WARREN, NJ - Eighth Grade students from the Watchung Hills Regional School (WHRHS) District gathered in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) at WHRHS on Friday, Dec. 23, to hear a 90-minute special performance of the annual winter concerts by the WHRHS Orchestral groups and the WHRHS Choral groups. 

The current WHRHS students give 90 minutes of reasons for the future Class of 2021 to feel pride in their prospective school.The students in the audience were from Warren Middle School, Watchung’s Valley View Middle School, Central Middle School in Stirling, and Green Brook Middle School.

The special concert included performances by a special brass ensemble, the Concert Band, The Orchestra, and the Wind Ensemble, as well as the WHRHS Chorus and Advanced Chorus, and a variety of smaller choral ensembles. 

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The WHRHS choral music director is Angela DiIorio Bird. The Orchestral Music Director is Paul McCullen. A number of the music directors, principals and teachers from the sending district’s middle schools accompanied the future Class of 2021 to WHRHS.

Students in Dance Classes at WHRHS joined the AdvancedChorus to perform “Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy from ‘The Nutcracker Suite,’” by Peter Tchaikovsky, at the 8th grade concert. Choreography was by WHRHS Dance Teacher Annanda Carmody.

Among the other numbers performed was a Choral Medley of songs from Walt Disney movies, titled, “Disney Movie Magic.” Conducting was WHRHS student Jordon Reynolds, and singing the medley was the Combined Chorus of both the Chorus and the Advanced Chorus. Throughout the number, as many as nine students emerged from the concert risers to sing solo lines of the songs. 

In addition, a video screen above the stage showed silent video clips of the movies synced to the songs the chorus was singing. The WHRHS Choral program plans to perform at World Disney World in Florida in late February, while also receiving tours and having other educational interactions with the Disney creative professionals.

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Eighth Graders Listen

Eighth Grade students from Warren Middle School, Watchung’sValley View Middle School, Central Middle School in Stirling, and Green Brook Middle School gathered in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) at Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS), on Friday, Dec. 23, to hear a performance of the winter concerts by the WHRHS Orchestral groups and the WHRHS Choral groups. The current WHRHS students give 90 minutes of reasons for the future Class of 2021 to feel pride in their prospective school.

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Snow on Orchestra

Theatrical snow and the stage’s flood lights, combine to make it seem that snow was falling on the WHRHS Wind Ensemble during their performance of “Sleigh Ride,” by Leroy Anderson,at the concert for district eighth graders on Friday, Dec. 23, at WHRHS. The special performance for the future WHRHS Class of 2021 included performances by a special brass ensemble, the Concert Band, The Orchestra, and the Wind Ensemble, as well as a variety of choruses and vocal ensembles. Conducting is WHRHS Orchestra Music Director Paul McCullen, center, with back to the audience.

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Brass Plus

A special ensemble with brass and wind instruments opened the concert for 8th graders on Friday, Dec, 23, at WHRHS. From left are: Cherlin Zhu on Flute; Jeremy Cui on Oboe; Katie Tan, on Clarinet; Sanjay Subramanian and Timothe Iroudayassamyon saxophone; Ethan Marmolejos on tuba; Jack Horan on trombone; Ben Watkins and Taylor Hestvik on Horn; and Carl Peterson and Ryan Branco on trumpet.

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Men

Among the smaller choral ensembles singing for the 8th graders at the concert on Friday, Dec. 23, at WHRHS, was this special Men’s Ensemble, directed by WHRHS Choral Director Angela DiIorio Bird, standing left, with back to the audience.

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Quartet

This quartet singers, from left, Allison Horvath, Hannah Melillo, Amelia Stapperfenne, and Jordon Reynolds entertain members of the future WHRHS Cass of 2021 at the concert for 8th graders on Friday, Dec. 23, at WHRHS.

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Dancers

Students in Dance Classes at WHRHS joined the Advances Chorus to perform “Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy from ‘The Nutcracker Suite,’” by Peter Tchaikovsky, at the 8th grade concert on Friday, Dec. 23, at WHRHS. WHRHS Choral Director Angela DiIorio Bird conducts. Choreography was by WHRHS Dance Teacher Annanda Carmody.