Victoria Csatay, Junior at Pascack Valley High School, Hillsdale. I first want to mention how grateful I am to receive the Governor’s Award for Exceptional Promise in Music.

I am an honors student currently taking multiple AP classes. I am a part of both the debate team and The National Honor Society.

When it comes to music, I have been taking classes at NJPAC since I was 11 years old and I am so grateful for all the opportunities I have been given. I have been blessed to be able to personally work with some of the greats; Ben Vereen, Mark Gross, and Savion Glover, and have performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Radio City, and multiple Broadway and Off-Broadway stages. I also recently co-produced a benefit concert at 54below for the BrazilFoundation called Songs For the World.

The Tap Dance Kid (Carole)- NJPAC with Savion Glover, The School of Rock (Sophie), New York Musical Festival – Peace, Love & Cupcakes: The Musical (Bella), The Goldfinch (Middle School Student) -2019, Billy Elliot (Debbie), Turandot (Chinese Girl) @ The Metropolitan Opera.

I would like to thank Mark Gross, Rosa Hyde, my colleagues and mentors at NJPAC, Nikki Armstrong, and my friends and family for all their constant support.

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.