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May 1, 2014

NT choir students touring NYC

Tonawanda News — Students in North Tonawanda’s Bella Voce and Jacks and Jills choirs left for New York City this morning to spend a weekend touring one of the best cities in the world for music and the performing arts.

In an effort to not only share the talents of the school’s singers, but to also expose them to the real life performance industry, Dean Vallas, the school’s director of choruses, said the students have worked really hard and are prepared to show the Big Apple what North Tonawanda is made of. 

“I think there’s so much more to learn outside of the classroom,” Vallas said. “For these kids to be able to travel to a major metropolitan area and learn about music and big cities and the social aspects of that, is important.”

The two choirs going on the NYC trip are both considered to be advanced groups, only sophomores, juniors and seniors may audition. Bella Voce is an all girls choir and Jacks and Jills is a composed of both. The two groups will perform a selection of songs both separately and combined. The songs range in genre from sacred music to spiritual music to music in foreign languages.  

The students departed the school shortly after 6 a.m. this morning. The action-packed schedule starts with a pit stop in Hoboken, N.J., home of Carlo’s Bakery, the subject of hit TLC reality show, “Cake Boss,” which several students mentioned being fans of.

They’ll finish off the evening with a New York Harbor dinner cruise aboard the Spirit of New York. Friday morning will take the group to St. John the Divine Cathedral to give a performance and tour one of the world’s largest churches.

Their second and final performance in the city will take them back to the harbor to perform at the iconic Statue of Liberty. Then they will board the bus heading back to North Tonawanda High School at 2 p.m.

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