Donovan Soumas, Class of 1994

Mr. Soumas holds a B.M. degree from Centenary. A former instructor and accompanist for the Newark Boys Chorus, Mr. Soumas traveled extensively throughout the world with the chorus. Mr. Soumas is also the former Artistic Director of the Plainfield-based Ric-Charles Choral Ensemble.

Currently, Mr. Soumas is the Owner and Director of Soumas Heritage School of Music, located at 1451 E. 2nd St. in Plainfield, NJ. The general mission of the school is to supply enhanced music education to Plainfield and surrounding communities. Soumas Heritage School of Music offers music lessons to infants, children and adults in all levels, styles and instruments. The school also offers courses in American Sign Language / Music Interpretation, Songwriting / Composition, Choir Directing and Music Theory.

Mr. Soumas has been instrumental in providing students with the necessary music education for college entrance, professional studio work, church musicianship, Broadway and local auditions, national and local competitions and personal music endeavors. The school’s dedicated staff of 25+ music educators helps to round out and complete Mr. Soumas’ motto of being “Totally Educated!!!”

Mr. Soumas is also Founder and Executive Director of H.E.R.I.T.A.G.E., Inc., which stands for Helping to Enhance Resources by Incorporating The Arts to Gain Education, a not-for-profit organization which provides scholarships to students from a variety of backgrounds to further their music and artistic education.

•2004 Union County - Entrepreneur of the Year •2005 Spotlight Award as Judge for the Plainfield Idol Competition •2005 1st recipient of the Richard A. Dennis “Man of Integrity” •2005 Donavon P. Soumas Performance Arts Scholarship (named in honor) •2006 1st Place McDonald’s Gospelfest (Youth Choir division) Winner HERITAGE Inc., Show Choir •2007-2008 Heritage Registry of “Who’s Who” in American Business

•Plainfield Chamber of Commerce •US Coast Guard Auxiliary •Shiloh Baptist Church