Seton and Elder Students Receive the Opportunity of a Lifetime
By Olivia Wall
On Friday, February 14, members of the Seton and Elder choir will fly to New York City to perform in the world renowned Carnegie Hall on February 17. The concert is in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Shawnee Press. Shawnee Press is one of the largest publishers of choral and instrumental music in the world. There are around 14 different choirs performing at this concert. Seton was invited to perform by Greg Gilpin, a choral composer-arranger who will be one of the conductors. In 2012, Gilpin came to Seton to work with members of the Seton Elder choir and found the students to be so delightful that he wanted to do it again.
Once students arrive in New York on Friday, they have free time to explore the city, including the famous Times Square On Saturday, choir members will spend the day at rehearsal to perfect all the music that the students have been learning since November. Seton and Elder will be singing an 11 song set that includes songs like Wayfaring Stranger and You Raise Me Up. . The students will then see the Broadway production Newsies Saturday night and wake up early Sunday to attend Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral followed by another rehearsal. On the day of the performance, students will attend a final dress rehearsal and then it will be concert time.
Seton sophomore, Kaitlin Devoto said, “I’m very excited to be given the opportunity to travel to New York to sing in Carnegie Hall! I’m excited to go shopping in Times Square and to rehearsal with the other performers who will be singing with us! “
There are not many high school students that can say they have performed in Carnegie Hall. This once in a lifetime opportunity will definitely be a tale to be told to the grandkids someday.
Photo Credit: Jordan Schad