PLAINFIELD — Alex Barbet of Plainfield, a junior at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School, showcased his vocal talents with the finest singers on the Eastern Seaboard as a member of the All-Eastern Regional Chorus last weekend. The group of 360 singers selected to the National Association for Music Educators (NAMFE) All-Eastern Mixed Honor Chorus rehearsed from April 4-6 and performed on April 7 at the Bushnell Performing Arts Center in Hartford, Conn.
“It was a lot of singing and it was really tiring, but it was definitely worth it,” said Barbet, who rehearsed for as many as eight hours per day with the group. “I definitely enjoyed it.”
The NAMFE Mixed Honor Chorus performed eight songs in front of an audience of 1,200 on the final day of the festival’s long weekend. His favorite song was The Conversion of Saul by NAMFE conductor and composer Z. Randall Stroope.
“It’s really an odd composition of music and it comes together very nicely,” explained Barbet, a member of the Bass II section. “It’s very violent at the beginning and at the end it gets really calm.”
After rehearsing most of the day, the performers attended concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings. Although it was exhausting, Barbet enjoyed the experience.
“To see so many talented singers come together with such excellent music was amazing,” he said.
The next step for Barbet is a national audition, which he must record by April 21. If he is accepted into the National Choir, he will be invited to Memphis, Tenn. in 2014.
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