Here’s a note from Janine Papin about the late Jonathan May, the conductor, teacher and cellist who died suddenly Feb. 27 at the age of 51. Trinity Prep, where he taught, will dedicate its production of The Mikado to him. That show runs March 26-28. (Further information is below.)
From time to time we realize that we have been in the presence of excellence. And it’s not until someone is suddenly gone that we realize just how lucky we were, for that brief instant, to know and experience that special someone who was larger than life. On Thursday, March 4, members of the Orlando community gathered at Northland Church in Longwood, Florida to celebrate the life of Jonathan May, a man described by family and loved ones as “magical,” committed to leaving the legacy of music to all he came in contact with throughout his musical teaching career.
In addition to being a husband and father of four, Jonathan May had a family of thousands in the Central Florida area. He was the Artistic Director of the Florida Young Artists Orchestra in Orlando and the Central Florida Youth Orchestra in Leesburg. He also served as Music Director of the Flagler Youth Orchestra in Palm Coast. He was the founder and conductor of the strings program at Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park, Florida, and gave private strings lessons at Trinity Prep and Park Maitland School.
Jonathan performed as a cellist and conductor. His orchestras performed in England, Scotland, Australia, Austria, Italy, and Prague. His awards include Teachers Who Make a Difference and the ASCAP award from the American Symphony Orchestra League. He was committed to spreading his passion and love of music to his students; he was committed to his family and friends; and he was committed to spreading his gift of musical excellence to all who were fortunate to be in his presence.
On March 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. and March 28 at 2:30, in the Trinity Prep Auditorium, the Trinity Prep Theatre Department will present The Mikado, dedicated to the memory of Jonathan May. Jonathan May and Janine Papin, Director of Fine Arts at TPS, were involved in the first collaboration between the newly formed Trinity Symphony and the theatre department. Please join us for a performance in memory of Jonathan May. Admission is $5 and tickets can be purchased at the door the day of the performance.
(Photos: Jonathan May, above right; and Kyra Bloom as Peep Bo, Christine Pappas as Yum Yum and Katie Wartella as Pitti Sing in The Mikado. Photos courtesy of Janine Papin.)