RANDOLPH, NJ--Randolph High Schools’ Choir performed the 10th annual POPtoberfest choral extravaganza last Friday before an enthusiastic audience at Randolph High School. Choir members sang a total of 21 songs that featured multiple students performing solos and duets.
“It wasn’t only pop, there were some slower and older songs which was really interesting,” said senior Richard Williams, who attended the event. RHS choir director Matthew Swiss organized.
“POPtoberfest is a really fun event,” senior Joshua Cohen said. “I’ve done it every year at the high school, and I think it’s a lot of the choir kids’ favorite event.” The two-hour long show is a performance of songs chosen by the choir students. It showcases the group’s talent and diverse vocal ranges. One number included the Randolph Middle School choir as well, introducing them to future events they will take part in if they continue on the choir path.
“POPtoberfest is different because it is more contemporary music. Other choir concerts usually include songs in different languages, older songs and POPtoberfest is more fun because the music is contemporary and that is what appeals to a lot of people,” Cohen said.
“We pick any song and audition for Mr. Swiss, and he decides if you get in or not,” said senior Chiara Ricupero, who performed two duets at the show. Ricupero has been in choir all four years of high school and performed “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse and an original song from the upcoming fall musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” with Cohen.
“At the end, they performed ‘Somebody to Love’ and Elena really stood out,” Williams said about senior soloist Elena Rossetti. Eleven seniors had featured parts throughout the night. Every soloist and duet performer gave impressive performances that left the audience cheering.
“I thought the turn out this year was pretty good compared to other years,” said Cohen, who has been a member of the RHS choir since his freshman year.
Many choir students are also performing in the fall musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” running on November 22 and 23 at the high school.
Editor's Note: Laura Lucivero is a student participating in the journalism program at Randolph High School.