INAUGURAL WALL OF FAME INDUCTION
MAY 10, 1997
Tonio Di Paolo
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Tonio Di Paolo is one of America's premier tenors and has sung leading roles in the major opera houses throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He has received international critical acclaim for his excellent vocal quality, musicianship and stage presence. In addition to his highly successful operatic career, he is a concert artist and soloist on the international scene and has appeared as guest soloist with many orchestras in both the United States and Europe.
Norman F. Alexander
Norm Alexander, as an NTHS and longtime staff member, has the distinction of being the first Wall of Fame inductee to be recognized for his performing arts achievements as both a student and a staff member. An excellent musician, as both a performer and conductor, he has devoted himself to the musical education of the children of North Tonawanda and was the driving force behind many outstanding musical organizations including the NTHS Lumberjack Marching Band, Jazz Band and School Orchestras. The quality of the performances of these groups over the years is a direct reflection of the person at the helm
NORTH TONAWANDA HIGH SCHOOL
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
WALL OF FAME
F. Donald Shearer
"Doc" Shearer is best remembered for the outstanding Marching Bands that performed under his direction during his 33 year career in North Tonawanda. Under his leadership, the Lumberjack Marching Band was recognized as the premier performing group in Western New York and one of the best in the State. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, he was also one of the driving forces behind the development of the Twin Cities Orchestra which he directed for many years. Operettas, shows, a traditional performance of Handel's Messiah and symphony concerts were all carried out under his superb direction. It is, however, for his unselfish work with, and his genuine love for, almost three generations of students for which he will be most remembered.
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Verdun L. Kerswell
"Verd" Kerswell is generally recognized as one person who raised the performance of the choral groups he directed to an almost professional level. Over a span of more than 20 years, he directed his various choruses with unparalleled success through such challenging works as Carmina Buurana, the Brahms and Faure Requiuems, Handel's Messiah, the Bach Magnificat and Cantata No. 4, the Schubert Mass in G, Vivaldi's Gloria and many more contemporary and traditional works. At the secondary level, these are accomplishments of truly significant proportion. Active in the community as choir director in a number of area churches, he and his family have contributed much to the cultural and musical heritage of North Tonawanda. His son, John, is also a member of the Wall of Fame.
The purpose of the North Tonawanda High School Visual and Performing Arts Wall of Fame is:
... to honor those NTHS alumni and staff who, through their participation, contributed to the promotion, betterment or recognition of the visual or performing arts while at the high school and those alumni who achieved success professionally as a visual or perfoming artist and
...to pay tribute to the rich tradition of NTHS visual and performing arts talent while promoting the best civic spirit of the community through the arts.
APRIL 16, 1999 INDUCTION.
THE WALL OF FAME PAGE IS BEING REVISED. WHEN COMPLETED, THE WALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS WILL APPEAR IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER AND FEATURE A PHOTO AND HIGHLIGHTS ABOUT EACH INDUCTEE. A SAMPLE APPEARS BELOW:
Maureen Ann Porter