From April 22-25, 20 students and 7 adults traveled to NYC! While in the city, the group saw two Broadway Musicals (Dear Evan Hansen and Wicked), experienced the bustling streets of 5th Ave, Rockefeller Center and Times Square, enjoyed a dinner/dance Circle Line Cruise, and saw the Statue of Liberty up close.
They further enjoyed the views from the top of the Empire State Building, celebrated the Beautiful Divine Mercy Sunday Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral with Cardinal Dolan, dined in Little Italy, and visited the September 11th Memorial Museum. The Chamber Choir performed and competed in the Worldstrides Heritage Music Festival at the Riverside Church. (It was from the pulpit of the Riverside Church that Martin Luther King, Jr., first publicly voiced his opposition to the Vietnam War, that Nelson Mandela addressed U.S. church leaders after his release from prison, and that speakers as diverse as Cesar Chavez, Jesse Jackson, Desmond Tutu, Fidel Castro, and Reinhold Niebuhr lectured church and nation about issues of the day).
The Chamber Choir did not disappoint! They performed with confidence and skill and were rewarded with a Gold rating (the highest level). They won 1st place in their division and- due to their high score- they were invited to participate in the Elite Performance Series at Carnegie Hall.
It was a fantastic four days "orchestrated" by our STA Musical Director, Mrs. Brenda LaForce, to whom we are very grateful. Under her leadership, our Saints enjoyed an experience of a lifetime!
Enjoy some of their recorded performances here: