The Award winning Central High School Choral program
aims to provide a comprehensive choral music education to all interested students. The ensembles, under the direction of Mr. Randy White, offering challenging
and educational opportunities for all levels of singers.
Vocal Music Ensembles
Choir at HVCHS Hopewell Valley Central High School strives to provide a comprehensive choral music program for its students. The choirs present two major concerts a year: the Winter Choral Concert in December, and the Spring Choral Concert in May. In addition, the individual choirs sing at various festivals, concerts and other community events throughout the year. Each ensemble rehearses three times during the schedule rotation.
Concert Choir (grades 9-12) is the curricular choir for all freshman students at Hopewell, as well as any upper-class student who A) wishes to sing in a choir without an audition, or B) is not selected for Ragazze or Chamber Singers. Divided into two gender-specific sections, the Concert Choir focuses on improving music literacy, vocal technique, and musicianship skills through rehearsal and performance of two, three, and four-part repertoire for men’s and women’s voices. In addition, the two sections will combine to perform mixed choir repertoire. No audition is necessary to enroll in Concert Choir. Occasional evening rehearsals will be required.
Ragazze (grades 10-12) is the premier treble choral ensemble at Central High School. Members are selected in the spring of each preceding year through an audition process. Ragazze performs highly challenging choral literature from a broad range of styles and historical eras. In addition to the two main concerts, Ragazze often performs in various competitions and public appearances each year. Occasional evening rehearsals will be required.
Vox Central Jazz
Vox Central Jazz is an extra-curricular choir open to all CHS Choir Students by audition only. Vox focuses on the art of Jazz singing, both a cappella and with rhythm section. The ensemble has been featured at numerous community events and placed 3rd in the 2016 Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival. Vox rehearses in the evenings at CHS.
Chamber Singers (grades 10-12) is the premier mixed chorale ensemble at Central High School. Members are selected in the spring of each preceding year through an audition process. The Chamber Singers perform highly challenging choral literature from a broad range of styles and historical eras. In addition to the two main concerts, the Chamber Singers often perform in various competitions and public appearances each year. Occasional evening rehearsals will be required. Furthermore, as an Honors level course, voice lessons during the school day with Mr. White will be required periodically throughout the school year.
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A Cappella Groups
The choir program at HVCHS wholeheartedly supports student led ensembles. Currently, there are three A Cappella groups which are open to all students at HVCHS. Each A Cappella ensemble is run by student leaders. The ensembles perform at various school, community, and private events. Most students are part of the HVCHS choral program, but it is not a requirement for membership.
Con Brio is a mixed voice A Cappella group which requires an audition for acceptance. Students audition in the fall of each year. Acceptance to this group is highly competitive and all rehearsals take place outside of the school day. The group performs a wide variety of sacred, secular, pop, contemporary, and A Cappella repertoire.
U Got Male
U Got Male is for HVCHS male students only. The ensemble is open to all male students and no audition is required. All rehearsals take place outside of the school day. The group performs a wide variety of pop, contemporary, and A Cappella repertoire.
She Major is for HVCHS female students only. The ensemble is open to all female students and no audition is required. Rehearsals take place Tuesday & Friday
mornings from 7-7:35 am in the Room 101 (Choir room). The group performs a wide variety of pop, contemporary, and A Cappella repertoire.
Director, Choral Music
and Lyric Baritone, Randy White, obtained his Master of Music in Vocal Performance, and his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Randy has an extensive performance background in Opera, Musical Theater, and Jazz. He has performed in many states across the U.S. and also seven European countries.
His Opera credits include: Belcore (L'Elisir D'amore), Il Conte (Le Nozze di Figaro), Gideon March (Little Women), Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas), Zuniga & Morales (Carmen), and Sciarrone (Tosca). Musical Theater highlights include: Benjamin Stone (Follies), Lancelot (Camelot), and Bud Frump (How to Succeed).
As a Vocal Jazz performer, Randy was a member of the Northern Colorado Voices, the premier ensemble at the University of Northern Colorado. As a member of this group, Randy opened concerts for such performers as Take 6 and Kurt Elling.
As a conductor and teacher, Randy has worked in four schools in both New Jersey and Colorado. He was also invited to pilot a program of Teaching Artists employed the Metropolitan Opera Guild to offer music education in urban schools, and professional development to public school teachers of all subject areas.
Randy's choirs have received the highest rankings at festival and clinics, and he has seen great success in creating school cultures which support and celebrate music as part of the curriculum. In 2014, Randy's vocal jazz students from Princeton won 1st place in the Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival in Boston, MA. He has also prepared and conducted the opera choruses for Aida, Tosca, Carmen, and Carmina Burana, for International touring performances with Opera Classica Europa.
Randy also has directed musical theater productions at all of his schools. Directing credits include: Once Upon A Mattress, Annie, Oklahoma Jr., Willy Wonka Jr., Guys & Dolls Jr., Music Man Jr., and Pirates of Penzance Jr.
Randy is currently the Region II President of NJAJE (New Jersey Association for Jazz Education) and the director of the Region II Honors Jazz Choirs for 2014 & 2015. He is also a proud member of ACDA and NAfME. In 2012, Randy founded the American Atlantic Chorale; a touring choir for singers ages 15-21 in the Central NJ area. The Chorale has toured Italy, Switzerland, Greece, and Crete over the past 4 years.