(Keene, NH) On April 12th, members of the Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs (GMYC) in grades 5-8 will be traveling to New York City for the Choristers and Elm City Singers Ensembles’ first concert tour. Inspired by the Cecilia Ensemble’s bi-annual international concert tour, the organization felt compelled to offer a performance-based travel opportunity to singers before they enter high school. This inaugural trip to NYC will mark an important milestone in GMYC history, now offering concert tours to all singers in grades 5-8 every other year.
GMYC’s first-time New York City itinerary promises a full day of performances, singing workshops, and culturally enriching experiences across Manhattan. Upon arrival in NYC, singers will have their first performance at the Rudolf Steiner School, a Waldorf school in Manhattan serving children Nursery through 12th grade, based on the principle of integrating movement, fine arts, and practical arts into their academic curriculum. GMYC will offer a performance both for the students at the school as well as the general public. At the conclusion of the performance, Rhoades will teach the singers and audience a new song that will be sung together by all.
Following the performance, singers will have time to break for lunch and walk through Central Park just in time to see the infamous cherry trees begin to blossom. This will be the first time exploring New York City for many of the ensembles’ members and offers an exciting opportunity for cultural engagement in a region so unlike many parts of southwestern New Hampshire and its surrounding areas.
Following the walk through Central Park, GMYC singers will attend a private workshop with Francisco J. Nunez, Founder and Artistic Director of the Young Peoples Chorus of New York City. Nunez is a world-renowned children’s choir director and composer who boasts over 125 national and international concerts each year with YPC’s 1,700+ members.
After the workshop, the choirs will participate in an exclusive combined choir rehearsal with YPC’s middle school aged singers. The choirs will perform for each other, exchange gifts, and sing one piece together, led by Nuñez himself.
After the combined rehearsals, singers will experience Times Square, Rockefeller Center, peek into St Patrick’s Cathedral, and have dinner together before returning home.
The Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs is able to offer this music, performance, and culturally based opportunity to Choristers and Elm City Singers through generous donations from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Putnam Foundation, Douglas Toys, and several private donors. If you would like to contribute to the GMYC NYC concert tour, donations can be made here or as a check payable to Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs with NYC Trip as the memo. All donations tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
The Grand Monadock Youth Choirs a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 1997. It is the performance-based choral music education program for young singers in our community. GMYC is based in Peterborough and Keene and serves over 100 singers from nearly 20 towns across New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont. GMYC offers professional rehearsal and performance environments that foster musical expression, a deep appreciation of music, and meaningful, lifelong friendships.