Alvirne singers inspired by Grammy winner's visit
Peter Eldridge, an award-winning composer, performer and Berklee Collage professor, shared his talents with Alvirne High School's jazz chorus Friday morning. (APRIL GUILMET/Union Leader Correspondent)
Peter Eldridge has written songs for the likes of Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon, has released four solo albums, performed at Carnegie Hall and is a co-founding member of the double-Grammy winning group New York Voices.
During his visit in Hudson Friday, Eldridge worked closely with the local students during a 90-minute music clinic, where he offered up professional advice at a time when students could really use it.
Auditions are on Oct. 26 and as that date gets closer, it can be downright nerve-wracking.
"When in doubt, sing it in French," he joked with the teens.
For senior Rachelle Choiniere, it felt like a possible glimpse into the future.
"Wherever I go, I hope I always end up singing in my lifetime," she said. "This experience has definitely been encouraging."
"This is a group that really supports one another," he said.
The Walpole resident said some of the best parts of teaching his craft are the moments when a student has what he refers to as an "a-ha" moment.
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