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Patrick Henry Bel Canto Ensemble Sings at Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall Patrick Henry High's Bel Canto Ensemble recently performed with the National Youth Honor Choir at Carnegie Hall in New York City, joining eight other schools from around North America.

Patrick Henry Choir Director Carol Fleming said the students were conducted by Dr. Lynne Gackle, Associate Professor of Ensembles and Associate Director of Choral Activities at Baylor University. The concert featured a variety of music, including the full Mozart "Te Deum" with string quartet.

"Our Henry Patriots had the experience of working with a diverse group of student musicians to create beautiful music and to put the final artistic touches on each song," said Fleming. "It was truly a group effort."

The Bel Canto competed in a Field Studies International program to reach Carnegie Hall, with the choir submitting a CD for judges' consideration.

The Bel Canto have 32 members in grades 9-12. The March 18 performance is the third time this Patrick Henry advanced choir has performed at Carnegie Hall.

While in New York, the students also visited the Metropolitan Museum, Ellis Island, 9/11 Memorial and saw "How to Succeed in Business" and "Newsies" on Broadway.

For more information on the choir, contact Fleming at cfleming@sandi.net.