Mr. Ronald Bergamotto
The Mendham Township Middle School Chorus offers all MTMS students an opportunity to express themselves musically with the most natural instrument, the voice. Incoming fifth graders can select to participate in the fifth grade chorus while all others will be a part of the MTMS Concert Chorus. Both chorus perform in the winter and spring musical presentations. The fifth grade chorus is exposed to the standard American literature comprise mostly of anthems and folk songs.
The MTMS Concert Choir is exposed to a wider range of repertoire based on classical, Broadway and contemporary literature. The music is extremely challenging and well beyond the typical middle school experience. This is achieved through Mr. Bergamotto’s ability to customize arrangements, based on the choir and present the music in a clear and effective way through technology. Students never get lost in the music as it scrolls the notation as they are singing. Parts can be isolated or highlighted so the students can focus on their part. Last year the chorus performed Eric Whitacre’s Water Night for 6 parts and Mendelssohn's He Watching Over Israel in 5. This practice has been used by Mr. Bergamotto since 1980 as featured in The New York Times (Sunday April 10, 1994).
Fifth grade chorus meets once a week during the day while the Concert Chorus attends zero period. Students who attend zero period are only required to rehearse once a week. They are assigned the day according to their grade level and vocal range.
Mr. Bergamotto continues to explore new and challenging repertoire that will inspire not only the performers but the audience as well. Technology still continues to play an important role in both pedagogy and performance. Since 2010, Mr. Bergamotto regularly performs in David Dubal’s Piano Literature class at the Juilliard School.
David Dubal and Mr. Bergamotto at Juilliard
Mr. Bergamotto and Kent Tritle one of the most prominent choral conductors in the world today. (Manhattan School of Music Reunion 2015)