Toano Middle School choir has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall as part of the Distinguished Choirs International of New York. A YouTube video of Toano Middle school choir was seen by an employee in New York City then the video was reviewed by the artistic director of this event at Carnegie Hall. Mrs. Hart choral director at Toano middle school was contacted via email, one additional audition tape later the invitation became an astonishing reality. Toano was one of only a few choirs across North America who were invited to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime event what an amazing recognition! In June 2017 the choir students will step on the stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City and this collaborative event to perform music by composer and conductor Francisco J. Nunez. The concert will consist of compositions/arrangements by Mr. Nunez, who will serve as both the conductor and the teacher for this event. Mr. Nunez is the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship presented to individuals for their exceptional originality and and dedication to their creative pursuits is a composer and conductor visionary leading figure in music education and the artistic director of the youth people's chorus of New York City. Mr. Nunez founded the Youth People's chorus in 1988 to provide children of all ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds with a safe haven for personal and artists growth. In 2011, YPC was presented with the Nation's Highest Honor for youth programs, a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. Toano Middle School is currently raising funds for this once in a lifetime event.
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