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Princeton Girl choir for weekend concert series
This weekend, the Princeton Girlchoir from Princeton, USA will perform in a series of concerts with some of the country’s leading choirs.
The Princeton Girlchoir is the Princeton area’s premier training and performance choir for girls, with over 200 choristers. A release from Classical Movements, the promoters of the concerts said the choir presents music from a wide array of genres, conductors and composers.
Directed by Lynnel Joy Jenkins, the ensemble will perform at Mt St Benedict, the Little Carib Theatre, and Fatima College Concert Hall. The organisers have promised that the tour will be an unforgettable experience, and audiences will be treated to evenings of hauntingly beautiful music with a repertoire that consists of music from around the world.
The Princeton Girlchoir is a family of six choirs, beginning with third-graders and including girls through their high-school years. Choristers from towns throughout Central New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania come together each week from September through May to rehearse, and they perform some four to 20 concerts throughout the year, depending upon their choir level. The Touring Choir is comprised of the group’s most advanced singers, performing sophisticated and demanding music in a broad spectrum of venues, travelling within the US and abroad for performance tours that have taken them from Canada to the Czech Republic.
Some of the Princeton Girlchoir’s notable performances include the swearing-in ceremony for New Jersey Congressman Rush Holt in Washington, DC in 2011; singing in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center with Yo-Yo Ma and the American Boychoir in the North American Premiere of Tan Dun’s Symphony 1997; and as guest choir at the American Boychoir’s National Choral Conference.
Artistic director Lynnel Joy Jenkins is in her fourth year of leading the Princeton Girlchoir. She is also the choral teacher at the Timberlane Middle School of the Hopewell Valley Regional School District in Pennington, New Jersey. Prior to these appointments, Jenkins served as graduate assistant for the music education department at the University of Arizona in Tucson. In this capacity she conducted the University of Arizona’s High School Outreach Choir, supervised student teachers, taught undergraduate music education courses including choral, secondary, and elementary methods.
Jenkins is a choral conductor and music educator of international stature, having lectured and conducted in China, Hong Kong, Iceland, and South Africa.
Concert schedule for Princeton Girlchoir
JULY 4: With Bishop Anstey High School Choir, conducted by Lorraine Granderson and The Lydians, conducted by Victor Prescod. VENUE: Mt St Benedict, St Augustine. TIME: 7.30 pm. ADMISSION: Free • For information contact Lorraine Granderson via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JULY 5: Performing at Divas Live with the Eastern Youth Chorale, conducted by John Thomas and featuring soloists Inge Schluer, Kay Alleyne, Lilian Lopez and Glenda Collens. VENUE: Little Carib Theatre, corner White and Robert Streets, Woodbrook, Port-of-Spain. TIME: 7.30 pm. ADMISSION: $200
• For ticketing and other information contact 335-1649.
JULY 6: Performing at May the Music Live On with the Fatima College Senior Choir, conducted by Kwasi Noel. VENUE: Fatima College Hall, Mucurapo Rd, Port-of-Spain
TIME: 5 pm. ADMISSION: $100
• For ticketing and other information contact 622-4121.
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