Group to Perform at Carnegie Hall
Posted on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 [7:21 AM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- A group of Lindsey
Wilson College students, faculty and staff will participate in the
equivalent of the choral Final Four next week in Carnegie Hall.
The eight LWC students, alumna and faculty member will be part
of a performance of Antonio Vivaldi's "Gloria" on Monday
night in New York City's Carnegie Hall. The performance - which
will merge more than 175 vocalists - will be accompanied by the New
England Symphonic Ensemble.
"The honor of being selected to perform at Carnegie Hall is to
the classical musician what winning the Final Four is to a college
basketball team," said LWC Associate Professor of Music and
Religion and Director of Choral Programs Gerald Chafin. "I'm
incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication of our choral
students to perform at this level of musicianship."
Chafin will take six Lindsey Wilson students to next Monday
night's concert: Molly Atkinson of Louisville, Ky.; Jenny Burdine
Pine Knot, Ky.; Allison Chafin of Columbia; Katelin Frederick of
Hustonville, Ky.; Tyler McCubbins of Magnolia, Ky.; and Josh
Stephens of Stearns, Ky.
Also performing will be alumna Sara Hargis. Currently an LWC
admissions counselor, Hargis was a member of the Lindsey Wilson
Singers and she participated in the college's inaugural Carnegie
Monday night will be the third time Lindsey Wilson students have
performed at Carnegie Hall concert -- the other two were in 2002
"It is a great deal of work to prepare for this concert, but
students discover that it is worth the effort," Chafin. "It's an
experience they will cherish and remember for the rest of their
Students, who were selected for the program last fall, have
spent the last seven months learning Vivaldi's popular vocal work.
When they get to New York City, they will spend three more days of
"In addition to the workouts, we'll enjoy getting to know the
approximately 175 other singers who are participating in the
collaborative project," Chafin said.
Hargis recalled her 2002 performance on the stage of legendary
Carnegie Hall, calling it a "surreal moment."
"Walking onto the stage at Carnegie Hall for the first time was
such a surreal moment," she said.
Atkinson said she has heard a lot about the special feeling
singers get when they walk onto the historic Carnegie Hall
"Everybody I have talked to that has gone on this trip says it's
one thing to see a performance on the stage of Carnegie Hall, but
it's a whole different thing when you step out on the stage and
look into the crowd," said Atkinson, who will be a Christian
ministries senior in 2009-10. "They say it's breathtaking to step
out and look into the crowd."
For McCubbins, Monday night's concert will be the perfect end to
his college career. Last month, he received a bachelor's degree in
biology from Lindsey Wilson.
"When I found out about the opportunity, I knew it was a chance
of a lifetime to sing on the stage in Carnegie Hall, so I didn't
want to pass it up," he said.
Monday night's performance will be especially meaningful to the
Chafin family as Chafin's daughter, Allison, will be among those
"A special honor for me is the opportunity to share the Carnegie
stage with my daughter, Allison," Chafin said. "I'm certain it will
be a priceless moment for us."
Lindsey Wilson already has a connection with Shulamit Hoffmann,
the conductor of Monday night's concert. During the trip's planning
stages last spring, the Lindsey Wilson Singers performed at the Los
Altos United Methodist Church, Hoffmann's home church in San
"It was a pleasure for our students to meet her and begin
talking about the Carnegie Hall concert," Chafin said. "We're
looking forward to Monday night."
Chafin noted that on the previous two trips to New York, the
students experienced several surprises that made the experiences
even more meaningful. For example, during the 2002 trip, students
visited the site of the former World Trade Center less than a year
after it had been demolished by terrorists.
Hargis remembered singing "Be Still My Soul" at Ground Zero in
2002 as the last beam from the World Trade Center was removed from
"That was a moment that touched my heart in a way that nothing
else had before," she said.
Readers can follow the Lindsey Wilson Singers' trip to New
York and Monday night concert at Carnegie Hall on Twitter.
Beginning on Friday, June 26, Hargis will update the Singers'
Twitter page with pictures, comments and sounds. To follow her on
Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/lwcsingers.