Leesville’s advanced choral ensemble, Capital Pride, has been selected to perform at Carnegie Hall on February 13.
Unlike many choral ensembles that pay to perform annually at the prestigious auditorium, the ensemble was chosen by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute to sing in The National High School Choral Festival.
Capital Pride and another ensemble from York, Pennsylvania were the only groups chosen from across the nation to participate in the program, and will spend a full week in New York City to rehearse in choral workshops.
The Carnegie Hall National High School Choral Festival will be guided by Dr. Norman Mackenzie, the Atlanta Symphonies’ Director of Choruses.
In January, Mackenzie will visit Capital Pride to guide the ensemble through a 5 to 6 hour rehearsal of the Berlioz Requiem.
“The Berlioz Requiem is advanced and challenging, but worth it,” said Tessa Kroninger, senior, of the lengthy score.
Capital Pride members are excited about their week in New York, but feel a little uneasy about the price.
“A week in New York is a little intense for everyone financially, but I think we are all going to step it up with fundraisers this year,” said Sarah Little, junior.
Diane Covington, choral director, has warned everyone about the complicated score.
“They know what is expected, and we’re going to have to buckle down, but I am very optimistic about this new ensemble of musicians,” she said.