Members of the Bronxville High School Chorus were among a select group of talented singers who performed at the 2019 Gotham SINGS! Choral Festival and Ensemble Showcase, held at the historic Carnegie Hall on Feb. 16.
The students performed Vaughan Williams’ “Dona Nobis Pacem” with a professional orchestra under the baton of maestro Dr. Craig Jessop. The major work was bookended by contemporary composer Mack Wilberg’s “Requiem.”
“Being able to experience a major choral work of this caliber, under such exquisite conditions, was extraordinary,” said choral director Pamela Simpson, who sang in the choir along with her students.
The students selected to perform were sopranos Catherine Burnell (12), Elizabeth Burnell (9), Olivia Conniff (10), Alice O’Connell (11) and Lily Vorbach (12); altos Eliza Brennan (9), Ally Bruno (11), Sofia Fenner (11), Maggie Lockwood (9), Anna Maicon (9) and Caroline Palermo (10); and basses George Cooney (11), John Mignardi (11), Ashton Minich (9), Jack Palermo (12) and Michael Weild (10).
“Having sung at Carnegie Hall in graduate school, I knew my students were in for an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Simpson said. “After the first rehearsal, the singers were floating on air. They made comments such as, ‘I had chills running up and down my spine,’ ‘You could feel the voices vibrate right through you,’ and ‘Could you hear those overtones? So cool!’ In that moment, I knew their long hours of practice paid off.”
Participating ensembles, which featured 200 singers in the festival choir, included singers from Alabama, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Utah.