UW Chorale took on the big apple last weekend, performing in numerous different venues!
The day we arrived, we enjoyed a group dinner and then headed to the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine to tune in on a pickup rehearsal. It was amazing to hear the different groups (The Manhattan School of Music Choirs, the Oratorio Society of NY, the Cathedral of St. John’s Choir, Professional soloists, and the Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kent Tritle) perform Britten’s War Requiem.
On Friday, we performed in the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine with UW’s Chamber Singers. The venue was fun to sing in, with such a beautiful setting and wonderful acoustics. We performed a few pieces that we would go on to sing in Carnegie the next day. We were also fortunate enough to learn a little bit of the backstory of the Cathedral.
The next day, we had the opportunity to perform in Carnegie Hall! Chorale took part in the first half of the show, right before the Washington and Lee University Singers, conducted by Shane Lynch. We were also able to sit in the audience of UW’s Chamber Singers, directed by Geoffrey Boers, and the University of Louisville Cardinal Singers, by Kent Hatteburg. Being able to sing on stage at such an iconic venue was an amazing experience.
Sunday we sang alongside the choir at The Church of St. Paul the Apostle. We sang during the Mass, and also performed a 30 minute concert following the service for any parishioners that chose to stay and listen. This was a great cultural experience for the members of the choir to take part in the service.
Monday was our last day in New York, where we spent the day over at Hofstra University and participated in an exchange with the University Chorale, conducted by Dr. David Fryling. We got to listen to their repertoire and perform some of our own music, along with UW Chamber Singers, and had time to mingle with the Hofstra Chorale.
Performing in New York at all these different venues was an experience Chorale members will never forget! Special thank you to the Chorale and Chamber Singers directors, Giselle Wyers and Geoffrey Boers, and Sechrist Travel for accompanying us on this journey!
Till next time,