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BergenPac Launches Inaugural Choral Program

Pastor Chantel Renee Wright and Jeffrey Bryant will participate in The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC's inaugural choral program this fall.
Pastor Chantel Renee Wright and Jeffrey Bryant will participate in The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC's inaugural choral program this fall. Photo Credit: BergenPAC

ENGLEWOOD, N.J.– The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC is calling on all young aspiring singers and performers to join its inaugural choral program this fall.

The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC is establishing this multi-tiered curriculum designed for students between the ages of 5-18 to form a chorus that will perform in the local community.

The 36-week program will be comprised of weekly rehearsals in which students will experiment with a repertoire of musical genres, including classical, jazz, gospel, musical theater, and pop.

“Through this program, students will be afforded the opportunity to develop musicianship skills through techniques such as sight-singing, ear training, music reading and rhythm,” said Becky Hinkle, managing director of The Performing Arts School. “Students will hone their skills and natural abilities which will be showcased in exciting performances in the community and will engage with mainstage artists at bergenPAC throughout the season.”

The product of this program will be a highly trained chorus that would offer its talents and services to the community.

“These performance opportunities, in conjunction with opportunities to interact with world-renowned artists who grace the bergenPAC mainstage, creates an incredibly unique and valuable program for local youths,” said Dominic Roncace, bergenPAC CEO. “This perfectly aligns with our mission to bring live performing arts to our community.”

Professional teachers and performers Pastor Chantel Renee Wright, who will appear throughout the season in master classes for the students, and Jeffrey Bryant will participate in the program.

Wright received a formal music education at VanderCook College of Music and shortly after began her professional career, worked as a music educator, music director, and artistic director, travelling the country with a variety of singing and music groups.

Bryant began his music career at 7 when he was cast as an understudy for the role of young Simba in the Broadway production of "The Lion King." He participated in a number of choirs and joined the internationally acclaimed Songs of Solomon Inspirational Ensemble in 2006, which was both founded and directed by Wright.

“We are very fortunate to have such talented and high-level instructors on our team to establish this program,” Hinkle said. “We are thrilled to be working with them as they have so much to offer the students.”

Classes begin Sept 13. For more information, please call 201-482-8194 or education@bergenpac.org or visit www.bergenpac.org/chorus.

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