It is often said that “music makes the world go `round.” The Muscatine Community College (MCC) concert choir isn’t going around the world, but they are going to New York City to perform live at Carnegie Hall on April 11, 2016.
Jan Phillips, MCC alumna, has been the MCC choir director since 1996. She says this is a wonderful experience for choir members to be singing live on stage in one of the world’s most famous music venues. Approximately 16 to 18 students along with seven to eight adults will be traveling to New York this spring to get a taste of the Big Apple.
Phillips is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, which invited the choir to submit an audition tape for a chance to secure a spot at the Masterworks Festival Chorus held specifically for two-year colleges. Along with other college students from around the country, MCC’s choir members will be belting out pieces by Franz Schubert including Magnificat, D. 486, Stabat Mater in G-Minor, D. 175, and Offertory: Intende voci, D. 963. Nationally renowned guest conductor, Richard Bjella, will be leading the 100+ students.
A previous group of MCC concert choir students performed at Carnegie Hall in February 2014. This is a new group of students going in April. These trips provide a new experience for incoming choir students. Choir members will be in New York April 8 – 12, allowing for ample time to take in the sights and sounds of the big city, famous for Broadway plays, museums and music venues, before taking the stage at Carnegie Hall.
Taylor Longstreth, MCC freshman, is ecstatic about the upcoming trip to New York. Longstreth, graduate of and former choir member at Louisa-Muscatine High School, said she is “so excited to be a part of this performance and to actually be able to sing at Carnegie Hall. So many famous people have been there, including professional singers on that stage” — the exact same stage Longstreth will be singing on in the very near future.
The MCC concert choir has been in existence since the school was founded in 1929. The two year college provides not only a variety of classes and professional trades, but an opportunity for students to be a part of those things that inspire them most. The choir is open to any student wishing to join. Phillips strives to encourage growth and inspiration in all of her students. Phillips says “Any student, no matter their singing experience, has the opportunity to be a part of the MCC choir. And, what better way to create inspiration than performing under the lights at Carnegie Hall, one of the most prestigious music halls of all time?”
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