Claire Leyden and Sunhwa Reiner, seniors at and members of the Treble Makers women’s chorus, will be performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City on April 1, 2012, at 8:30 p.m., under the direction of world famous Choral Conductor/composer Eric Whitacre. They will be singing the works of Eric Whitacre himself, as part of the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) concert series.
The girls submitted audition tapes to DCINY, and were selected from among the many applicants to participate in this concert. The choir of 275 individuals is composed mainly of high school groups, and it is unusual for individual high school students to be selected to perform. Hen Hud is privileged to have two such students.
“This is a tremendous honor for both of them,” said high school chorus director Erica Denler. “It has been a year of outstanding musical achievements for Claire and Sunhwa, and I can’t think of a better way of rounding out the year with a performance at CARNEGIE HALL! “
Claire and Sunhwa, as well as fellow senior Treble Maker Clarice Mayo, recently participated in the Honor Choir at the American Choral Directors Eastern Regional Conference held in Providence, Rhode Island. All three girls were part of the Latino Repertoire Honor Choir, under the direction of conductor and composer Juan Tony Guzman. This was the first time the conference sponsored a choir dedicated to Latino repertoire, and the choir’s polished performance on February 18 was a joyful celebration of this wonderful musical tradition. All three girls, who were selected by audition for this choir, spent four days rehearsing with other students from as far away as Maine and Maryland, and had an opportunity to hear other illustrious choirs perform.
“To sit in the audience and watch Clarice, Sunhwa and Claire sing amongst some of the best high school singers from the entire East coast was one of the proudest moments of my teaching career,” said Mrs. Denler. “I couldn't be happier for these young women. The experience they had singing with this group and under such an amazing conductor is something they will remember for the rest of their lives. It is truly a life changing experience. “