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Record number of Golden Panthers selected to the All Catholic Ensembles

Students from across all the Archdiocesan High Schools and Philadelphia Area Catholic Preparatory Schools are invited to audition for these ensembles. This is a highly competitive process in which students must audition in several musical areas.  They are graded by a panel of judges who score each individual musician.  The students are then selected by their score, which is based not only on their performance on their instrument but also on their technique, sight reading skills, and knowledge of music.

Involvement in each ensemble requires extra rehearsals both at PJP and other Archdiocesan High Schools, learning numerous performance pieces and finally culminating in a 3-day Festival and Concert.  For each 3-day Festival, a guest conductor (a Music Professor from local and sometimes national universities) is brought in to work with the students to perfect and teach the concert pieces.  This wonderful and unique experience gives students the opportunity to perform with other students of equal caliber from across the Archdiocese. 

Principal Fr. Brian Kean congratulated PJP students stating, "As a school community we are so proud of the number of PJP students who auditioned and have been invited to participate in All Catholic Band, Orchestra and Chorus this year.  I am very proud of each of these students’ dedication and commitment, and look forward to attending their performances as they share their God given talents at these yearly, prestigious Archdiocesan events.

Congratulations to the following students on their achievement:

All Catholic Orchestra

  • Morgan Laster (Violin I) – 4 year member of All Catholic Orchestra
  • JiHo Song (Violin I)
  • Anna Secor (Viola)
  • Richard Chen (Flute)
  • Elizabeth Brennan (Clarinet)
  • Daniel Martin (Tuba)

 All Catholic Chorus

  • Nadya Behrens (Soprano I)
  • Emma Sills (Soprano I)
  • Danielle Connolly (Soprano I)
  • Kiley DeVico  (Soprano I)
  • Giacomo Badalamenti (Tenor I)
  • Christopher Beehler (Tenor I)
  • Robert J.  DeVico (Tenor II)
  • Andrew Grossbauer (Tenor II)
  • Ryan Loftus (Bass I)
  • Jace Siciliano (Bass II)

 All Catholic Band

  • Daniel Martin (Tuba – 1st chair)
  • Richard Chen (Flute – 3rd chair)
  • Elizabeth Brennan (Clarinet – 4th chair)
  • Robert J. DeVico (Trumpet)
  • Matthew Martino (Trumpet)

According to Mrs. Marusia Lynn, PJP’s Band, Choral, & Performing Arts teacher, “This is a wonderful achievement for these talented students as well as the music department at PJP.  It is awesome that they will be recognized for their hard work.  I am so proud of their success and thank them for sharing their gifts with the PJP family and the larger Archdiocesan community.”


PJP is very proud of our students for continuing to share our legacy and making an impact in the Arts!