Select Chorale Attends National Choir Festival

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The Glen Cove High School Select Chorale participated in the Music for All National Choir Festival in Indianapolis from March 13-16.

The choir worked with seven other choirs from around the country, as well as master choir conductors and composers, including Dr. André Thomas from Florida State University and composer Stacey Gibbs. During the tour the choir took part in workshops with various conductors on improvisation, movement in the choral rehearsal, the evolution of the African-American spiritual and more!

On Friday, March 15, the Select Chorale had a solo performance at St. John the Evangelist Church in downtown Indianapolis. Many of the choirs at the festival were in attendance, as well as all of the conductors/composers that were clinicians at the festival. The chorale delivered an outstanding performance that impressed all who were there. Dr. Thomas was so impressed with the singers that he wanted to work with the group after the concert. He told the students that they were the only group that he worked with throughout the entire festival, which was a huge honor. 

“Dr. Thomas is the very best in his field and having him work with our choir was amazing and humbling all at once,” Select Chorale Director Ed Norris said.

The Glen Cove singers, combined with the other choirs, performed a concert at The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, the highlight of the trip. 

“I could not be any more proud of our students,” Mr. Norris said. “They handled themselves like the true professionals they are, both musically and in terms of their behavior. I truly believe this festival changed our choir forever. We are all better musicians because of it.”

To view the full performance at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in Indianapolis, click here

To view GCTV Friday Morning News’ coverage of the trip, click here