High school students perform at Carnegie Hall

On Thursday, March 23rd, 29 students from DeForest Area High School departed on a 16 hour bus ride to New York City where they participated in a three-day choral festival that concluded with a performance at the World renowned Carnegie Hall.

DAHS students before Carnegie Hall performanceThe students along with their chaperones got to experience the sights of the city, in between intense rehearsal sessions. Students were able to take in a Broadway Musical, see the city from the top of the 30 Rockefeller Skyscraper, learn about our nation’s history at The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, as well as walk the streets of New York, and sample local cuisine.

The students were part of a festival choir of 320 high school musicians. There were eight other schools participating from all over the nation. They performed a difficult set of music of various styles ranging from traditional choral pieces, to Indian Raga, to Gospel. The choir was conducted by Christopher Aspaas, director of choral activities and professor at Texas Christian University. The following students (including their grade in school) participated in this festival: Brenna Bernards (12), Sarah Bogan (12), Alex Bouska (12), Josie Brandmeier (12), Allison Durst (11), Brynn Freitag (10), Julia Hodkiewicz (11), Alexa Horkan (11), Abigail Huggins (12), Allison Jacobsen (11), Isabel Larson (10), Ariana Manghera (11), Colten McKay (12), Allison Meier (11), Grace Metzler (11), Tanner Miller (10), Isabella Oehme (11), Kylie Rogers (11), Chelsea Saldana (12), Skyeler Schroeder (11), Lynnee Schultz (12), Jade Seeley (12), Margo Skolaski (12), Maddy Smith (11), Gillian Staeven (12), Hayley Swenson (10), Kennedy West (11), and Chimeralyn White (12).

Choral director, Maggie Condon, is sure this is an experience her students will never forget. “It was an amazing trip. The students got to experience so much and they really enjoyed working with the guest conductor and learning more as choral musicians. I am very proud of the hard work they put in to get themselves to this point. As a student musician, to be able to say they performed at Carnegie Hall will be something they carry with them for the rest of their lives. I am even more proud of how they conducted themselves on this trip. They were kind, respectful, and showed immense decorum, maturity, and heart. They really represented the DeForest community with pride.”

Students performing at Carnagie Hall
Ms. Condon would like to thank the parent chaperones that came on the trip and all the help they provided to make sure the students had an excellent experience. She would also like to thank the community for supporting this trip through the various fundraisers and the area businesses that made donations towards the trip.

To see these students perform some of the selections from the New York trip, as well as put the musical skills they learned to work, make sure to come to their Spring Choral Concert on Monday, May 15th.

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