Concorde Vocal Ensemble in Carnegie Hall
Date: February 8, 2011
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Choir type: Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
The Concorde Vocal Ensemble, consisting of 40 members of the York County (PA) Senior Honors Choir, has been selected as one of two high school groups chosen from a nationwide competition to perform in the National High School Choral Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. The group will be performing the "Requiem", Op. 5 by Hector Berlioz with members of the Atlanta Symphony Chorus, the Carnegie Hall Festival Choir and the Orchestra of St. Luke's under the direction of Robert Spano, the conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The chorus will be prepared by Norman Mackenzie, the Director of Choruses for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall commemorates twenty years of Robert Shaw's Carnegie Hall Choral Workshop with an intensive six-day anniversary workshop from February 8–13, exploring Berlioz’s Requiem. For the first time in the Workshop’s history, Carnegie Hall has invited two high school choirs that were selected as participants in the Weill Music Institute’s biennial National High School Choral Festival, to participate in the Choral Workshop this year, giving them the unique opportunity to train with some of today’s top choral professionals and conductors. The high school choirs performing at this year’s anniversary workshop and concert are The Concorde Vocal Ensemble of the York County Senior Honors Choir of York County, Pennsylvania and Capital Pride of Leesville Road High School in Raleigh, North Carolina,
The Concorde Vocal Ensemble is a community choir comprised of high school singers in grades 10 through 12 from fifteen different York County, PA school districts and home-schooled students. The members of Concorde are chosen by audition and represent their schools as some of the best young musicians in York County.
The York County Honors Choirs’ roots date back to 1997, when a single choir of high school students from across York County, PA was formed to allow them to participate in the county’s 250th anniversary celebration. Now, thirteen years later, there are two main choirs and two smaller performance groups all of which are made up of students from across York County in grades 7 to 12. The choirs are the creations of an independent, non-profit organization that has fostered unique relationships with school districts to represent all of York County. The choirs have a mission of celebrating the county’s rich diversity through the voices of youth.
The York County Senior Honors Choir has performed major works with the York Youth Symphony, sung for President George H.W. Bush, PA Gov. Tom Ridge, performed in the United Nations and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, Canterbury Cathedral and the York Minster in England, Washington National Cathedral, and at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore.
The director of the Senior Honors Choir is Randy Yoder and the assistant director is Michal Buchanan. The president of the advisory board is Judy Simpson and Susan Boyer is the executive director. For more information about The York County Honors Choirs, please visit their website at www.honorschoir.com.