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Alexandra Pease (’15), the top scoring Soprano I for the 2014 NJ All-State Chorus, was selected for and participated in the 2014 National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) National Honor Choir. She was selected out of a pool of thousands and represented CHS at the National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee in the fall.
Along with Ali, Holly Lehren (SII, ‘15), Hannah Nye (SII, ‘15), Russell Pinzino (TII, ’15), Vivienne Longstreet (AI, ’15) and Aanu Fawole (BII, ‘16) were chosen out of a pool of hundreds auditions from across the state of New Jersey to participate in the 2014 NJ All-State Chorus. The NJASC performed at the NJEA Convention in Atlantic City and at the Newark Performing Arts Center in November.
The CHS combined chorus performed at the New Jersey School Music Association Winter Festival at Chatham High School in December, earning the highest possible rating of Excellent from the adjudicators.
Also in December, the Excelsior Singers of Columbia High School performed with the Summit Chorale at Christ Church in Short Hills, NJ under the direction of composer/conductor Thomas Juneau. Dr. Juneau conducted his own “Virga Jesse” and Ms. Bunce conducted John Rutter’s “Good Ale” with the combined choirs.
Matthew Lintern (B1, ’18), Aanu Fawole (BII, ’16), Grant King (TII, ’16), Russell Pinzino (TII, ’16), Vivienne Longstreet (AI, ’15) and Charlotte Steiner (AI, ’17) were selected out of a pool of hundreds to perform with the North Jersey School Music Association Honor Mixed Chorus. Autumn Jones (AI, ’16) and Lily Murray (AI, ’16) were selected for the NJSMA Honor Women’s Chorus. Both performances occurred in February at Morris Knolls High School.
Junior Grace Savoia-DiGregorio was selected to sing with the Latin American National Honor Choir at the American Choral Directors Association National Convention in Salt Lake City, UT in February of this year. She sings with Canens Vocem, the treble chamber choir of Columbia High School.
Seven students were selected for the 2015 All-State Chorus. Aanu Fawole (BII, ’16), Isaiah Thomas (TII, ’16), Grant King (TII, ’16), Charlotte Steiner (AI, ’17) and Matthew Lintern (BI, ’18) were placed into the Mixed Honor Chorus and Holly Haines (SI, ’18) and Maia Sheinfeld (AII, ’17) were placed in the Honor Treble Chorus. Performances will take place in November and February in the 2015-16 school year.
The Excelsior Singers and Canens Vocem participated in the Hilltopper Choral Festival at Summit High School in April, earning the highest possible rating of Superior for their performances. The festival featured top-performing high school choirs from around the state and was adjudicated by Dr. Patrick Gardner of Rutgers University and Dr. Heather Buchanan from Montclair State University.
Ms. Jamie Bunce, Director of Choral Activities at Columbia High School, was accepted into the Master of Music Education program at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and began her studies last summer. In April, she was again selected by audition to sing with the Westminster Summer Choral Festival Choral Festival in July.