For Immediate Release
March 7, 2013
Midway, KY- Midway College students will soon be center stage at the renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Midway College Chorale was selected to participate in a mass choral performance of John Rutter's Requiem on Sunday, March 17 at 8:30 p.m.
The College will send a group of 31 (26 performers) to New York City for five days to attend rehearsals and perform at the Sunday evening concert , in the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie. Midway College singers will be joined with students from Dallas Baptist University of Dallas, Texas; Albuquerque Academy Upper School Chorus of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and West Milford High School Concert Choir of West Milford, New Jersey.
The Chorale has been preparing for this trip since they received notice of the invitation in spring 2012. The Midway College Chorale program has been a staple at the College for many years, but had seen numbers dwindle in the early 2000s. The group had shrunk to 5 singers when Dr. Johnie Dean took over in 2006-7. Now 30+ strong in number, the College offers choral scholarships to women who wish to attend Midway and continue their love of singing throughout their college experience. Jill Campbell currently serves as the chorale director for this group going to New York.
"This is a momentous occasion in the history of Midway College. Never before has the school had a group involved in such a dynamic undertaking. Another milestone is that many of these students have never sung with a professional orchestra. Though this involved a huge amount of extra effort, it will be something students will treasure throughout their lives," according to Dr. Johnie Dean, VP and Dean of Enrollment.
The performers will sing the Requiem composed by John Rutter and will be conducted by guest conductor, Dr. Stephen Holcomb of Dallas Baptist University; the mass choir will be accompanied by the New England Symphonic Ensemble.
Along with the rehearsal and performance in the historic Carnegie Hall, the students will get to visit Grand Central Station, attend "The Lion King" Broadway musical and enjoy a dinner cruise of the New York Harbor and view the Statue of Liberty, as well as other opportunities while in New York. Some even plan to join the group outside Rockefeller Center for the televised morning edition of the 'Today Show' on NBC.
Ellen Gregory, Vice President of Marketing & Communications
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