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Town Singers Join Queen Latifah at Super Bowl

Liza Hecht

Sunday, February 2, 2014 • 10:04pm

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Advanced Chorus of the New Jersey Youth Chorus, including twelve girls, from Millburn-Short Hills raised their voices to sing America the Beautiful with Queen Latifah at MetLife Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday. 

After being contacted last week with the exciting invitation, Trish Joyce, the Artistic Director and Founder of the Chorus, had to keep it a secret while the choristers gathered for their standard Monday rehearsal.  The good news was delivered during rehearsal with an invitation from Queen Latifah herself, via Skype.  The clip will be on The Queen Latifah Show on Friday, January 31.  The Advanced Chorus was selected from among nearly two dozen other choirs that were considered for the honor.

The local choristers are Sophia Fernandez-Poyatos, Rachel Rubinstein, Caroline Casey, Ambika Chetal, Sophia Fanelle, Arielle Kasnetz, Anya Parker-Lentz, Kate Parker-Lentz, Simran Sawhney, Sarah Burn, Eloise Burn and Leah Green.

The whirlwind week began with the tremendous honor of recording three of internationally-known composer Randall Stroope’s music, with the composer in attendance.  Dr. Stroope, who personally extended the invitation to the NJ Youth Chorus, is Director of Vocal and Choral Activities at Oklahoma State University, and is one of the most active choral conductors and composers today.   In addition to performing at the Super Bowl itself, the Chorus will also perform on Super Bowl Boulevard in Times Square on Friday evening.  They will be singing songs from the Great American Song Book, including A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, by Manning Sherwin, Clap Yo’ Hands and I Got Rhythm, by George Gershwin, Harry Warren’s Lullaby of Broadway, Jerome Kern’s Just the Way You Look Tonight, and God Bless America, by Irving Berlin. 

In addition to performing at the Super Bowl itself, the Chorus also performed on Super Bowl Boulevard in Times Square on Friday evening.  They sang songs from the Great American Song Book, including A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square by Manning Sherwin, Clap Yo’ Hands and I Got Rhythm by George Gershwin, Harry Warren’s Lullaby of Broadway, Jerome Kern’s Just the Way You Look Tonight, and God Bless America by Irving Berlin. 

For further information, visit the website at www.njyouthchorus.org or call (973) 998-5670. 

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