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Who's Who: marissa jurow

Name: Marissa Jurow

Position & school(s): Chorus MHS/RJK

How long have you been teaching? Four years.

Where did you go to college? What degrees do you hold?
Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College, Master of Arts in Teaching from Montclair State University.

Any awards/accomplishments? Any claims to fame?
I sang with the NY Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Westminster Symphonic Choir.

What's your favorite part of your job?
Helping students discover their voice.

Why did you become a music teacher?
Music has been such an important aspect of my life. I have had many wonderful teachers that inspired me and I wanted to give back to other people.

Did you do anything else before you became a music teacher?
I waitressed for many years while I was in college.

In your opinion, why do you think music education is important?
Music enriches our lives and gives us an opportunity to delve deeper into who we are.

Who is your favorite musician?
I like so many musicians, but my favorite vocalist is Renee Fleming.

What CD is in your CD player right now?
The soundtrack to "Once."

What advice would you offer to an aspiring musician?
When things get difficult, remember why you wanted to become a musician. Always keep the joy in what you do.

Anything else you'd like to add?
I'm looking forward to being part of such a wonderful music program. This is going to be a great year!