Viraj Lal has been the Choral Director at Newark Academy in Livingston, NJ since 2007. He holds a Master of Music Education degree from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Rutgers University. Viraj is proud to direct nine vocal ensembles at NA, including their top varsity choir Academy Voices. His choirs have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City with artists such as Sarah McLachlan and Loreena McKennitt. Newark Academy’s choirs worked with guest artist Casey Breves, formerly of Chanticleer, during a weeklong visit as their Artist-in-Residence, as well as Ysaye Barnwell, formerly of Sweet Honey in the Rock, and composer Jim Papoulis. Viraj has held board positions for the following organizations: North Jersey School Music Association, American Choral Directors Association (NJ Chapter), and NJ Music Education Association.