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West Orange High School Spring Choral Concert Showcases Student Talent

West Orange High School Jubilee Choir. Credits: Cynthia Cumming

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange High School (WOHS) spring choral concert recently represented the school district’s commitment to the arts as students performed a wide array of musical offerings.

John Hellyer and William Farley lead all the different musical choirs at the high school. Hellyer leads the all-female Treble Choir, Concert Choir and Glee Club, and Farley leads the Jubilee and Chamber Choirs. 

Several of the performances were choreographed by students, including freshman Indigo Jackson and seniors Cameron Bridgers and Kennedy Fort-Foskey.

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Several highlights punctuated the evening’s performances: a medley of Whitney Houston songs by the Treble Choir offered enthusiastic vocals; and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and the standard “Moon River” by the Concert Choir provided sentiment and pathos.

The combined Treble and Concert Choirs welcomed the Edison Middle School Chorus for a medley of songs from the Broadway hit “Matilda,” featuring several solos by the sixth-grade students.

The Chamber Chorus offered up a strong “Porgy and Bess” medley with a soaring solo of “Summertime” by sophomore Gabby Florendo, and graduating seniors soloed on Fantasia Barrino’s “I Believe.”

The Glee Club provided a contemporary edge to the evening, with choreographed performances that paid tribute to Glenn Frey, David Bowie, Prince, George Michael and Maurice White of “Earth, Wind, and Fire.” A version of “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story,” from the smash musical “Hamilton,” followed.

The Jubilee Choir then took the stage to deliver performances of “What About Love,” from “The Color Purple,” with soloists Gabriella Rodriguez and Marah Clairvoyant and “Tryin to Tell You Something,” with soloists Rodriguez and Kefi Mtume.

The combined choruses’ finale of “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” brought the audience to its feet as the final choir concert of the 2017 school year came to a close.

To see all the photos from the spring choral concert, click here.

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