DanielSonDaniel Son

New Jersey Music Educators Association – All-State Orchestra

Daniel Son, 17, is a graduating senior at Ridgewood High School and studies viola at The Julliard School Pre-college division with Sophie Arbuckle. Furthermore, in the summer, he studies at the Perlman Music Program, a seven week intensive camp for students chosen by Itzhak Perlman, under Carol Rodland and Kirsten Docter. He is a winner of the National YoungArts Foundation, Bravura Competition, Lyra Music Competition, Camerata Artists scholarship winner at the National League of Performing Artists competition. He first debuted at the age of 15, performing the Walton Viola Concerto with orchestra, at Merkin Hall. In addition, Daniel has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium, Alice Tully, Princeton Performing Center, the United Nations Headquarters, and the King Abdullah II Cultural Center in Jordan. In school, he enjoys leading the school’s math team and newspaper, and acts as school treasurer. Daniel will be attending Harvard in the Fall of 2020 to continue his studies.

The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education began in 1980 to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts, recognizing the creativity, talent and leadership of the award winners. Each year, awards are presented to approximately 20 educators and 80 students. National and statewide organizations select the students for their exemplary work in creative writing, speech, dance, music, theatre and visual arts and the leaders for their exceptional commitment and contribution to arts education. The program also recognizes arts educators and arts education advocates, whose leadership has helped nurture the development of students in the arts across the state.

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The Governor’s Awards event is a partnership of the Arts Ed NJ, the Department of Education, Art Pride New Jersey Foundation, the Department of State and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by: the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics; Art Educators of New Jersey; Art Administrators of New Jersey; Dance New Jersey; New Jersey Council of Teachers of English; New Jersey Speech and Debate League; New Jersey Music Educators Association; New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Writer's Theatre of New Jersey; Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey; New Jersey Thespians and Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. The cooperating organizations, award sponsors and individual members of the planning council dedicate their time to make sure that excellence in the arts is rewarded, and work tirelessly throughout the year to plan this special event. The Governor's Awards in Arts Education ceremony are a major collaborative effort of the arts, education and state government.