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Famous People who once sang in a chorus

Do you know of a famous person (not neccessarily a singer, it could be a
politician, author, chef, etc.) who once sang in their school chorus? I
teach middle school and have a bulletin board, "Noteworthy People", to
encourage the kids to try and find out whose picture could be put on the
board. Who do we have so far? Clay Aiken and Elen Degeneres. Any others?
Susan Cowart sc123(a)comcast.net




on September 13, 2006 1:31pm
Who do we have so far? Clay Aiken and Elen Degeneres. Any others?
Susan Cowart sc123(a)comcast.net



Billy Joel
Patti LuPone
both from Long Island, and I know their teachers!

Flora Metrick
_MusigalF(a)aol.com_ (mailto:MusigalF(a)aol.com)





on September 13, 2006 1:35pm
Axel Rose (guns and roses) - somewhere I have a picture of him in chorus
Jhhn Schneider
Garrison Keilor

There are 4 senators that have a quartet (or did), I can see them, but not name them
-c.findley
cfind82(a)aol.com




on September 14, 2006 5:01am
How famous do they need to be? Sam Champion, the new, highly personable
weatherman for ABC's Good Morning America, was a high school student of mine
back in the late '70's.

Fred Wygal
fredw27(a)aol.com





on September 14, 2006 5:14am
I share an office with a choir director who has a picture of his choir when
Kristen Chenowith was singing in it.

Also Susan Powell, former Miss America. She also played trumpet and was drum major of the band her senior year in high school.

Robert Reck
reckeuph(a)sbcglobal.net




on September 14, 2006 6:08am
On Sep 13, 2006, at 6:23 PM, FredW27(a)AOL.COM wrote:

Lenny Kravitz sang in my California Boys' Choir from age 11-13. When
interviewed by Rolling Stone Magazine some years ago, he was asked
what his favorite, all-time piece of music was. His answer knocked
them off their bar stools: "Jubilate Deo in chordis" by Heinrich
Schuetz!

Douglas Neslund
justusla(a)mac.com




on September 14, 2006 6:08am
Sheryl Crow was ahead of me in school where she both sang in choir and
served as the accompanist for all four years. She was also the drum
major of the marching band! Also, Trent Tomlinson who released a
country music CD last year sang in my mother's junior high and high
school choirs.

Peace,

Natasia Sexton
Nsexton(a)franklincollege.edu




on September 14, 2006 6:41am
Actress Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Scarface, The Abyss, Robinhood with
Kevin Costner, now a TV series which I can't remember the name of) was in choir
and madrigals with me at University of Illinois.

Ben Allaway
Des Moines, IA
benlmnop(a)aol.com





on September 14, 2006 5:38pm
Wasn't Sheryl Crow also an elementary music teacher for a while?

Isabel Hernandez-Cata
Isabel_Hernandez-Cata(a)mcpsmd.org




on September 14, 2006 5:38pm
Lucas Grabeel, who starred in 'High School Musical', (your kids will
know him) sang in choir at Kickapoo High School in Springfield, MO.

W. Thomas Rickman
Choral Director
Harrison Jr. High School - Harrison, AR
(870)741-8503 - office
trickman(a)gobs.k12.ar.us




on September 15, 2006 6:04am
Most of the famous people who have been listed on this
thread have been famous singers, a few actors. What
about famous athletes who were in Chorus either in
college or in high school?

I know of one that was featured in Sports Illustrated
magazine (2002, I think) when he was still in
college--a tackle from U. of Kentucky named Antonio
Hall. He was a music major and hoped to sing at the
Met someday. He said that he wanted to teach music to
inner-city middle school kids when he's done with
football. Does anyone know any more about what he is
doing these days?

