08 Apr 2008

CHS/SJA Chorus Performs at Carnegie Hall

Forty students from the Catholic High School/St. Joseph’s Academy Chorus performed in Carnegie Hall on Sunday, March 30, 2008. Chorus members performed under Conductor Dr. Anton Armstrong. Armstrong is the Choral Director at St. Olaf College in Minnesota and is only the 4th conductor at St. Olaf in the past 100 years. Dr. Armstrong’s choir performs all over the world.

Students from the CHS/SJA Chorus performed with a total of 238 singers from nine high schools from across the United States. Their performance was part of a National Youth Choir Concert Series offered by Field Studies Institute of New York.

CHS students who performed under Dr. Armstrong’s direction were Boone Anderson, David Attenhofer, David Benedetto, John Robert Butler, Scott Causey, Dylan Cubbedge, William Garrett, Carlo Gealogo, Brennan Herrmann, Rob James, Gregory Judice, Louis Kearny, Knox Kelly, Josh King, Jordan Krouse, Benjamin LeBlanc, Cameron Moore, Steven Morgan, Gordon Newman, Jim Parks, Philip Vincent, Marlon White and Adrian Wintz.

‘Carnegie Hall is one of the most famous and respected concert halls in the world and definitely the most acoustically perfect in the United States. The hall is worthy of only musicians of high caliber and reputations that will do it justice,’ commented CHS Chorus Director Stephen Galliano.

Students performed Kyrie Eleison; Domaradansen (Swedish Rain Dance); Come, Ye Sons of Art; Beautiful City; Verleih uns frieden; The Pasture; and Amazing Grace.

‘It was a wonderful and powerful experience for all of the students who participated. Their performance literally brought tears to the eyes of those who heard them. The caliber of talent and dedication to musical excellence was so evident in all of the performers. Dr. Armstrong also commented that this choir was probably in the top two or three that he had the pleasure of working with,’ stated Galliano.

In addition to the rehearsals and performance in Carnegie Hall, chorus members had the opportunity to see two Broadway shows of everyone’s choice, a group dinner at Carmine’s Italian restaurant, a dinner cruise around New York Harbor with spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty, Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, visit to Ground Zero, Chinatown, Central Park and Grand Central Station. There was also time for the students and chaperones to walk around and do some shopping. Students and chaperones also navigated their way around NYC by way of the New York subway.

‘I sincerely believe that the students from CHS and SJA are blessed to have the opportunity to share their talents with our two schools. We all are blessed to have two administrations who see the value in music education and all the impacts that it has on the lives of these young adults. I am blessed to have the opportunity to share my passion for music with these students year after year,’ commented Galliano.