. The performing arts in the Summit Public Schools includes: theater, technical theater (lighting, sound, costume, makeup, construction, stage management), cabaret, speech & debate, TEDx, and STEP. Because many of the performing arts students also participate in the music programs at Summit HS, SPARC collaborates whenever possible with Summit Music Parents Association (SMPA). SMPA is a parent run organization that provides funding and volunteerism in support of music (band, choir and orchestra) for high school students. Currently, the school district budget funds the teacher/supervisor salaries and ...
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Spotlight on SMPA: Making Beautiful Music in the SHS Community

Music at Summit High School Whether it’s a Beethoven symphony filling the halls outside the orchestra room, a spirted marching band filing onto the football field, a Big Band jam being belted out in the Grand Summit Hotel, or melodic voices flowing through the auditorium, it all comes from the award-winning Summit High School music program. It’s led by outstanding and dedicated music directors: Mrs. Barbara Vierschilling - orchestra, Mr. Steven Rapp - band, Mr. Daniel King - choir, and Mr. Alex Bocchino – Jazz Band. There are several ensembles in the music program, made up of talented and passionate music students, which include the symphony & string orchestras, chamber orchestra, string quintet, marching band, concert band, jazz band, concert choir, chamber choir and several others. Summit Music Parents Association (SMPA) Supporting the music program with funding and parent volunteers is the Summit Music Parents Association (SMPA). Recognizing the extensive benefits of music education on academic performance and lifelong skills, SMPA was established over 35 years ago to support educational, enrichment and performance opportunities for all levels of music students. SMPA also provides need-based scholarships to students to attend the biennial music trip and for private music lessons to further ...
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