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Watchung Hills Students Pack the House at Spring Vocal Concert

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WARREN, NJ - Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) student singers in the Advanced Chorus, Chorus, and numerous variations of ensembles and solo performances, presented a virtual “master class” for a packed audience at the Spring Vocal Concert, Tuesday, June 6 in the school’s Performing Arts Center (PAC).

More than 200 singers presented 25 songs, commanding the stage for some two and a half hours of memorable performances. The evening concluded with the annual singing of “Hallelujah” from “The Messiah,” by George Frederic Handel.”The Combined Chorus was joined on stage by alumni familiar with the parts in a thunderous rendition of the classic piece.

The Spring Vocal Concert was part of the 2017 WHRHS Spring Arts Festival, a year-end celebration of the accomplishments in, and dedication to, the arts by students at WHRHS. The Festival was held Monday, June 5 through Wednesday, June 7 at various exposition and performance spaces at the school. The community was invited to attend the three-day festival, to witness exhibitions of two- and three-dimenional visual art as well as film screenings, theatrical, musical and choral performances involving students of all grades and levels. The annual Spring Band Concert followed the Vocal Concert on the next night, Wednesday, June 7.

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Students performed the Eric Clapton song, "Tears in Heaven," as photos of the students with messages of hope scrolled on the screen above the stage during the performance. In light of the recent tragedy in Manchester, the Tri-M Music Honor Society chapter at Watchung Hills put together index cards that display positive and hopeful lyrics from songs or quotes with the aim of preventing this attack from becoming just another statistic and  to ensure that voices are used to raise awareness within the community.

Toward the end of the concert,WHRHS Vocal Music Director and Teacher Angela DiIorio Bird. singled out five seniors for their achievements in choir this year. They are Allison Horvath, Anthony Peros, Hannah Melillo, Jordon Reynolds and Andrew Morrison. 



Student Singers

The senior soloists at the Spring Vocal Concert included: Hannah Melillo, Veronica Mu; and Jordon Reynolds, accompanied by Anthony Speros.

Other soloists featured in songs throughout the night included: Christine Tanko, Sophia Blanchard, Giovanna DiSanto, Summer Stuart, Katerina Calvo, Scott Ramankow, Matthew MacKrell, Calvan Davis, Emilie Ricciardi, Alison Horvath, Carter Rosen, Stella DeMizio, Anastasia Benc, Gabrielle Listorti, Ariya Blow, Craig Mandelbaum, Joseph Denisco, Angie Carrano, PeriMartins, Kyra Anthony, Katherine Peterson, Katie Napell, Claire Vickery, Julianne Lin, Amelia Stapperfenne, John Maher, Jack Melillo, William Johnson, William Broder, SuchirGovindarajan, Sam Sinnott, Ben Allgor, Francesca Infante-Meehan, Tea Kingley, Ben Kosakowski, Matt Renzo, Sarah Kelly, Sophia Perez, and Alex Wu.

Accompanists for the evening included: Ryan Branco, Phillip Ding, Rachelle Flores, Zoe Golkin, Minhee Han, Ann Ho, Alison Hoffman, William Johnson, Julianne Lin, Andrew Morrison, Katie Tan, Justine Wang, Vivian Zhang, and Lynn Zhou.

The students members of the Advanced Chorus are: Soprano, Kyra Anthony, Chloe Bahna, Vanessa Benitez, AngelinaCarrano, Elizabeth Chapleski, Danae Churchill, Clara Citarella, Stella DeMizio, Anchal Dhir, Alice Farinhas Alexandra Fenlon, Callie Friedinger, Madelena Goffredo, Olivia Graf, Melissa Hertzberg, Allison Horvath, Katrina Howard, Kathleen Kalb, Rhea Kalyanpur, Sarah Kelly, Tea Kingley, Emily Krouk, Lauren Krushinskie, Kira Leinwand, Colby Magalhaes, Emma Marszalek, Hannah Melillo, Veronica Mu, Angela Munoz, Madelyn Murphy, Amanda Nunes, Katherine Paterson, Sophia Patti, Mackenzie Perez, Sophia Perez, Emma Reedman, Adele Rotondo, Elisabeth Russo, Angelia Seda, Kimberly Solis, Lynsey Stanicki, Amelia Stapperfenne, Alexandra Terry, Katie Unterwald, Claire Vickery, Nicole Vila, Isabella Vitlin-Stein Vu, Abby Watkins, and Alison Wolf; 

Also, Alto, Mia Abdelmegid, Amrutha Ajjarapu, Becca Baitel, Rhiannon Barone, Sara Barrientos, Nicole Bell, Brianna Caetano, Julia Celeste, Jessie Crowell, Rebecca Dickerson, Gabrielle DiLone, Emma Duensing, Esmailin Flores, Emma Giordano, Emily Graf, Kylie Hayward, Amy Holz, Aditi Joshi, Amanda Kumor, Carly MacManus, Kayla Martins, Rachel Miller, Katie Napell, Eliana Neuwirth, Elizabeth Nuzzi, Megan Petersen, Liliana Ramirez, Lina Rivetti, Aina Rizvi, Sarah Rosa, Elizabeth Samayoa, Jane Saponaro, Rebecca Sendon, Grace Shanahan, Heather Sherry, Connie Situ, Victoria Salon, Jennifer Stavole, Kathryn Van Arsdale, Nya Venson, Caitlin Villarreal, Leanna Villarreal, Shelby Waddy, Srisaumya Yellamelli, Briana Young, and Mariella Zijdel.

