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James Caldwell's Meredith Donlin and Nicole Bruno Accepted into NJ All-State Mixed Chorus

James Caldwell High School, West Caldwell, boasts two singers in the 2014 NJ All-State Mixed Chorus. Sophomore Nicole Bruno and freshman Meredith Donlin are both Alto I singers, and Donlin placed 13th in the state overall. The mixed Chorus will perform with conductor Dr. Peggy Dettwiler of Mansfield University, and rehearsals begin in June 2014, with a performance date Sunday, November 16, in Atlantic City, NJ. Credits: Christine Corliss

WEST CALDWELL, NJ - A sophomore and a freshman from James Caldwell High School (JCHS), West Caldwell, have been named to the 2014 NJ All-State Mixed Chorus. Both First Altos, freshman Meredith Donlin and sophomore Nicole Bruno auditioned for the chorus in April, with Donlin placing 13th in the state. Auditions were held on January 4, when the students auditioned with nearly 600 hundred performers from the seven northern NJ counties. Performers had to demonstrate a variety of vocal skills, including diatonic major scales sung one octave ascending and then descending, chromatic scales, a memorized solo judged on quality, intonation and musicianship, and tonal memory. Performers with the highest scores are accepted into the Regional groups.

"I am so proud of these girls, their willingness to audition, and their acceptance into the mixed chorus,” stated Elsie Timpson, JCHS Choral Director.  “Auditioning with so many talented students takes confidence and courage, and they both performed beautifully.” 

The mixed Chorus will perform with conductor Dr. Peggy Dettwiler of Mansfield University, and rehearsals begin in June 2014, with a performance date Sunday, November 16, in Atlantic City, NJ. 

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