By Sydney Roux
Charlotte Catholic High School’s Honors Chorus went to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall on March 6th; specifically in the Isaac Stern Auditorium on the Ronald O. Perelman Stage. Carnegie Hall is a famous concert venue in midtown Manhattan and built by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1891. It is known for both classical and popular music along with having its own artistic program, development, and marketing departments, featuring about 250 performances each season.
CCHS Honors Chorus comprises of 64 members. To be accepted, the chorus director, Ms. Tippett, had to send Carnegie Hall a CD of a chorus performance. Once they were accepted, they began learning the music they would perform alongside two other schools from around the United States, creating the National Youth Choir with a total of 150 students. The choir performed under the direction of Conductor Dr. Lynne Gackle, who is the Associate Professor of Ensembles and Associate Director of Choral Activities at Baylor University. The choir sang “Skip to My Lou,” “Offertory,” “My Spirit is Uncaged,” “Bright Morning Stars,” “Beautiful River,” and “Crucifixus.”
Of course, while in New York the students were able to tour. A chaperone accomponied a group of students sightseeing around the city, including places such as SoHo, Manhattan, Little Italy, Little Paris, Central Park, Grand Central Station, broadway shows, Top of the Rock Observation Deck, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Times Square.