BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On Thursday, June 4, the Honors Choir/Student Composer Recital was broadcasted on the GLTV YouTube Channel. The virtual recital included pre-recorded performances by members of the honors choir; seniors Bella Barbosa, Maycee Campano, Nishka Abraham, Mia Montero, and junior Rebecca Candeloro; and an original piano piece by freshman Shreyas Agnihotri.
The honors choir is part of the school choir. Although the students in honors choir are in the same class as the other students, and they perform together at the winter and spring concerts, the honors members participate in additional assignments and performances such as a recital.
The song selections were made by Joseph Elefante, the choir director. The songs included pieces in Italian and Latin, as well as songs from musicals.
For the seniors, this event was their last performance as part of the Governor Livingston choir.
Abraham said, “I was really happy that the virtual concert happened, but I didn’t think of it as my last concert at the time. Reflecting on the experience now, I would say it reminded me of how great my four years of choir have been.”
The only student composition featured in the recital was “Nocturne in C minor,” a piano duet written by Agnihotri.
“While there is less pressure on the performer, much of the listening experience may be lost in a virtual setting,” Agnihotri said.
In the recording, Agnihotri played both parts of the duet. He said he hopes to participate in more events like this in the future.
Even though the recital couldn’t be held before a live audience due to remote learning restrictions, the recital gave the honors choir the opportunity to showcase their talent in an unconventional way.