Choir Director Aaron Tombrella and the Prosper High School Choral Department have been invited by Distinguished Concerts International New York City to participate on the DCINY Concert Series next spring in New York City as part of The King’s Singers Reunion Concert.
The choir’s performance at Carnegie Hall will take place Sunday, April 22, 2018. They will join other choristers to form the Distinguished Concerts Singers International, a choir of distinction. Conductors Bob Chilcott and Simon Carrington will lead the performance and will serve as the clinician for the residency. Jonathan Griffith, artistic director and principal conductor for DCINY, said the Prosper High School Choral Department received the invitation because of the quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers, as well as the exceptional quality of their audition recording.
“It is quite an honor just to be invited to perform in New York,” Griffith said. “These wonderful musicians not only represent a high quality of music and education, but they also become ambassadors for the entire community. This is an event of extreme pride for everybody and deserving of the community’s recognition and support.”
Tombrella and his choir will be spending five days and four nights in New York City preparing for their concert during nine- or ten-hours rehearsals.
“Not all of the time is spent in rehearsals, since there is so much history and culture to see in New York City,” Griffith said. “However, the performance is the primary purpose for their visit to the city.”
Tombrella said he is proud that the school put their trust in him during his first year directing the choir at Prosper High School and allowed him to steer them in this direction and motivate them to get there and sing as well as they did.
“What we sang for this recording, I told them to leave our experience on the stage and sing their hearts out,” Tombrella said. “And they did. And I think that that’s what’s shown through in the recording that they heard and quite possibly why they chose us as one of the participants of this event.”
He said they will begin preparing for the April performance starting this summer by getting the students to begin listening to the nine pieces they will be performing and when the next school year starts they will begin their rehearsals.
“We’re hoping that by mid-March we’ll be able to sing through them pretty confidently and then rehearse with the conductors in New York,” Tombrella said.
Nicholas Hambly, a junior at Prosper High School and member of the choir, said this is a great opportunity and he’s excited about the once-in-a-lifetime experience of performing at Carnegie Hall and to perform with many other choirs.
“I’m most proud of everyone’s attitude, including myself, because it can be pretty dawning at some points, to rehearse nine songs while having so much going on throughout the year,” Hambly said. “Everyone here is so motivated, we’re all very dedicated and it’s so impressive to me how much everyone cares. I’m very proud of our choir.”