The 2018 Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award and The Marjorie Vandervoort Vocal Award winners 

Isaac Ketter has been awarded the Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award for 2018.

Isaac Ketter

Mr. Ketter, a senior at Fair Lawn High School, is the first jazz musician to receive the Reinauer Award. He studies with Alexander Knox, Roman Filiu and Scott Avidon. At Fair Lawn High School, he is First Chair in the Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble. He was awarded Most Outstanding Musician in the Jazz Ensemble and is also lead alto. He is a soloist with Jazz House Kids Ambassador Ensemble and plays with the Fair Lawn Bible Church Worship Team. He attended the Kimmel Jazz Camp in Philadelphia.

Tiffani Amber Rivera has been awarded the first Marjorie Vandervoort Vocal Award.

Tiffani Rivera

Ms. Rivera is a senior at Suffern High School.  She has been in Suffern High’s Treble Choir for three years, Select Choir for two years and is a member of the Music Honor Society. This year she co-founded a Sweet Adeline’s quartet.  For the past two years she has been chosen for the New York State School Music Association, Zone 9 All-County and All-State Women’s Choirs. She studies with Bette Glenn.  As a soloist she has performed at open mics and sung with Suffern’s Big Band.

This 2017-2018 Season, the Ridgewood Choral Celebrates 90 Years of Women in Song and Service

By Admin / December 10, 2017


Annual Spring Concert – A Celebration of Our 90th Anniversary

As in 1928, the Choral still performs music of the highest caliber written for women’s voices. Our Annual Spring Concert, on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 7:30pm at the West Side Presbyterian Church, will be no exception. Listeners will enjoy classics by Purcell as well as modern pieces such as “A Spring Bouquet” written for the Choral by our beloved friend and former accompanist, Richard Lane and first performed during our 75th season. To make our 2018 concert even more unique, the Northern Highlands Regional High School concert choir, under the direction of Thomas Paster, will join us.

Directed by Marjorie Vandervoort

Susan LaFever, Pianist

Saturday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.

West Side Presbyterian Church, 6 South Monroe Street, Ridgewood, NJ

Special Guests:

  • Northern Highlands Regional High School Concert Choir. Thomas Paster, Director.
  • 2018 Florence Reinauer Memorial Award Winner
  • 2018 Marjorie Vandervoort Vocal Award Winner

Gala Luncheon Opened Our Anniversary Year Celebrations

By Admin / October 22, 2017

The Gala Luncheon, held on October 22, 2017 at Bacari Grille, Washington Township, NJ, was a wonderful afternoon of friendship and celebration of 90 years of the Choral’s long history of Women in Song and Service. Heddi Hoffman headed the committee. The venue provided a bright, spacious and congenial atmosphere and a delicious menu. The slide show, created by Kelly Van Orden and her mother, Laura, was a treat. President Thia Longhi served as emcee.

Highlight of the day was acknowledgement of Marjorie Vandervoort’s 25 years as our Music Director with the announcement of a $1,200 Vocalist Music Award in her honor, announced by Deb Goodell. The three longest tenured members, Lorraine Heffernan (42 yrs), Mary Boggia (34 yrs) and Heddi Hoffman, (32 yrs) were given the honor of cutting the special 90th anniversary cake.

For additional publicity on this event:

2017 Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award Winner

2017 Winner - Andrew Hughes

The 2017 Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award and The Marjorie Vandervoort Vocal Award

The Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award for excellence in vocal or instrumental performance. Instituted in 1967, the fund was later endowed by Franklin Reinauer as a memorial to his wife Florence. In 2013 the award was increased to $2,500 and since its inception, over $42,500 has been awarded to encourage talented young musicians.

The Marjorie Vandervoort Vocal Award in the amount of $1,200 was instituted during the 90th Anniversary Season (2017-2018) in honor of Marjorie Vandervoort’s 25 years of service as our Music Director. This award is intended solely for excellence in vocal performance.

Donations to underwrite these awards are welcomed and are tax deductible. To make a donation to either Award, please go to the Donations page. The Ridgewood Choral thanks you in advance for your support of our Awards. Donors and honorees are listed in the annual concert program.