Cranford, Plainfield Students Named To New Jersey All-State Chorus

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Alex Barbet

EDISON — Two students from The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison have been named to the All-State Chorus: Alex Barbet of Plainfield and Julia Linger of Cranford.

Students who try out for All-State Chorus must go through a very rigorous audition process. They spend several months preparing for five parts of the audition:

  1. Sing two different scales, one high pitched and one low pitched, a cappella and in tune
  2. Sing an 8-note chromatic scale a cappella and in tune
  3. Sing a folk song a cappella with good phrasing and pronunciation
  4. Sing their voice part along with a CD that is playing a choir singing in harmony
  5. Sight read a short musical excerpt

Julia Linger

“This is a very stressful and intensely competitive process. I am very proud of any of our students who agree to put themselves through this wringer! You can’t help but become a better musician after going through this process,” said Sharon Byrne, Upper School music teacher.

A total of 1,116 New Jersey high school students auditioned for NJ All State Chorus this year. Alex Barbet will be singing bass with the 360 students who were selected for NJ Mixed Chorus and Julia Linger will be singing soprano with the 160 students who were selected for NJ Women’s Chorus.

(Photos courtesy of the Wardlaw-Hartridge School)

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