JSerra’s Nationally Acclaimed Choirs Perform in the Big Apple

By Beverly St. Clair

Over spring break the JSerra Chamber Choir and Advanced Women’s Ensemble traveled to New York City to compete in the Elite Performance Series of the Festival at Carnegie Hall during the Festival of Gold Heritage Series. These prestigious festivals are by invitation only and designed to offer talented, award-winning ensembles the chance to celebrate musical artistry in some of the premier performance venues across the nation while competing among the best of the best.

“Last year, our Advanced Women’s Ensemble and Chamber Choir performed in the competition at the Heritage Festival in San Francisco and received the highest rating — the Gold award,” stated Andrew Alvarez, JSerra Choral Music Director. “We are proud of our talented student’s who have worked diligently to compete during this year’s prestigious Elite Performance Series for The National International Music Festival in New York City.”

Only twenty-five of the nation’s finest music groups have been invited to perform in this exclusive event. In addition to individual festival performances, all ensembles will perform together in a Gala Encore Concert. Festival performances and the Encore Concert are being held in some of the city’s most breathtaking settings, including St. Bartholomew’s Church and the beautiful and acoustically renowned Riverside Church.

“This great honor reflects the talented work from our nationally acclaimed JSerra Choral Department,” noted Tom Waszak, Principal, JSerra Catholic High School. “We take tremendous pride in the remarkable accomplishments of our choral department and the support from our families and community to help foster these opportunities to compete nationally. These festivals include adjudicators who are among the very best in the country, ensuring our students have a superior educational experience.”

Winners of this year’s performances will be announced at Saturday evening, April 10 during the award’s ceremony in New York City. Along with the opportunity to study at clinics this week and perform among the top ensembles, the JSerra Catholic choral student’s are enjoying organized tours of New York City which included visiting the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island, the Empire State Building, a Broadway show, the floor of the NY Stock Exchange, Central Park, Times Square and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“The “Big Apple” is home to some of the greatest musical expressions on the planet and the cultural diversity of New York City makes it an remarkable Festival destination,” added Mr. Waszak. “Dedicated to excellence, our love for music and enriching the lives our of talented students is the reason we compete in the Festivals. We are extremely proud of the exemplary work of our dedicated choir students — and our Choral Department team — and their award-winning accomplishments that garnered the invitation to perform at this prestigious Festival in New York City.”