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Students at the Calderone School of Music.


The annual Calderone School of Music (CSM) audition evaluation and the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Certificate Advancement Program for Strings (CAPS) were held at the East Hanover School in New Jersey on April 28.

These auditions/exams, as well as the winter and spring recitals are the most important events of the year for the students.

It is always a special time when the school recognizes and celebrates the musical progress and accomplishments that the students have worked hard to achieve throughout the school year.

Over 300 students participated in the exams combined.

An additional 42 students will participate in these exams at a later date.

Jeffrey Sassaman, CSM chairperson for CSM exams, reported the grade results for the CSM exams:

59% of students received a grade of Outstanding +, 21% of students received a grade of Outstanding, 17% of students received a grade of Excellent +, and 3% of students received a grade of Excellent.

Dr. Stephen Copeland, CSM string chairperson for ASTA, reported the grade results for ASTA are as follows: 

Out of the 47 students, 6% of students received a grade of Outstanding +, 26% of students received a grade of Outstanding, 26% of students received a grade of Excellent +, 28% of students received a grade of Excellent, 8% of students received a grade of Satisfactory + and only 5% of students received a grade of Satisfactory.

These auditions are both motivating and educational for the students.

They provide them with a fantastic experience they will never forget.

At the same time students raise their level of performance, confidence and attention to detail.

Professor Kathleen Calderone, Mr. Jeffrey Sassaman and Dr. Copeland are very pleased with the results and acknowledge their teacher’s hard work, cooperation and commitment to this year’s program.

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