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PRESS PHOTO BY JAMES BUNTINGBelow: Zephyr Elementary School students held their ninth annual winter concert at the high school auditorium Dec. 13 under the direction of Mr. Ken Schneider and Mr. Kevin Miller. The show featured individual performances by the fourth- and fifth-grade choruses, plus the fifth-grade gold band. The evening ended with a combined rendition of “We Wish You a Merry PRESS PHOTO BY JAMES BUNTINGBelow: Zephyr Elementary School students held their ninth annual winter concert at the high school auditorium Dec. 13 under the direction of Mr. Ken Schneider and Mr. Kevin Miller. The show featured individual performances by the fourth- and fifth-grade choruses, plus the fifth-grade gold band. The evening ended with a combined rendition of “We Wish You a Merry
photo COURTESY OF Elizabeth FoxMembers of Whitehall High School Chorale perform a brief set of holiday favorites before the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Dec. 11. photo COURTESY OF Elizabeth FoxMembers of Whitehall High School Chorale perform a brief set of holiday favorites before the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Dec. 11.
Whitehall-Coplay Middle School eighth-grader Alex Witcher conducts the sixth-grade chorus in a song about state capitals during the school’s band and chorus holiday concert Dec. 7 in the high school auditorium. The seventh- and eighth-grade chorus members stand by for their turn. Whitehall-Coplay Middle School eighth-grader Alex Witcher conducts the sixth-grade chorus in a song about state capitals during the school’s band and chorus holiday concert Dec. 7 in the high school auditorium. The seventh- and eighth-grade chorus members stand by for their turn.
Press Photos by Samantha AndersonThe middle school’s concert choir joins forces with both the sixth-grade and seventh- and eighth-grade bands for an energetic rendition of “Feliz Navidad.” Sixth-grade band director Kevin Miller conducts the band while chorus director Donald Ryan leads the chorus. Press Photos by Samantha AndersonThe middle school’s concert choir joins forces with both the sixth-grade and seventh- and eighth-grade bands for an energetic rendition of “Feliz Navidad.” Sixth-grade band director Kevin Miller conducts the band while chorus director Donald Ryan leads the chorus.

Changes in music program

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING Special to The Press in School

Reisteter retires; new teachers join staffs at Whitehall-Coplay schools

After 25 years in the Whitehall-Coplay School District, Steckel Elementary School wished a happy retirement to music teacher Stephen Reisteter Dec. 1.

In addition to his contributions in the classroom, Reisteter is a mainstay in the Lehigh Valley’s performing arts. As a musician, he performed with legends like Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops and The Temptations. As a director, he conducted numerous performances for Civic Theatre of Allentown. And as a composer, his work has been played by the Philadelphia Orchestra and Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra.

Over the past year, the school district has replaced half of its music department staff. Four new teachers are adjusting to their first year as Zephyrs.

Shawn Wydrzynski rotates between the middle school and Steckel Elementary. He received his bachelor’s degree from West Chester University in music education and his master’s degree from American College of Education.

“The Whitehall-Coplay School District is a very close-knit district and community,” Wydrzynski said. “I have the pleasure to work at both the middle school and Steckel, so I have gotten to meet a lot of teachers, administration and staff members who love their job and working with the students.”

Kevin Miller is the new instrumental music instructor at Whitehall-Coplay Middle School and Zephyr Elementary School.

Miller received his bachelor’s degree from Moravian College in music education. He is a member of the Nazareth Community Band, Valley Community Orchestra in Bethlehem and Quakertown Band. He has played the trombone since elementary school.

Edward Hong is the new music teacher and chorale director at Whitehall High School. Hong received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Temple University and his master’s degree from Florida State University.

“Whitehall has established a high-performing, highly respected music program here in the Lehigh Valley,” Hong said. “It has been a joy learning about and working with these talented young student musicians.”

On Dec. 1, Nicole Huie replaced Reisteter at Steckel and Gockley elementary schools.

With most schools holding winter concerts over the past few weeks, technology specialist Dave Parvel has been instrumental in setting up audio, video and sound for the teachers’ inaugural performances.