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- On October 26, 2018 the University of Delaware Chorale visited Cranford High School and presented a concert to our chorus, band, and orchestra students. Led by Dr. Paul Head, they are one of the top college choirs on the East Coast and have received numerous national and international honors and distinctions. The visit was organized by CHS choir director, Meghan Magnus who is an alumna of the University of Delaware. The Concert Choir and the Madrigal Choir also sang for the Delaware students and in March the CHS choral students will travel to Delaware to work with Dr. Head and hear a performance at the University.
- 13 Cranford High School choir students were selected for the 2018-2019 New Jersey All-State Choruses. Accepted into the Mixed Chorus to perform in November at the Teachers Convention and NJPAC are Daniel Klimko, Matthew Mallick, Juliana Marcotrigiano, Rose Michetti, Elizabeth Pereria, Madeline Simone, Gianni Vivas, Katrina Wischusen, Max Wisnefski, and Noah Wohlsen. Accepted to the Treble Chorus, to perform in February at NJPAC for the New Jersey Music Educators Conference are Erin Blake, Mckenna Flynn, and Maeve Young.
- 17 Cranford High School choir students performed in Pittsburgh on March 10th at the American Choral Directors Association's Eastern Division Conference in their All-Eastern Honor Choirs. Burke Jaeger, Max Kopla, Juliana Marcotrigiano, Pria McNeil, Rose Michetti, Madeline Simone and Justin Witwick performed in the High School Honor Choir. Charles Bernstein, Joseph Coyne, Alexander Gee, Christian Malamug, Matthew Mallick, Robert Morris, Madison Panno, Laura Salway, and Noah Wohlsen performed in the Women Composers Repertoire Honor Choir and Noah Kopla performed in the Junior High Honor Choir.
- Cranford High School senior, Laura Salway, performed with the NJ All-State Treble Chorus on Saturday, February 24 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Laura was honored at the concert for being selected for the chorus for the past three years, every year she was eligible.
- On Sunday, February 25, members of the Cranford High School Dance Academy performed at the Loree Theater at Mason Gross, Rutgers University, at Dance NJ's "Show Up and Dance" Festival. This opportunity was exclusive to members of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts and included a master class workshop prior to the performance. The students performed "Legacy" a collaborative work based on the writings and speeches of Coretta Scott King. On Wednesday February 28th. the dance students traveled to New York City. They participated in the "Artist as Critic" workshop at The Whitney Museum; two private master class workshops at Gibney Dance Center, and saw the Wayne McGregor Company at The Joyce Theater followed by a talk back with the artists.
- On Thursday, February 8, the Hub City Opera and Dance Company provided a workshop for Cranford High School German and Performing Arts students. Organized by CHS German teacher, Denise Schmidt and provided by the Goethe Institut in New York, members of the opera company collaborated with Rutgers faculty and students for two sessions to introduce themes of German opera to the CHS students. The first session was bilingual and tailored to German students and the second session provided an opportunity for CHS upper-level dance and choir students to collaborate in a performance of a chorus from Carl Orff’s opera Der Mond. Concepts discussed in the workshops included operatic storytelling and drama, as well as the relationship and interconnectedness of music, story, rhythm, and dance.