Carl J. Rondina
Carl Rondina has been associated with the Chelmsford Public Schools since 1970, first as a student teacher at the Junior High School. For the past 37 years, he has been a member of the highly successful CHS music program.
Carl graduated from Lowell State College with a Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) in 1971. Carl received his Master of Music Education (M.M.E.) in 1980 from the University of Lowell.
His natural leadership and teaching abilities were enhanced while at Lowell State. He was the President of the Collegiate Chorale, and was a sought-after piano accompanist for Vocal, Brass, and Woodwind students performing their all-important semester juries as part of the undergraduate degree requirements.
Carl has been a highly respected and successful member of the CHS music department, teaching or directing the Concert Choir, Treble Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Music Theory I, AP Music Theory, Guitar, and Music Appreciation. Perhaps he is best known as the Musical Director for the acclaimed annual CHS Musicals since 1978. He was formally recognized in 2007, 2012, and 2013 by the Theatre at the Mount (Mount Wachusett Community College Theatre program for high school musicals) as the Best Musical Director. Carl is quick to recognize the many talented students and staff that were instrumental in the success of the annual musical. But his many years of dedication and hard work have made this program the success it is today.
Carl's students are also quick to recognize his influence on their lives and career choices as well.
“I wasn't an athlete and didn't have any other “group” where I fit. Mr. Rondina's room was my home outside home for four years – years I would gladly repeat if I could, all because of him and the family he allowed us to create there. He didn't just create musicians, he created everlasting friendships, memories and even a trial lawyer.” says a CHS '91 graduate.
Chelmsford Music teacher thanks Carl for his influence on her career choice, “Carl Rondina changed my life. I am grateful to this day for the influence he had on me as a student and as a musician. As a music teacher now for the town of Chelmsford, I am thrilled to be a part of the legacy we have in this town and to be working to prepare students for his classes.....”
CHS '96 student credits Carl for her success as a professional musician: “I absolutely would not be the musician I am today without having had the experience I had in his classrooms at CHS. I have gone on to receive degrees in performance and education, and have built my own business as a singer-songwriter, pianist, musical theatre composer and teacher here in New York City. And not a day goes by when I don't feel his influence in my work and in my aspirations. I only hope I can give the same solid skills back to my own students so they might be as lucky!”
Carl will also be remembered as the coach of the girls' varsity soccer team for a period of time.
Carl is retiring in June 2014. His daily presence will be missed in the halls of CHS. But his influence will be long remembered by students and the community at the annual CHS graduation commencement, with the playing of his original composition, the “Alumni March.”