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Irish Blessing: SHH Kicks off First in A Series of Virtual Choir Productions
Type of post: Choral A Cappella news item
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Posted By: Christian Hunter
Status: Current
Date Posted: Fri, Mar 12 2021
Coming off an incredible 2020 - yes, even in a pandemic this chorus was magically audacious - Somerset Hills Harmony kicks off a steady stream of virtual choir productions.  First up is an epic incidence of outreach with their choral partners, Bridgewater-Raritan High-School Choir.  John Wilson, Director of Choral Activities for Bridgewater-Raritan School District has been an advisor and long time frend of the a cappella chorus.  In years past, many members of the Somerset Hills Chorus participated on stage with the high school choir and its alumni for their annual tradition of singing "Irish Blessing". 

WIth the global pandemic altering educational and musical plans it seemed that the Irish staple would be yet another COVID-casualty.  Tapping into their alliance, and the technical and organizational assets of SHH, the local a cappella chorus was able to lend its talents, and select voices, to the high school's choral program to bring the "Irish Blessing" to life.  The remarkable feat was coordinated by Don and Chris Staffin who have deep connections to the high school, having seen their four daughters prosper under John WIlson's direction.  The Staffin's are deeply gratified to see the voices of these two choirs soaring above the cyclorama of Ireland in the music video.  The effort proves that once again music and the arts can persevere even in the darkest of times.