Cass Middle chorus N.Y.-bound
by Mark Andrews
Mar 25, 2014 | 1909 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cass Middle School chorus instructor Teresa Gray on Monday conducts a practice. On Wednesday, the chorus will leave for to perform with the National Middle School Choir at Carnegie Hall in New York City. MARK ANDREWS/The Daily Tribune News
Cass Middle School chorus instructor Teresa Gray on Monday conducts a practice. On Wednesday, the chorus will leave for to perform with the National Middle School Choir at Carnegie Hall in New York City. MARK ANDREWS/The Daily Tribune News
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Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade members of Cass Middle School’s chorus this week will travel to New York City to perform with the National Middle School Choir at Carnegie Hall. Leaving Wednesday and returning on Monday, March 31, the CMS students will see the sights of NYC while also being exposed to a learning experience led by clinician and arranger Rollo Dilworth.

“We participated in Heritage Festival last year in Washington, D.C. Our band and chorus won the Spirit of D.C. award given to the group that exhibited the best character, behavior and spirit of competition. Our chorus won our division and was invited to participate in the National Middle School Choir at Carnegie Hall,” chorus director Teresa Gray said. “... While in New York, the students will visit the 911 Memorial, Trinity Church, St. Paul’s Chapel, the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, Time’s Square, the Brooklyn Tabernacle, the Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Empire State Building, see the musical ‘Wicked’ and perform in Carnegie Hall.”

She said Dilworth, who serves as chair for music education and music therapy at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance, specializes in spirituals and the group will be singing a couple of his arrangements.

According to his biography on www.temple.edu, “A frequent presenter at local, state, regional and national conferences, Dilworth has conducted 29 all-state choirs at various levels (elementary, middle school, high school), and has conducted 5 regional honor choirs and 3 national honor choirs (ADCA and OAKE). He has appeared as guest conductor for international choral festivals in Canada, England, China, Italy, and Australia.”

The group will perform selections by Dilworth such as “The Dream Keeper” by Langston Hughes, “Sing with the Lark” by Laura Farnell, “Sanctus” by Antonio Salieri and “The Cuckoo” by Robert Hugh.

For an update on the trip, read The Daily Tribune News the week of April 1.