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SCVTHS SOPHOMORE ACCEPTED INTO THE NEW JERSEY ALL-STATE ORCHESTRA

BRIDGEWATER – Alexander Chen of Warren, a sophomore in the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School, was recently accepted into the 2019 New Jersey Regions Orchestra (Region II) and the New Jersey All-State Orchestra.  

As part of the orchestras, Alexander will be performing multiple concerts around the state.  He is a seven-year member of the New Jersey Youth Symphony and his favorite music to play is classical from the Baroque Period.  Currently ranked 14th among high school violinists in the state, Alexander has been playing violin for about ten years and practices daily to sharpen his skills.

Alexander stated, “I believe that music is far from notes on a sheet. To me, music has been an outlet for me to not only relieve my stress but also as a way to connect to my community.  Through this accomplishment, I hope that I am able to inspire others in representing our school in other areas.”  

Alexander went on to add, “Without the support of Mrs. Ziegler and the staff at Somerset Vo-tech, none of this would have been possible.  In general, I am extremely grateful for all the assistance and opportunities this school has provided me.”

Although unsure of what exactly he wants to do in the future, Alexander knows it will involve “helping other people.”  Alexander is the founder of the Music for More club, which is a community service based club most recently performing at the Abingdon Care & Rehabilitation Center in Green Brook.

For more information on this story, please contact James Strickhart at (908) 526 – 8900 x7169 or jstrickhart@scvts.net.

Alexander Chen was recently accepted into the 2019 New Jersey Regions Orchestra (Region II) and the New Jersey All-State Orch

Photo:  Alexander Chen, a sophomore in the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School, who was recently accepted into the 2019 New Jersey Regions Orchestra (Region II) and the New Jersey All-State Orchestra.