New Faculty Spotlight: Angela Torban, Lower School Music Long-Term Substitute Teacher

Angela Torban is serving as the Lower School Music Long-Term Substitute Teacher during Joanna Stamper’s maternity leave.

Angela brings decades of experience as a choral director and music instructor. She has spent the majority of her career locally in Moorestown. She taught at South Valley Elementary School, where she worked with students in Preschool through Grade 4, and at William Allen Middle School, where she was the director of the fifth and sixth grade chorus.

She was a recipient of a MoorArts Award that recognized her dedication and commitment to the students in the performing arts, as well as a recipient of numerous grants that enabled her to enhance and supplement her students’ studies in music history, performance, and global understanding.

As a member of the American Choral Director’s Association, as well as The National Association for Music Education, Angela spent many years as a member of the selection committee for the NJ All-State Elementary Honor Choir and had the privilege of conducting the prestigious group in 2001.  

Aside from her work with children, Angela has spent time as the vocal director for The Moorestown Singers, a community women’s chorus that specializes in jazz and Broadway arrangements.   

Angela earned her B.A. in vocal music education from Rowan University and pursued graduate work at Westminster Choir College. She originally graduated with aspirations to perform professionally, but, during her time studying at Westminster, Angela switched her career focus and molded her educational philosophy.

“My graduate studies at Westminster Choir College had the most pronounced influence on my career,” said Angela. “The program focused on the work of Zoltan Kodaly, a Hungarian educator and philosopher, and his methods for teaching children to read and write music. The experience completely changed the way that I approached my work in the classroom. Additionally, during a year working as an assistant choral librarian, I had the opportunity to speak with music educators as well as explore the many classroom resources available to them. It was after that year that I was inspired to step into the classroom.”

At MFS, Angela has found the school to be educationally robust and fun. She loves teaching children to sing, and looks forward to preparing students for the winter concerts.

A longtime resident of Moorestown, Angela lives with her husband, Carl, and their dog, Shadow. She has two grandchildren, Maddie and Emily, who live in Miami Beach, FL. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to Barbara Streisand, watching old Fred Astaire movies, and eating delicious pizza.    

 

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