Rockaway Music Teacher’s Student Shines
John Stapleton, a senior at St. Edmund Preparatory High School, recently performed for the Prep community during an evening event celebrating the fine arts department. He performed an outstanding solo of “Four Rotations for Marimba” by Eric Summut and then joined percussionists Harun Bonnett and Nicholas Grasso for “Movement IV Despidada (Farewell)” by Ney Rosauro.
Stapleton is currently a percussionist with the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra, which gives concerts throughout the year at Carnegie Hall. He is also a student at the New York Youth Musicians and has performed at Merkin Hall in NYC.
Every summer he participates in the Interlochen Arts Music program studying with the finest young musicians of high school age.
He will soon be a member of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. In September, Stapleton will be attending the Boston Conservatory of Music on a partial scholarship where he will be pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Performance, which is the highest degree in music studies.
According to John Malazzo, music teacher and conductor at St. Edmund Prep, “John has been an amazing leader in our Band program at the Prep.”
Malazzo is a resident of Rockaway.