Two girls from Maplewood and South Orange shared the stage with Queen Latifah at the Super Bowl Sunday night.
Julia Galante, of Maplewood, and Colby Thall, of South Orange, members of the Advanced Chorus of the New Jersey Youth Chorus sang "American the Beautiful" with Queen Latifah at MetLife Stadium.
Under the direction of Trish Joyce, the Advanced Chorus was
selected from among nearly two dozen other choirs that were considered to perform.
addition to performing Sunday, the chorus performed on Super
Bowl Boulevard in Times Square on Friday evening. They sang 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.
The New Jersey Youth Chorus,
founded in 1992, is an auditioned choral program for children in grades 1 to 12, divided into five ensembles: First Steps to Music (grades
1 – 2), Apprentice Chorus (grades 3 – 4), Intermediate Chorus (grades 5-7), Advanced
Treble Chorus (grades 8-12), and Young Men’s Ensemble (grades 7 – 12 for
changing and changed voices). The chorus performs locally, nationally and
internationally for community, civic and corporate audiences. More than 200 choristers come from nearly 40 towns in six counties of New
Jersey. The heart of its mission to provide quality music education that
encourages young people’s love and appreciation of choral music and nurtures
their individual growth and development.