During our recent New York City Tour, we visited Top of the Rock, an observation deck located on the top of what is called the GE Building, an Art Deco skyscraper that forms the centerpiece of Rockefeller Center in Midtown … Continue reading
One of the highlights of our New York City tour was performing inside St. Paul’s Chapel, the historic church that sits opposite the World Trade Center site. After the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, which led to the collapse of the twin towers of the World … Continue reading
Listen to several songs performed inside historic St. Paul’s Chapel during our recent singing tour of New York City. George Washington, along with members of Congress, worshipped at St. Paul’s Chapel on his Inauguration Day, on April 30, 1789. Washington also attended services at … Continue reading
Touchdown… we’re home! After nearly 2,300 miles of travel by air, subway, motorcoach and on foot, we’re back in Orlando. The 2014 New York City Tour has officially come to a close. What a privilege and honor it has been … Continue reading
Good afternoon! We have boarded our plane in Newark, pushing back from the gate now. Total flight time: 2 hours, 58 minutes. We’re scheduled for an on-time arrival in Orlando at 8:27pm. See you soon!
Good morning! Today is the sixth and final day of our New York City tour. It’s also our final singing performance and the last day with Claire Hodge as the Girls Choir director, after nearly 16 years of service. This … Continue reading
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In the photos posted here over the past week, you’ve probably noticed us wearing matching t-shirts for the tour. These shirts were the brainchild of chorister parent Chris Gent who spearheaded the design and printing of the shirts. The designs … Continue reading
We wanted to share this really neat photo taken by our tour photographer and chorister parent Chris Gent as we were returning to Manhattan from Ellis Island this afternoon aboard a passenger ferry. The photo is a high-dynamic-range imaging or … Continue reading
Moving 47 tour participants through the streets of New York City can be a real challenge. It’s easy to get separated on busy sidewalks, hectic intersections, in crowded parks and in packed subway stations. We found the quickest way to … Continue reading
The beauty of our choir is its diversity and the unique talent and style each chorister brings to the choir. Hats are no different. Check out the variety of hats worn during this tour.
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After our loop around Liberty Island, we docked at Ellis Island, the gateway for millions of immigrants to the U.S. as the nation’s busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1954. By the time it closed on November 12, 1954, … Continue reading
On our way to Ellis Island this morning we circled around Liberty Island on the passenger ferry which provided us with spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty. The 151-foot statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the … Continue reading
We mentioned in a previous post about the interesting past of our host hotel, the Row NYC in Midtown Manhattan. Located in the heart of the Theater District and one block from Times Square, this historic hotel is one of … Continue reading
Good morning, New York! Today is Day 5 of our tour and it’s the first day we have no scheduled rehearsals or performances. Everyone was given permission to sleep in this morning and after breakfast we’ll travel to Battery Park … Continue reading
Immediately following today’s service at Saint Thomas Church, we said a tearful goodbye to chorister Andrea Rivera who not only departed the tour early for a family vacation but officially leaves the Orlando Deanery Girls Choir after many years of … Continue reading
We had a splendid morning rehearsing and singing for the 11am Festal Eucharist today at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. Many thanks to organist and director of music John Scott and assistant organist Benjamin Sheen who provided us with wonderful … Continue reading
We thought you would enjoy hearing a portion of our performance from Saturday evening’s concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The concert was part of the C3 Choral Convergence Concert & Rising Star Showcase. These three songs feature … Continue reading
It’s hard to believe we’re already halfway through our New York City tour! Last night’s performance at Carnegie Hall was magical and we felt so fortunate to have been one of only 15 youth choirs in the entire country to … Continue reading
Here are a few photos from last night’s American Musical Performance National Choirs performance at Carnegie Hall. The Orlando Deanery Choirs were one of only 15 youth choirs from across the U.S. invited to participate in the performance. You can … Continue reading
Good morning, Orlando Deanery Choir fans! We’re all up and ready to tackle Day 3 of our singing tour of New York City. Tonight is our debut at Carnegie Hall! Our day begins this morning with a short walk to … Continue reading