WHHS Vocalists Sing Their Way Into Competitive Choral Ensemble

By Laura Lassen and Jaclyn Levendusky

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The North Jersey Regional Choir, a competitive group of singers from across North Jersey, recently admitted three Wayne Hills students.

Senior Laura Necsoi and Juniors Joe Mezza and Sofia Reyes attended the competitive blind auditions on January 6th alongside a large collection of other high school singers from Passaic, Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Morris, Sussex, and Warren counties. The audition required involved the following three scales (high and low diatonic and chromatic), a memorized solo, and a tonal memory exercise. 

According to the Region I HS Chorus Requirements, potential choristers were judged on their quality, intonation (accuracy of pitches), musicianship, and rhythm.

Necsoi and Mezza were accepted into the mixed choir, while Reyes made it into the women’s choir.

When the Patriot Press asked about audition experience, Mezza commented, “This is my second year doing it,” and seemed fairly calm and confident about the accomplishment. However, he remarked that he “was still nervous at the audition.”

Reyes said she has been auditioning “since 8th grade, so it wasn’t that scary, but I was still nervous.”

Over the course of the month, there are three rehearsals after school, along with an all-day rehearsal on January 25th. These practices are held in preparation for the concert which will take place on Saturday, January 27th at 4:00 pm. The Patriot Press staff wishes the best of luck to these three exceptional vocalists at their concert.

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