Members of the Mount Notre Dame Choir and Theatre Programs traveled to New York City March 30 – April 3 to participate in the 2022 Choirs of America Festival where they performed at legendary Carnegie Hall.
The trip provided a unique enrichment experience for MND’s Performing Arts programs, allowing students to meet and talk with professional conductors and actors. The group worked with Dr. Rollo Dillworth who conducted the concert at Carnegie Hall and Dr. James John from Queens College who worked with the choir in a workshop following an adjudicated performance. Students participated in a Broadway 101 workshop with actor Dave Thomas Brown, who has multiple credits on Broadway. Finally, students attended a Broadway musical live at the Schoenfeld Theatre.
While in the city, the group also had the opportunity to sight-see, visiting Times Square, Rockefeller Plaza, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, 1 World Trade, the 9/11 Memorial and China Town.
“This was an amazing opportunity for our young women to sing with students from all over the country in world-renowned Carnegie Hall while working with a world-renowned conductor and arranger,” expressed Mrs. Elizabeth Venia, MND Performing Arts Department Chairperson.
MND’s Performing Arts Department provides students with dynamic programs and experiences. Vocal music opportunities include three unique choirs – Chorale, MND Singers and Show Choir. MND Theatre is an education-based, no-cut program that offers five performances each year with students managing all the technical components as well as set design/building. Additional performing arts programs offered at MND include band, color guard and dance.