Maddy DiGiovanni ’13
MLHS is proud to announce that the highest-ranked soprano in the state of New Jersey is one of our own. Congratulations to junior Michele Currenti on her acceptance into both the All-State Mixed Choir and All-Eastern Honor Choir! Michele was ranked first out of more than 160 other students auditioning for the Soprano I voice part.
This is Michele’s third year in the All-State Mixed Choir, which is the more selective of the two state choirs. “My favorite part of the All-State Choir is being in a place that is full of musicians who are extremely talented and truly want to be there. I love being around other people who love music just as much as I do,” she says.
All-Eastern Honor Choir, however, is a new experience for her. Although she was ranked fifth in the state both freshman and sophomore year, she is eligible for the biannual All-Eastern for the first time this year, as only juniors and seniors may qualify. Now, as the best junior Soprano I, she is excited to take her place in this prestigious choir.
In past years, Michele has accumulated many eccentric experiences through All-State, which have occasionally required not just singing, but screaming, clapping, and stomping. “It was an amazing opportunity to be exposed to different music from around the world,” she explains. Her newly-learned skills include African yodeling from “Panda Chant II,” learning Finnish from a song called “Sudo Yoik,” and Tuvan throat-singing from Australian Aboriginal music. If you catch Michele at the right time, she might even demonstrate her yodeling in the hallway. “There is nothing more powerful than music,” she says. “It is one of the only uniting factors between cultures and even if two people don’t speak the same language, they can both sing a piece together and portray emotions in a way that words alone never could.”
This year the All-State Mixed Choir will hold two performances, one at NJPAC and one at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Dates are to be announced. The Atlantic City concert is free, so consider attending to listen to the top voices in the state perform! You might even pick up a few tips on African yodeling while you’re there…
Congratulations again, Michele! MLHS wishes you the very best.