WEST ORANGE, NJ — An enthusiastic crowd was brought to its feet several times during the West Orange High School spring choral concert, where vocalists in grades 9-12 joined together to perform a wide range of songs.

One highlight of the evening was a performance of the song "If You Believe in Music," which featured the Concert Choir and Select Choirs of Edison, Liberty, and Roosevelt Middle Schools under the direction of John Hellyer. Another highlight was the Jubilee Choir's rendition of "He Turned It," which raised the roof and brought the audience to its feet.

The video below is courtesy of Cynthia Cumming, Communications Director for West Orange Schools.

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The evening opened with the Treble Choir (girls) and Tenor and Bas Choir Choir (boys). Hellyer and William Farley lead the various groups through their music.

The Concert Choir and Chamber Choir followed. A recurring theme was the music of Queen, with a rendition of "Somebody to Love” from the Concert Choir and a "We Will Rock You" medley performed by the Glee Choir.

The Chamber Choir surprised with melodic and powerful classical music selections like "Salma 150," and Schubert's "Mass in G." Graduating senior boys and girls sang "Seven Years Old" and "I Was Here," respectively, adding a sentimental mood to the evening.

The evening ended with the traditional "Battle Hymn of the Republic," sung by all choir members and even alumni.

"We seem to have covered every possible genre of music tonight," said Hellyer, and the appreciative audience went home humming some of their favorite tunes.

All photos were provided by Cynthis Cumming, and the full program for the concert was as follows:

“The Star Spangled Banner” ... Danielle Russell, soloist


Mr. William Y. Farley, Jr., director

“Art Thou Troubled” 
Music and Lyrics by George Frideric Handel

“Shoshone Love Song” (The Heart’s Friend)
Music by Roger Emerson

“Lift Thine Eyes” (Angel Trio from “Elijah”)
Music and Lyrics by Felix Mendelssohn

“Treble Sisters” (in the tune of Cheetah Girls)
Music by Jamie Houston, arranged by Treble Choir


Mr. John Hellyer, director

“Shenandoah” (traditional folk song)

Arranged by Russell Robinson

“I’m Still Standing”

Music & Lyrics  by Elton John & Bernie Taupin

Soloists: Omayah Bosco, Anthony Bollatta, Aden Lugo

“Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight”

Music & Lyrics  James Hudson & Calvin Carter

Soloist: Andy Chavez


Mr. John Hellyer, director

“Take Me to the Water”

Music & Lyrics by Rollo Dilworth

 “Sing Your Way Home”

Music & Lyrics by Joseph M. Martin

“Somebody to Love”

Music & Lyrics by Freddie Mercury

Arranged by Adam Anders & Tim Davis

Soloists: Hannah Fleming, Ivyn Miranda, Ernest Anuamadi,

Alicia Keenan-Jones, Justin Peters & Nichole Drane

“Sinner Man”

Traditional Spiritual

Arranged by Howard A. Roberts

Soloists: Miriam Pierre, Jason Dort, Alexa DeRonde & Kim Goldberg

“If You Believe in Music”

Music & Lyrics by Gary Fry

Soloists: Maria Nalieth & Daniel Pereira

Featuring the Select Choirs of Edison, Liberty & Roosevelt Middle Schools

Ms. Bonnie Pomeroy, Mr. Craig Sanphy & Mr. Patrick McLaughlin, directors


Mr. William Y. Farley, Jr., director

“Salmo 150” (Psalm 150)

 Music by Ernani Aguiar

“Mass in G”

 Music by Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Soloists: Danielle Russell, Star Lawson, Phil Ojo

“The Music of Stillness”

Music &  Lyrics by Elaine Hagenberg

Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel” (traditional spiritual)

Arranged by Moses Hogan

SoloistGabrielle Florendo 

Senior Farewell Songs

“Seven Years Old “ (Lukas Graham)

(senior boys)

“I Was Here” (Diane Warren)

(senior girls)



Mr. John Hellyer, director


Music & Lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

Choreography: Onye Bosco, Kim Goldberg, Valentina Pappana

“History Has Its Eyes On You” from HAMILTON

Music & Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Arranged by Stephen J. Markowski

“We Will Rock You—Medley”

Music & Lyrics by QUEEN

Arranged by Roger Emerson

Soloists: Jason Dort & Rachel Favetta


Mr. William Y. Farley, Jr., director

“Never Alone” by Kirk Franklin and Tory Kelly

Soloists: Daniella Rodriguez

“Total Praise” by Richard Smallwood

“He Turned It” by Tye Tribbett

Soloist: Blair Murdock


“The Battle Hymn of the Republic” 
by Peter J. Willhousky