Also, Tenor, Spencer Acciarito, Mylan Dettling, Michael Dumapit, Julianne Lin, Kevin Lynch, John Maher, Caleb Parker, Rohit Rajeev, Emilie Ricciardi, Telaya Strickland, and JoshusTankel. And, Bass, Benjamin Allgor, Elias Alvarado, Nicholas Arceo, Colton Berry, Nikhil Bhat, William Broder, Joseph Denisco, Justin Horowitz, William Johnson, SuchirGovindarajan, Andrew Morrison, Matthew Oboh, SaicholanPillai, Matthew Renzo, Jordon Reynolds, Enzo Ruta, Emmanuel Savatta, Giovanni Savatta, Sam Sinnott, Anthony Speros, and Alexander Wu.

The student members of the Chorus are: Soprano, Elspeth Allen, Erin Bailey, Christina Baratta, Claire Beck, Natasha Bird, Sophia Blanchard, Ariya Blow, Nancy Cerqueira, Michelle Chavanne, Victoria Cheng, Sophie Conwell, Emily Delaney, Liv DeRoner, Giovanna DiSanto, Amina Elmallah, Sophia Formisano, Maria Irvin, Apurva Joshi, Danielle Keller, Ivey Ledward, Keriann Lettieri, Gabrielle Listori, Abigail Manay, Neha Mandalapu, Jacey Maree, Jordan Miller, Stephanie Moreno, Jessica Petersen, Gabriella Roca, Teresa Rotolo, Portia Rowley, Swetha Sadhu, Anna Schafhauser, Ishani Shah, AriadnaSosa, Christine Tanko, Hayley Thompson, Savela Yanga, and Nathalie Zuniga.

Also, Alto, Anastasia Benc, Kimberly Briceno, Katerina Calvo, Susannah Cardoza, Lea Dombrowski, Anna Duensing, Lucy Filoramo, Jayla Garcia, Samantha Geada, Mia Hagel, AlliHaner, Taylor Haraquail, Jordan Hayward, Abigail Herrmann, Francesca Infante-Meehan, Portia Jones, Juliet Keselman, Melissa Kountouris, Mia Kurzman, May Lee, Olivia Leong, Sam Levine, Cameron Lipton, Janet Liu, Esha Mamtaney, Emily Matias, Stevie Mauro, Ava Melillo, Jennifer Miller, Alexandria Minetti, Sydney Moholkar, Skylar Paltjon, Ivelis Perez, Rebecca Perkins, Juliana Restrepo, Victoria Solimani, Alaina Spiteri, Destiny Spruiel, Kathleen Stavole, Summer Stuart, Gabrielle Tharp, Jamie Tomassetti, Elyssa Van Houtte, Elizabeth Wood and Sarah Young.

Also, Tenor, Sydney Brewster, Connor Costa, Arden Dettling, Amelia Gifford, David Kim, Vincent Lesaca, Scott Romankow, Lucas Schultz, Massai Schuler, Parth Vaidya and Dana Wasserman. And Bass, Aviel Andes, Sebastian Aviles, Samuel Bouffard, Calvan Davis, Stephan Dutko, Joshua Hammer, Benjamin Kosakowski, Joshua Lopez, Matthew MacKrell, Lucas Mammone, Jack Melillo, Joshua Monto, Brayan Olalla, Rohan Pai, Zachary Rieger, Anthony Rodrigues, Tyler Schallipp, Anthony Speros, Pierre Tajada, and Mark Volante.

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Combined Chorus

Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) student singers in the Advanced Chorus, Chorus, and numerous variations of ensembles and solo performances, presented a virtual “master class” for a packed audience at the Spring Vocal Concert, Tuesday, June 6, in the school’s Performing Arts Center (PAC). When the Chorus and Advanced Chorus came together to form the Combined Chorus, above, more than 200 singers were involved. The program included 25 songs, and the student singers commanding the stage for some two and a half hours of memorable performances.

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Alumni-Added Choir

The evening concluded with the annual singing of “Hallelujah” from “The Messiah,” by George Frederic Handel.” The Combined Chorus was joined on stage by alumni familiar with the song’s memorable parts. Together, they delivered in a thunderous rendition of the classic piece.

 

WHRHS PHOTOS Recognized Seniors

Toward the end of the Spring Vocal Concert on June 6, WHRHS Vocal Music Director Angela DiIorio Bird, center, recognized five students for their achievement this year in choir. From left are, students Anthony Speros and Jordon Reynolds, DiIorio Bird, and students Hannah Melillo and Allison Horvath.

 

 

 

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