A group of 40 singers from Lower Columbia College had a memorable trip to New York last month revolving around a concert in Carnegie Hall.

The singers joined other choirs from around the country to perform Vivaldi’s “Gloria” May 11 in the famous concert hall.

“They were all so grateful for the opportunity and made it a point to tell me several times a day… especially on concert day,” choir director Gina Challed said in an email. “I had several students come up to me crying after the concert (and even before), either with excitement at this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, or just moved by the beauty of it all.”

The group was in rehearsal or performance four hours a day for three of the five days and traveled a good part of the other two days. “It felt like a frenzy, but we still found time to take in some sights,” Challed said. Several people saw Broadway shows or the filming of national TV shows.

On the first day, much of the group took a boat ride to Ellis Island to see the Statue of Liberty and the choir sang the national anthem at the top.

Six other choirs joined the LCC singers’ performance, though the local group was the largest and had traveled the farthest to participate.

“The rehearsals were challenging and engaging and even at five hours long, there was nothing but excitement and pride from our group,” Challed said.

“The performance was, unquestionably the highlight for us all,” she said.

The Daily News, Longview, Wash.

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