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McHenry High School choir to return to Carnegie Hall

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 12:53 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 1:10 a.m. CDT
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Sarah Nader - snader@shawmedia.com McHenry High School choir director Derek Galvicius leads students in a recent rehearsal Thursday, March 16, 2017. The group will perform for the second time at Carnegie Hall in New York on March 27.
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Sarah Nader – snader@shawmedia.com Darby McAlpin (center), 17, sings during a rehearsal Thursday at McHenry West High School. The McHenry High School choir, comprised of both East and West students, will perform March 27 for the second time at Carnegie Hall in New York.
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Sarah Nader – snader@shawmedia.com Micaela Lay, 16, of McHenry sings during a rehearsal Thursday at McHenry West High School. The choir will perform March 27 for the second time at Carnegie Hall in New York.

McHENRY – McHenry High School choir students are heading back to New York’s Carnegie Hall later this month for the second time in two years.

McHenry students performed at Carnegie Hall in 2015 alongside the Carthage College choir and were led by internationally acclaimed director Eduardo Garcia-Novelli.

Derek Galvicius, director of the McHenry High School choir, said he thought 2015 would be the last time his group would be invited.

Then he got another invitation.

“It seems we’ve made an impression on the people of Carnegie from our trip two years ago,” Galvicius said. “And it must have been that impression and seeing the students’ hard work that they wanted to give us the honor of having our own time on stage.”

About 80 students from McHenry High School District 156 will leave for New York on Friday and will perform at the historic concert venue March 27. The choir is made up of both McHenry East and West students, and the trip will cost about $1,650 for each participating choir member.

The McHenry High School choir first will sing five a cappella pieces on its own, and then will perform a 25-minute piece called “Coronation Mass,” originally composed by Mozart, with a mass choir.

“We have such a talented group here,” Galvicius said. “The songs chosen were ones students voted on that they thought were most powerful to perform on a stage like Carnegie.”

McHenry West seniors Jared Warden and Joe King performed at Carnegie as sophomores and will be going again this year.

“I’m excited. I think this will be a real chance to show how much we’ve improved from the past few years,” said Warden, who has been in choir since he was in sixth grade. “We work very hard every day to push forward and achieve everything that we have. We really earned this from our hard work.”

King said that every person going on the trip next week has been “all in” in preparing for the March 27 performance.

“It really was a phenomenal experience to sing at Carnegie, and I think that this time it will be a little bit more special,” he said. “This time being alone on stage is really a great opportunity for us, and we’re going to shine on that stage.”

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