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Ramapo College Chorale to Perform in Tyler’s Suite Concert

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 29, 2016

MAHWAH, N.J. – The Ramapo College Chorale, together with the Ridgewood High School choirs, will present the premiere of the new version of Tyler’s Suite, a highly acclaimed nine-piece choral work dedicated to the memory of Tyler Clementi, a talented young musicianwho died by suicide after becoming the victim of cyber bullying.

The concert, which will be held at the Westside Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, N.J.,on Sunday, April 24 at 2:30 p.m., will benefit the Tyler Clementi Foundation whose main focus is to end all online bullying in schools, workplaces and faith communities using educational partnerships, awareness programs public dialogues and research to create the safe, respectful and supportive social environment that all students and vulnerable youthdeserve.

“Imagine 200 young people – from Tyler’s own community –joining their hearts and voices for the New Jersey premiere of the new Tyler’s Suite! What could more powerfully send the message that there is no place for bullying in our schools, communities, online or anywhere?” said Lisa Lutter, Chorale Director and Associate Professor of Vocal Music at Ramapo College. “The 50 singers of Ramapo College Chorale have so warmly embraced this music and its message, often singing with tears in theireyes. Singing music composed by Stephen Schwartz, John Corigliano and other luminaries is a. Working with the singers at Ridgewood High School and their director Steven Bourque, I know that, together, we will tell Tyler’s story in a way that no one will forget.”

Tyler’s Suite, comprised of the works of nine of today’s top composers and lyricists, including artistic director Stephen Schwartz powerful experience that carries the message that hearts and minds can be moved toward love, acceptance and respect for all people. Tyler was a talented and award-winning violinist who performed in many school and community musical events.

Admission to the concert is free for high school students, $5 for college students and there is a $20 suggested donation for adults.

To learn more about the concert, contact Dorothy Neff at 201-447-5134 or Lisa Lutter at 201-684-6265.

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About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Niche.com.

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com. Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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