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Pacific Ridge students from Encinitas, Solana Beach chosen for honor choir

Pacific Ridge School sophomores Anurag Aiyer (Carlsbad), Rachael Bell (Encinitas), and Christopher Ong (Solana Beach) have been selected for the 2015 Southern California Vocal Association High School Honor Choir. Courtesy photo
Pacific Ridge School sophomores Anurag Aiyer (Carlsbad), Rachael Bell (Encinitas), and Christopher Ong (Solana Beach) have been selected for the 2015 Southern California Vocal Association High School Honor Choir. Courtesy photo

Pacific Ridge School sophomores Rachael Bell (Encinitas), Christopher Ong (Solana Beach), and Anurag Aiyer (Carlsbad) have been selected for the 2015 Southern California Vocal Association High School Honor Choir.

Of the more than 650 students who auditioned for the choir, only 270 were selected. Bell, Ong, and Aiyer will represent Pacific Ridge School during the choir’s Nov. 21 concert at the University of Redlands.

Professional choral directors Angel Vazquez-Ramos (Cal State Bakersfield) and Dr. Christopher Peterson (Cal State Fullerton) will direct the women’s and men’s choirs, respectively.

The November capstone concert will come after just a handful of rehearsals, and will include songs in four languages. The challenging material and limited practice time calls for vocally talented students who are also fast learners, and the selection process reflects this. During the audition, students were asked to memorize and perform an Italian aria in addition to tests in sight-reading, tonal memory and range.

All three students are members of the award-winning Pacific Ridge Vocal Ensemble, which has maintained a National Music Festival “Gold” rating since 2010.