CHORALPALOOZA: An area choral festival/all-day field trip hosted at Ridge High School. Including the three choirs at Ridge, five area high schools (Somerville, New Providence, Newark Academy, Hanover Park and Warren Hills) would spend the morning performing for one another. The Lunch highlight was a 40-foot dessert sale (cookies, brownies, cupcakes) provided by the members of the Ridge choirs. Directors/Accompanists/Clinician lunch was provided by the Ridge Choral Department. The cost of a clinician was split by the five participating schools. Each school prepared a piece to sing together as a Massed Choir under the direction of the clinician to close out the afternoon. The solos were divided between the six schools. The day ran from 9-2.

Including area collegiate professors, clinicians of note included Nick Page, Ysaye Barnwell (Sweet Honey in the Rock) and composer Jim Papoulis. (See list below).

The PDF's below include a letter to parents, a letter to administration, a to-do-list, a schedule for the day and a reflective writing assignment distributed to all participating students for each school. It is a lot of work but it is worth every minute! Highly recommend!!!


Here's Where I Stand from the movie "Camp"

Clinician - Dr. Brandon Williams - Rutgers University

Accompanist - Ed Alstrom on the Hammond Organ

Here's how it's done!


This is Me from The Greatest Showman

Soloist - Natalie Weiss

Natalie is featured on the acclaimed soundtrack for The Greatest Showman and appeared on the 90th Academy Awards in the ensemble of “This Is Me.” She is also found on the popular YouTube web series, "Breaking Down The Riffs."

Accompanist - Jack Bender


You Will Be Found from Dear Evan Hansen

Soloists - Casey Breves & Sam Tsui

Formerly of Chanticleer, Casey and husband Sam are frequent collaborators on YouTube. They were exceptional clinicians for the day.