Dr. John Molnar, superintendent of Southmoreland School District since 2011, has been extremely supportive of the Scottie Band during his tenure at Southmoreland.
He was awarded as the “Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s Outstanding Superintendent” in April 2017 and participated in the Southmoreland Alumni Band Concert, playing the trombone.
In honor of Dr. Molnar’s retirement, the Southmoreland concert band performed a piece commissioned for him composed by Mr. Jude Gore, a music educator at Connellsville Area High School and husband of Southmoreland Band Director Mrs. Jamie Gore entitled “Then Sings My Soul.”
The piece was kept a secret from Molnar in order to surprise him as one last expression of gratitude before his retirement.
“It’s an arrangement of two of his favorite hymns, ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘How Great Thou Are,’” said Mrs. Gore, holding back tears before the performance. “We did a lot of sneaking around to keep this a secret and we’ve all been working hard.”
Mrs. Gore then introduced Dr. Molnar’s wife, Mrs. Susan Molnar, on stage to play piano for the piece.
Once the song was over, Dr. Molnar walked on stage to show his appreciation for the piece.
“Mrs. Gore give me way too much credit,” Dr. Molnar said. “She, her colleagues, and these kids have taken this program to a whole new level. I’d like to thank Mrs. Gore and the parents who have shared their kids with me for all these years.”
Molnar speaking after the song was performed
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