By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
The Blue Mountain College Chorale performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City on May 13.
BMC Chorale Director Dr. Greg Long said it was a “life-changing” experience for his students to perform at the “world-class venue” of Carnegie Hall.
It was the first time in BMC’s history for the school’s choir to perform at Carnegie, Long added. It was an “historic event for the college and students,” and he is pleased with how well the choir performed.
They performed a seven-movement work based on Psalm 100, which says, “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the Earth.”
The piece, “Jubilate Deo,” was performed in seven languages — Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Zulu and English.
“It was a wonderful and exciting piece of music,” Long said.
Many donors helped make the trip possible, and Long is very thankful for the college’s assistance.
Thirty-seven members of the BMC Chorale performed at Carnegie Hall. They joined another choir from Tennessee Tech University, which also included a children’s and community chorus.
There were a total 160 singers between BMC and Tennessee Tech, and they were joined by a professional orchestra from New York City and two sopranos. BMC instructor Laura Long was the pianist/accompanist for the performance.
BMC instructor Sherrell Settlemires also sang in the chorus, and the college’s president, Dr. Barbara McMillin, attended the performance.
The BMC choir was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall by MidAmerica Productions.
While in New York, the BMC students also attended Broadway shows, went to the Metropolitan Opera House and visited the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.