Video: ‘Reconciliation,’ a symphonic reflection on the Trojan War, by Gloria Bangiola of Morristown High School

Gloria Bangiola, a Morristown High School senior, tries her hand as an orchestra conductor at Classics Academy Night. Classmates had just two weeks to learn 'Reconciliation,' the piece that Gloria composed. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Gloria Bangiola, a Morristown High School senior, tries her hand as an orchestra conductor at Classics Academy Night. Classmates had just two weeks to learn 'Reconciliation,' the piece that Gloria composed. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Gloria Bangiola is one of those special kids whose high school résumé is about as thick as a phone book. (If anyone remembers phone books.)

She performs original songs at coffeehouses. She sings with her mom in the Harmonium Choral Society. She has played some field hockey.

In her spare time, Gloria drives chariots. It would not surprise us if she has piloted the space shuttle at some point. (If anyone remembers space shuttles.)

Of course, Gloria is a member of the Latin Club (see chariots), and she has spent her senior year thinking deep thoughts about the ancient Greeks and Romans as a pioneering member of Morristown High School’s Classics Academy. Gloria and eight other go-getters explained the relevance of Antiquity in a series of artistic presentations on June 15.

Which brings us to the latest titles on Gloria’s résumé:

Composer and conductor.

Inspired by the Trojan War, Gloria composed a short symphonic piece, Reconciliation, about humankind’s eternal struggle to overcome its nasty, brutish side.

Video: Gloria Bangiola conducts her composition, ‘Reconciliation’:

One of the charming things about Gloria is that, for all her accomplishments, she does not appear to take herself too seriously. She made sure to heap praise on friends and faculty, singling out faculty adviser Norma Davis for teaching her the rudiments of composing and conducting. (Bravo, Ms. Davis!)

With a big grin, Gloria noted how Wednesday’s conducting gig fulfilled a childhood dream to wield a wand, Hogwarts-style.

Twenty-three of her classmates–including fellow Classics Academy members Carrie Cabush and Michael DiMare and our Timeless Jazz buddy Gus Bacas–provided the magic.

Gloria promised to return the favor.

“If any of you ever need anything in like, 50 years, call me up. I’m your girl.”

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