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CHS Musicians Win Honors in NYC—Including An Invitation to Perform at Carnegie Hall!

Colchester High School’s musicians did Colchester proud in the Big Apple!

Members of CHS’s band and chorus programs performed in the WorldStrides Heritage Performance’s New York City Music Festival along with bands and choruses from all over the country and Canada on April 26, challenging them to collaborate and perform to their fullest potential in the midst of a rigorous competition.

The members of the CHS concert choir earned a gold medal for their performance, which also earned them an invitation to compete in the Heritage Festival of Gold at Carnegie Hall!

The CHS Concert Choir performed at the Riverside Church in the World Strides Music Festival held in New York City on April 26. The Concert Choir’s gold medal and score earned them an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall.
The CHS concert choir performing at the Riverside Church in the WorldStrides Music Festival in New York City on April 26. The concert choir’s gold medal and score earned them an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall.

The CHS chamber singers and chorus each earned silver medals. “This truly was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our choral groups,” said Melissa Towle, CHS’s choral director.

The CHS concert band earned a silver award for its performance, and the CHS jazz band brought home a bronze award. “We couldn’t be more proud of all our students,” said Evan Peltier, CHS band director, of the program’s first-time performance in the festival.

The CHS Concert Band performing at the World Strides Music Festival held in New York City on April 26, earning a silver medal for their performance
Members of the CHS concert band performing at the WorldStrides Music Festival in New York City on April 26, earning a silver medal for their performance
The CHS Jazz Band performing at the Riverside Church in the World Strides Music Festival held in New York City on April 26, earning a bronze medal for their performance
Members of the CHS jazz band performing at the Riverside Church in the WorldStrides Music Festival in New York City on April 26, earning a bronze medal for their performance

The students also attended a performance of the Broadway musical Newsies and toured Battery Park, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, and the Lincoln Center. In addition, they joined other high school music groups for a Staten Island boat cruise.

The CHS band and choral students at the Lincoln Center in New York City
The CHS band and choral students at the Lincoln Center in New York City

If you would like more information, please contact CHS’s Evan Peltier at peltiere@csdvt.org or CHS’s Melissa Towle at towlem@csdvt.org or call (802) 264-5700.

Congratulations and well done, CHS musicians!

Interested in your schools’ final musical performances for the school year?

  • On Tuesday, May 20, join Colchester Middle School for its spring band concert beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the CMS gym
  • On Thursday, May 22, join CMS for its spring choir concert beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the CMS gym
  • On Wednesday, May 28, join CHS for its band and chorus pops concert beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the community theater at CHS

All performances are free and open to the public. Please join us!

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