Count Basie Center Academy students among performers for News 12 New Jersey’s annual ‘Sounds Of The Season’ broadcast


Sounds of the Season(DEC. 11 | RED BANK) Students from the Count Basie Center Academy will participate in News 12 New Jersey’s annual “Sounds Of The Season” broadcast, airing on the statewide news network beginning December 19.

The Basie Center Academy students will join other musical performance organizations from around the state, including Asbury Park’s Lakehouse Music Academy, the Zzak Applaud Our Kids Foundation and Howell’s RockNRollChorus. “Sounds Of The Season,” which in previous years has been recorded live onstage at the Basie Center’s Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre, pivoted this season to allow organizations to record and submit their performances instead.

“Students from our instrumental ensemble programs and A Cappella troupe came together and brought life to three beloved holiday songs,” said Dr. Lucy Chen, Director of the Count Basie Center Academy’s School of Music. “Our instructor, Leo Soeda, turned the songs into a holiday medley of ‘The Christmas Song,’ ‘Christmas Time is Here,’ and ‘Linus and Lucy’ – known to many from A Charlie Browns Christmas, but presented with a twist to include classical, jazz, and even pop music elements.”

News 12 New Jersey’s “Sounds Of The Season” is scheduled to run on the following dates / times:

December 19 & 20: 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 7:30pm

December 24: 8pm

December 25: Midnight, 10:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 8pm

The Count Basie Center Academy of the Arts is now enrolling students for its winter session, which will begin Monday, January 25. Private instruction in classical music performance, vocals, acting for television, movies, commercials and film and a host of other performing arts classes and workshops are available. Classes are taught both online and onsite at the Basie Center’s Monmouth Conservatory of Music and Grunin Arts Education buildings. For information and registration, visit