School Concert Choir Performs Bach Cantatas at Calvary Church

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SUMMIT — On Sunday, April 17, The Wardlaw-Hartridge School Concert Choir joined forces with the Calvary Chorale (a community choir located in Summit) to perform two well-known Bach cantatas with soloists and full orchestra. Under the direction of James Little, the director of music at Calvary Episcopal Church, Summit, the two choirs sang beautifully in the nearly 100-year-old church.

One audience member said, “the big Bach sound was just as Bach imagined it, in an ideal space.”


“The students here at W-H continue to amaze me with their level of musical talent and desire to do their best,” said Sharon Byrne, Upper School music teacher. “They worked diligently for over a month preparing the music for the concert that was sung in German. I couldn’t be more proud of how well they represented our school on Sunday afternoon.”

The concert choir includes sopranos Catherine Badalementi, Loriana Carlucci, Marisa Carlucci, Ashley DaCosta, Katelyn Gadek, Charlotte Greaney, Brianna Gutierrez, Lauren Levine, Ashley Martin, Keya Patel, Kim Son, An Vu and Emily Wexler, altos Sara Alkhalili, Sarah Chalabi, Jessica Cheng, Milika Griffiths, Hannah Lipper, Caroline McNamara, Aneesa Sonawalla, Nina Pangan, Jaiminee Patel, Krystal Sonson, Julia Ye and Junwen Yu, tenors Luke Cheng, Danny Marques and Wen Du and bass Michael Anastasiou, Alex Barbet, Billy Buchbinder, Nick Davis, Brian Downing, Ian English, Jesse Flood, Zubin Mulji, Alex Pearlman and Ryan Skolnick.

“I was so proud of our students’ professional appearance and sound. The wonderful acoustics in the venue also enhanced the success of their performance,” said Jane Brown, instrumental music teacher and co-chair of the school’s Arts Department. “The choir has been working very hard to learn the challenging music under the direction of Mrs. Byrne. Audience members and singers alike were unanimous in the joy expressed through the music. This collaboration was well worth the time and effort put into creating a wonderful concert for many generations to enjoy.”

The Wardlaw-Hartridge Concert Choir performs Bach cantatas at the Calvary Church in Summit. (Photo by An Vu of Colonia)

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