Pictured above: Salem County Honors Choir performing with guest director Art McKenzie
Salem County Band and Chorus Concert to be held on Monday, February 13 at Salem Community College
The 43rd annual Salem County High School Music Festival will take place on Monday, February 13 at 7:30 PM at Salem Community College. This event features the Salem County Honors Band and the Salem County Honors Choir, which are comprised of the finest musicians from Salem County’s five high schools, led in concert by distinguished guest directors.
Leading the band this year will be guest conductor Jennifer Poorman Hodgson. Mrs. Hodgson is a graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and Stockton University.
Mrs. Hodgson has been teaching at Southern Regional High School since 1999 where she teaches the high school Symphonic Band, AP music theory, jazz ensemble, music appreciation, lessons, pit orchestra and is the adviser for the Tri-M Music Honor Society.
Along with her roles teaching, Jennifer Hodgson is the Personnel Secretary, Assistant Director and Clarinetist for the South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble and has traveled with the American Music Abroad Gold Tour through Europe as a director for 18 years. Also, she has conducted the Western Burlington County honors band in ’08, the South Jersey Symphonic band in ’11, the Cape-Atlantic Honors band in ’12, and the All- South Jersey Clarinet Ensemble in ’14.
The Salem County Choir will be conducted by William Yerkes.
Mr. Yerkes teaches vocal music at West Deptford High School. He directs the Concert Choir, Madrigals, and the annual spring musical. His choirs travel annually throughout the United States. He has served as President of the South Jersey Choral Directors Association and has been active in planning and organizing the Jr/Sr High and Elementary Choral Festivals.
Last year, William Yerkes had the honor of conducting the All-South Jersey Elementary Festival. Although he is currently a high school teacher, he started his career in elementary education teaching Pre-K through 3rd Grade Music. In addition, he is the Children and Youth Music and Drama Director at his church, St. John’s United Methodist, in Turnersville. He is also part of the Worship Lead Team at St. John’s UMC. Mr. Yerkes is also active in musical theater. Most recently, he directed Sweeney Todd at The Broadway Theatre in Pitman.
This event is open to the public. Tickets, available at the door, are $5.00 for general admission and $3.00 for children and students. Check out the event on Facebook via the Salem County Honors Band and Choir’s event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/640114466176346/