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Local Choir Singers Perform With Queen Latifah at Super Bowl

Julia Galante, of Maplewood, and Colby Thall, of South Orange, took the stage at the big game Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

From left, Trish Joyce, director and founder NJYC, Julia Galante, of Maplewood, and Colby Thall, of South Orange.
From left, Trish Joyce, director and founder NJYC, Julia Galante, of Maplewood, and Colby Thall, of South Orange.
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.

In 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.

For more information, visit www.njyouthchorus.org or call 973-998-5670. 

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