Jeffrey Pando is currently the Perth Amboy High School Choral Director. He directs the South Campus Freshman Choir & Main Campus Chorale; in addition to the after school ensembles, the PAHS Show Choir and Gospel Choir. Under his direction, his vocal ensembles have received multiple Superior and Excellent awards, including Best Overall Choir and Best Overall Soloist. He also teaches Music Theory, Voice Studio and has overseen the Freshman Intro to Band and self-contained music programs.
Born to a Honduran mother and Ecuadorian father, Jeffrey is a Hightstown, NJ native who has received multiple degrees and certifications that include: An Associate in Science Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences- Jazz Music Concentration from Mercer County Community College (2012), Bachelor's Degree in Music Education with an Instrumental Concentration (Saxophone) & Masters of Art in Teaching with a Dual Certification Concentration from Montclair State University (2015/2016)
Although his primary concentration was instrumental music in college, his love for conducting choirs and performing as a bass-baritone has grown over the past few years; allowing him to be an ambitious and eager educator and learner of the Vocal Arts.
Currently, he lives in Milltown, NJ with his girlfriend and 2 roommates, one of whom is the piano accompanist for Perth Amboy High School, Mr. Ian Howells. The most recent addition has been 2 cats named Rhonda and Jasper
Photo from left to right:
Leticia Stancu, Jeffrey Pando & George Spitzer
The Freshman Choir is a class that features students from South Campus. These students learn beginner-intermediate choral repertoire; learning not only music fundamentals such as notation but also understanding how to work together through the medium of vocal singing.
The PAHS Chorale consists of 10-12th grade students. Students sing a wide variety of styles, difficulty & languages, which have included: English, Spanish, Latin & Swahili to name a few. Students who continue to take this course will further their understanding of choral singing and performance, while those that are new, will be welcomed and helped by all of the members of the choir to make their choral experience exceptional. Members of this choir perform regularly through in-school performances, university workshops and competition.
Voice Studio is an audition based class that comprises of students wanting to learn about solo singing. Students learn many different styles of solo music, which includes but not limited to English & Italian Arias, German Lieders, Spanish Art Songs, Jazz and Musicals. Students enrolled in this class perform regularly at in and out of school events such as assemblies and university workshops..
The PAHS Show Choir is an auditioned ensemble that comprises mostly of students that are interested in contemporary, popular, or jazz styles of music. Auditions are held the first week of school in September. This group rehearses after school, twice a week. Members of this ensemble perform at in school events, as well as compete.
The PAHS Gospel Choir, Jubilant Voices, is an auditioned ensemble that comprises mostly of students that are interested in African American spirituals and gospel styles of music. Auditions are held the first week of school in September. This group rehearses after school in the early evening, once a week. Members of this ensemble perform at in-school events, as well as community based performances.
Assignments will be posted through google classroom. Students will be given correct access code at the beginning of the year.
Recording/Practice Recordings will be done through FlipGrid: A recording website where students will record themselves singing sections of their music for a grade. Students will be given correct access code at the beginning of the year.
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I am located primarily at Main Campus Room 125.
However, in the morning, I am at South Campus Annex Room 28
M-F 1:30 PM- 2:15PM