On Monday evening, March 20th, we were joined by six other choruses from all over the country to sing the Requiem. We met together collectively to work with Dr. Armstrong on Saturday, Sunday and Monday for four hours at each rehearsal. The wealth of knowledge and insight into choral singing was incredibly meaningful to every chorister gathered to sing under Dr. Armstrong's baton.
The following are just a few of the comments I received about singing in the amazing venue that is Carnegie Hall with our country's greatest living choral director.
"What a wonderful time of singing, faith exploration, and fellowship I experienced in NYC! Time to focus on Rutter's Requiem under the direction of Anton Armstrong was hard work and well worth it." Carol Koch-Worrell
"Singing the Ruter Requiem and working with Dr. Armstrong exceeded all of my expectations. Not only did he provide excellent singing instruction, he also made it clear that his faith was very important, as he pointed out what he felt were the most important parts of the text. Concluding this experience by singing at Carnegie hall is an experience I will never forget." Kathy Craig
"The Granville Choristers got to attend three practices with conductor of astonishing ability and experience and profound religious faith. Performing the Rutter Requiem with the rest of the ensemble was moving and faith affirming." Anastasia Anderson
"It was such a wonderful experience. I feel like such a true musician now!" Liane Meredith Stewart
"The New York trip was truly an amazing experience. I enjoyed being away from my other responsibilities for a few days., which allowed me to fully concentrate on my music. Dr. Armstrong gave us a lot of information in the rehearsal that I will use on this Requiem and choral singing in general. I also enjoyed spending time with my director and fellow singers, and getting to know them in new ways. And then there was experience NYC for the very first time . . ."
"I never knew hard work could be so much fun! Singing under the baton of Anton Armstrong was intense and I loved every minute of it. Our merry band of choristers bonded over great Italian food and the excitement of NYC . . . It was thrilling!" Cindy McElroy