Assemblymember Cahill Lauds Kingston High School Choir after Capitol Building Performance

Award-winning ensemble has performed at Carnegie Hall
March 8, 2010

Albany – Assemblymember Kevin A. Cahill (D-Ulster, Dutchess) today welcomed the Kingston High School Choir to Albany as part of Music in Our Schools Month (MIOSM.) The Choir turned passers-by into fans with their performance in the South Concourse of the Empire State Plaza, where Assemblymember Cahill was there to cheer them on.

“I have been privileged to attend numerous performances over the years by Kingston High Choir and have always been immensely impressed by the talent of these young people,” said Assemblymember Cahill. “It gives me great satisfaction to be able to share their voices with my colleagues and the thousands of people who pass through the Concourse.”

The Choir dazzled their audience with selections such as “Mi’kmaq Honor Song,” “Let Everything That Hath Breath” and “The Lord Bless You and Keep You.” They also performed Three American Lyrics which includes the songs “Fiddler Man,” “Soldier Boy,” and “The Terrible Tale of Tom Gilligan.”

March is designated “Music in Our Schools Month” by The National Association for Music Education (MENC) and the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) to promote music education in schools across the nation. MIOSM began as a single statewide celebration in 1973, and has grown over the decades into a month-long celebration of secondary school music.

The Kingston High School Choir is a select organization comprised of 70 singers who perform a demanding repertoire. All students involved in the Choir have studied voice for a minimum of two years, and must meet rigorous standards to remain in the group. The Choir travels extensively and has performed at Carnegie Hall. Members regularly perform in regional, All-State, and All-Eastern ensembles.

“I want to congratulate each and every choir member, as well as director Lawrence Lohman, who deserves special mention for the dedication and professionalism he brings to the podium,” added Assemblymember Cahill.