Carolyn Dwyer
Lower School Choral Director
Holy Innocents' Episcopal School

Staff Singer (Soprano)
Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church

Freelance Flutist

Atlanta, Georgia

caroflutesinger(at)yahoo(dot)com

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on September 15, 2006 6:05am
Also:

Neil Diamond (Erasmus High School - NYC)
Barbara Streisand (same)
Jamie Foxx (church choir)
Tom Jones (school choir in England)
Lou Rawls (church choir)
Phil Vassar (James Madison University)
Andy Williams (church choir)
Tori Amos (Peabody Conservatory)
Amy Lee (Pulaski Academy - Little Rock, AR)
Jennifer Lewis (church choir)
Wayne Brady (Dr. Phillips High School - Orlando?)

I got all these from their biographies on Internet Movie Database. I
searched for Choir or Chorus in the Bios Section.


W. Thomas Rickman
Choral Director
Harrison Jr. High School - Harrison, AR
(870)741-8503 - office
trickman(a)gobs.k12.ar.us




on September 16, 2006 8:49am
This is fun.
I checked in with members of the Dessoff Choirs. They came up with:

Alan M. Dershowitz sang in the Moshe Koussevitsky Symphonic Cantorial Choir.
Bobby Unser, famous Indianapolis 500 race-car driver, sang in his
high-school glee club in Albuquerque.
J. Carter Brown, director of the National Gallery, sang in the Harvard Glee
Club.

-Christine Hoffman
ch.hoffman(a)verizon.net




on September 16, 2006 8:51am
Opera tenor Richard Leech attendended my high school 10 years before me where he recieved his start in singing in the select choir.

Craig




Craig C. Hawkins
Teacher, Conductor, Composer/Arranger
Tenor and Violinist
Director of The Celebration Choir
Our Saviour Lutheran Church
Endwell, New York
MusicCndctr(a)yahoo.com

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on September 16, 2006 8:52am
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf... From the Wikipedia Bio:

After attending Valley Forge Military Academy, Gen. Schwarzkopf attended the United States Military Academy, where he graduated 42nd in his class in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. While at West Point, he played on the football team, wrestled, sang, and conducted the chapel choir.


Robert Reck
reckeuph(a)sbcglobal.net





on September 16, 2006 9:01am
Mezzo soprano Stephanie Blythe sang in my high school choir before
going on to sing at the MET, Covent Garden, etc, etc...

Martin





Martin Banner
mbanner(a)hvc.rr.com




on September 16, 2006 9:01am
Dear Talkers,

Is someone doing a final compilation of these names? I hope so. Quite a list.

Best wishes,

Steve Barnett
BarMusProd(a)aol.com





on September 16, 2006 9:03am
I have followed this thread with interest and now find myself wondering how
many "famous or infamous" men have sung in boy choir programs? If you have
any knowledge about this, I would love to hear!

Bill Adams
Founder/Artistic Director
The Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas
www.fbbctx.org
wra(a)fbbctx.org




on September 16, 2006 9:28am
While I don't know where he might have sung "in school" I do know that
Stephen Jay Gould (paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, science
historian, and all-around fabulous writer of essays) was a loyal bass in
the Boston Cecilia. www.bostoncecilia.org/

Mark Gresham
mgresham(a)luxnova.com

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on September 17, 2006 4:48am
Here are two famous male athletes that sang in choir:

Terry Bradshaw
Walter Payton

--
Brad Hayashi
brad.hayashi(a)gmail.com




on September 17, 2006 3:40pm
On Sep 15, 2006, at 9:37 PM, Robert Reck wrote:

> General H. Norman Schwarzkopf... From the Wikipedia Bio:
>
> While at West Point, he played on the football team, wrestled,
> sang, and conducted the chapel choir.

And whose aunt was none other than Elizabeth Schwarzkopf.

Douglas Neslund
justusla(a)mac.com




on September 17, 2006 4:25pm
On Sep 16, 2006, at 11:02 AM, William R.Adams wrote:

> I have followed this thread with interest and now find myself
> wondering how
> many "famous or infamous" men have sung in boy choir programs? If
> you have
> any knowledge about this, I would love to hear!

A fine listing of "famous" men who were once choirboys may be found
by googling "Boychoir - Past, Present and Future" then choosing
"Library" then "General History" and finally, "Choirboys in History."

I have no idea why you would want the "infamous" sort!

Douglas Neslund
justusla(a)mac.com




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