Hancock County Children's Choir performs at Carnegie Hall

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The Hancock County Children’s Choir was treated to the thrill of a lifetime Saturday night when they received a standing ovation from a full house at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall.

The choir participated in Mid America Productions Treble Choir Festival and was accompanied by the New England Symphonic Orchestra. Mrs. Ruth Dwyer, Associate Conductor of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, served as Guest Conductor.

Mrs. Dwyer selected the program, including Rodgers and Hammerstein’s "It’s a Grand Night for Singing" and Mozart’s "Laudamus te." The Memorial Day holiday was also acknowledged with "Honor" and a medley of "America the Beautiful" and "We are a People."

After receiving the invitation last fall to sing at Carnegie Hall, students, parents and choir staff began what would become a successful fundraising program thanks to the generous support of the community.

Students and chaperones arrived in New York on Wednesday, and immediately began daily four-hour rehearsals.

Mrs. Dwyer praised the Hancock County Children’s Choir members for their enthusiasm, vocal skills and leadership.

When the choir wasn’t rehearsing, chaperones took the students to classics like Central Park, Rockefeller Center, the Brooklyn Bridge, Grand Central Station and Times Square but they also spent an afternoon at the newly opened 9/11 Memorial and Museum and Freedom Tower.

The Hancock County Children’s Choir is a choral performance and education program that creates musical opportunities for youth through the performance of a variety of musical literature including sacred, secular, classical, pop, and cross-cultural genres of music. You can learn more about the group on their website by clicking here.