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Department of Fine & Performing Arts

THE NUTLEY MUSIC DEPARTMENT believes that every student should have the opportunity to explore, perform, create, and listen to music with a true understanding. These opportunities will equip our students with the musical knowledge to be life-long performers, appreciators & consumers of music.


Music Faculty

Nutley High School

Mr. Vincent Vicchiariello, Director of Bands

Mr. Stephon Gaines, Interim Director of Vocal Activities

Ms. Ashley Rothkopf, Orchestra Director

Mr. Baron Raymonde, General Music

John H. Walker Middle School

Mr. John Maiello, Director of Bands 

Ms. Ashley Rothkopf, Orchestra Director

Ms. Rebecca Polynice, Director of Vocal Activities

Elementary Music Specialists

Mrs. Carol Bender - Lincoln School

Mrs. Aubrey Stoyanov - Radcliffe/Yantacaw School

Mrs. Pamela Struble - Spring Garden/Yantacaw School

Mr. John Maiello, Instrumental Music

Ms. Ashley Rothkopf, Elementary Strings


Art Faculty

Nutley High School

Mrs. Theresa Lappostato

Mrs. Angela Melchionne

Mr. Chris Heintze

John H. Walker Middle School

Ms. Jessica Manley

Elementary Specialists

Ms. Joanne Crupi, Lincoln School

Mrs. Dawn Goldberg, Yantacaw School

Mr. Peter Behrens, Radcliffe and Spring Garden

Mrs. Dawn Crescitelli, Washington and Spring Garden


The Nutley School District serves approximately 4,100 students in Kindergarten through grade 12. The five elementary schools serve students K-6 and include Lincoln School, Radcliffe School, Spring Garden School, Washington School and Yantacaw School. John H. Walker Middle School serves students in grades 7-8 while Nutley High School addresses the needs of students in grades 9-12.