Updated: Tomorrow's performance will be open to the public. See information below on how to attend!
At the start of the 2016-17 school year, the artistic staff of Settlement Music School's Gleeksman-Kohn Children's Choir took a long look at the roster of singers spread across the school's six branch locations. Reviewing the names and backgrounds of over 100 singers, they realized that members of the choir had connections to dozens of countries spanning six continents. One choir accompanist said, as a joke, "we should perform at the United Nations."
That humorous but insightful observation turned into an aspiration to land such a performance, one with an audience with a similarly international makeup. Months later, 33 of the Senior Singers from the Gleeksman-Kohn Children’s Choir will be headed to the United Nations Headquarters on Tuesday, June 13, where they will perform songs in seven different languages for residents of the U.N. complex on Manhattan's Upper East Side.
Gleeksman-Kohn Children's Choir Director Rae Ann Anderson and her choir staff -- several of whom have international connections themselves: accompanist Tzu-Hwa Ho is from Taiwan, and accompanist Caroline Davidson is from England -- had to fill out a lengthy application and secure a sponsorship from someone connected to the United Nations, and the process of being accepted was months in the making.
These young singers—who are in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade—represent connections to countries from North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Everyone at Settlement is delighted with the opportunity and believe it will be incredibly meaningful for the students and choir faculty, as well as for those who are fortunate enough to hear them.
The general public may access the building to see the performance. Adults will have to have a government issued ID to register with security to be given a pass to enter the building. That process usually takes up to 15 minutes depending on if the registration office has a long line or not. I would recommend they arrive about 30 minutes before the performance to register and go through security screening.
Congratulations to the students on this outstanding opportunity, and many thanks and much appreciation to Rae Ann and the rest of the Children's Choir faculty for securing this performance and for all their efforts this year.