New Canaan Public Schools
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How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
NCHS Choir joins an international student chorus in Carnegie Hall appearance
How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Just ask the New Canaan High School Concert Choir and Madrigal Ensemble. Twenty-six members of the NCHS choir students performed The Music of Eric Whitacre in the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall under the baton of Grammy-award winning Composer/Conductor Eric Whitacre in April this year.
NCHS’s student singers joined an auditioned chorus from around the world to rehearse and perform with Mr. Whitacre, who served as clinician for the 3-day residency presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY). The NCHS students were invited to participate “because of the quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers as well as the exceptional quality of their audition recording” wrote Dr. Jonathan Griffith, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for DCINY in the performance invitation.
“We learned 15 pieces during this year from memory," said NCHS Choral Director Sarah Gleason, "and then traveled to New York City the weekend of April 26. We rehearsed on Friday and Saturday and performed at Carniegie Hall on Sunday."
Here are some of the NCHS student’s thoughts about their trip:
“The experience at Carnegie Hall was one of the highlights of my year, and it only got better as it went along. It introduced me to so many composition techniques and ideas through Eric Whitacre, and what it’s like working with a brand new group of people with various levels of skill and experience. This opportunity was wonderful for the NCHS choir, because it allowed for a once-in-a-lifetime experience working with an established composer with a diverse group of individuals in a prestigious and special location.” - Jackson Jakovic, junior, tenor
“The sheer idea of performing at Carnegie Hall, especially someone my age is, quite frankly, unimaginable. To have the chance to work with someone as esteemed and fantastic as Eric Whitacre was a dream come true. His overall outlook on music and his utter creativity was unbelievable to experience. All I can say is: thank you, thank you for providing me with this experience. I will remember it for the rest of my life.” - Megan Lydon, sophomore, soprano
“Getting to work with Eric Whitacre was a truly incredible experience, because he wasn't just our conductor for the weekend, he also was a teacher and a mentor.” - Lynaea Pace, sophomore, alto
“I thought this experience was such an incredible opportunity for the NCHS choir, not to mention that it was a really fun time. I didn’t even realize how big of a deal it was until afterwards, when I was, like, ‘wait I just sang at Carnegie Hall.’ I think that getting to do things like that really benefit students interested in music, because it lets us learn how talented musicians and composers work and see what is possible for us in the future.” - Julia Lamoreaux, sophomore, soprano
“This experience was such a humbling moment in time. To get to be there, at Carnegie Hall, at our young ages is an incredible honor we could not say we’ve achieved without the help of our choir director, Mrs. Sarah Gleason. Being in that room on the first day of the combined rehearsal was extremely emotional for me, to see and hear so many voices young and old coming together to produce such beautiful music. Mr. Eric Whitacre taught us all so much and really brought us all together as musicians, and I am just so grateful to everyone who made this absolutely incredible experience possible.” - Mia Konadaris, freshman, soprano
“It was not only a truly unique experience, being able to sing at Carnegie Hall, but being able to experience the musical process of an accomplished musician like Eric Whitacre and have the opportunity to sing with him and students from across North America was both eye-opening and very fun.” - William Dantini, junior, bass