When members of Troy University’s Concert Chorale took to the stage of New York’s historic Carnegie Hall on May 25, it was the culmination of a lot of hard work in the rehearsal room, as well as raising money to make the trip. And, as the performance concluded and choir members realized the enormity of the moment, it became clear that the experience was well worth all the effort.
The 37-member ensemble worked alongside two other choirs under the direction of internationally renowned conductor and composer Dr. Eric Barnum as a part of the Distinguished Concerts International New York City presentation “The Music of Eric Barnum.”
“The trip exceeded my every expectation by leaps and bounds,” said Dr. Diane Orlofsky, conductor of the Concert Chorale. “The kids worked very hard. There was approximately 11 to 12 hours of rehearsal while we were there, we performed for a TROY alumni event and then there was a one-hour sound check. I think the kids understood the gravity of the space and realized that they were treading on musical hallowed ground. And, working with DCI New York was top notch. They really took care of us.”
Orlofsky said she had prepared the students for a “work trip.”
“The work happens in rehearsal,” she said. “As I watched them rehearsing, they became so much more invested in the music and were ready to take it to a whole different level. I know my kids and I prepare my kids, but I was stunned at the quality.
“For those who performed for the last time with the group, it was bittersweet. Those who are coming back in the fall realize that they are never going to be the same thanks to this experience. I was super proud of them. They were great ambassadors for Troy University.”
The trip also included a performance for TROY’s Greater New York Metropolitan Area Alumni Chapter.