Churchville-Chili HS Concert Choir to perform at NYSSMA Winter Conference

By on October 2, 2017
Director Erik Reinhart and the Churchville-Chili Concert Choir rehearse in preparation for their performance at the NYSSMA Winter Conference. Provided photo

Director Erik Reinhart and the Churchville-Chili Concert Choir rehearse in preparation for their performance at the NYSSMA Winter Conference. Provided photo

The New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) has invited the Churchville-Chili Concert Choir to perform for its 82nd annual Winter Conference on December 2. The concert will be held at the Rochester Convention Center at 9:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public. Attendees will be treated to the premier of an original musical composition created for the choir by promising young composer Nathan Jones. Churchville-Chili senior Gabe Algarin will also perform with the All-State Mixed Chorus, directed by David Fryling from Hofstra University on December 3.

“Being invited to perform a composition expressly written for our voices at such a prestigious conference is an honor,” said senior Shelby Ennis, a choir officer for the group. “It was incredibly generous of our Music Boosters organization to fund the commission.”

“We’re all very excited,” said choir vice president and senior Jaylah Wilson. “We’ll perform a repertoire of pieces that highlight the diversity of our group – from Mozart and ballads to a Cuban folk song.”

Senior Gabe Algarin will represent Churchville-Chili in the NYSSMA All-State Mixed Chorus in December. Provided photo

Senior Gabe Algarin will represent Churchville-Chili in the NYSSMA All-State Mixed Chorus in December. Provided photo

“This is a huge privilege for our choir and a credit to our school,” said Director Erik Reinhart. “Very few groups have been selected for inclusion in the conference concert program. This is a chance for our 52 exceptional vocalists to shine in front of an audience of hundreds of music educators from across the state.”

This is the second time Churchville-Chili High School musicians have been featured at the conference. Last year, the Wind Ensemble, directed by Kevin Mead, was selected to perform.

Several of the choir’s concerts from last year were professionally recorded, and they plan to record additional performances this year. The collected recordings will be released on CD in the spring of 2018.

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