Once again, the Syosset High School Chamber Singers serenaded visitors to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City for the holiday season.
Each year, choral director and Chamber Singers director, Kristin Howell provides a recording for admission into the St. Patrick's Cathedral Guest Choir Concert Series, open to the public throughout the year. This year, the auditioned chamber group comprised of 10, 11 and 12th graders, performed an eclectic and challenging a cappella program of more than 14 songs during the December 19 concert. Highlights included Michael John Trotta's, "Veni, Veni Emmanuel" and Dolly Parton's "Light of a Clear Blue Morning" along with holiday favorites "Adeste Fideles" and "Joy to the World.”
Three Syosset High School percussionists and a flute player accompanied the choir on different selections. “We have been performing at this historic venue since I started teaching in the district in 2000, when I sent my first recording submission,” said Howell. “We were accepted without hesitation and now I consider it tradition!” Prior to making the trip into Manhattan, the Chamber Singers spent the better part of their morning spreading holiday cheer locally. They sang to patients at St. Joseph Hospital in Bethpage, walking through the halls singing as they were met with smiles from their audience.
“The experience of students sharing their talents through choral music is a memory these young adults take with them for life,” added Howell, who noted that several chamber group alumni were in the audience at St. Patrick’s for this year’s performances. “It was an incredible day filled with incredible music.”