Paseo Academy Choir Performs at New York’s Famed Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall at night (www.carnegiehall.org)

After months of preparation, the Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts Chamber Choir traveled to New York City last month to perform in the venerated concert venue Carnegie Hall.

They were invited to perform as part of the National Youth Chorus with peers from around the country for WorldStrides’ Festival at Carnegie Hall. The choir performed six pieces, including Rosephanye Powell’s “Still I Rise.”

Twenty members of the choir program participated in the experience. This is the first choir from Paseo Academy to perform in Carnegie Hall. The chamber choir is directed by Willie Thornton, who is in his sixth year with Paseo Academy.

Along with their performance in the famed Stern Auditorium, their trip to New York included rehearsals and sightseeing opportunities. For some of the students, this was their first time on an airplane or outside Missouri. The trip was partially funded with support from the community.

Libby Hanssen

Originally from Indiana, Libby Hanssen covers the performing arts in Kansas City. She is the author of States of Swing: The History of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, 2003-2023. Along with degrees in trombone performance, Libby was a Fellow for the NEA Arts Journalism Institute at Columbia University. She maintains the culture bog "Proust Eats a Sandwich."

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