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MARIN GIRLS CHORUS PERFORMS AT CARNEGIE HALL

The girls were able to squeeze in some sight-seeing. Top row, from left: Georgia Ballard, Nora Hunter, Amanda Koeppel, Emi Fleitas, Isabelle Berman, Cassidy McCaw, Abby Austin, Brady Chun and Gabby Wyllie. Bottom row: Aryana Ganatra, Isabelle Cockerton and Hendrix Donaldson. Photos courtesy of Marin Girls Chorus

   When the Marin Girls Chorus was accepted into the Manhattan Concert Productions Tour Program in 2020, they had no idea it would take more than two years for their dream to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City to become a reality. For over two years, the Marin Girls Chorus has anxiously waited to see if they would get to return to a national tour. 
  “We kept holding our breath and waiting,” said singer Georgia Ballard.

   Fortunately, the green light came in January, and the girls, ages 14-17, started preparing. Last month, that dream was finally realized when 12 of their singers took to the stage and performed at Carnegie Hall. Under the supervision of Upper Division Director Cole Thomason-Redus the girls performed five numbers with nearly 300 other young singers from around the country. 

Marin Girls Chorus performs with other students from across the country at Carnegie Hall.

   “I think that (the) sound and the music that is produced when you put that many people who care about music into one room is just nothing short of life-changing,” said singer Amanda Koeppel. “There is something amazingly unique about singing next to two people you just met and building off each other and creating these wonderful harmonies that are just gorgeous.”

   When not in intense rehearsals, the girls took in the New York City sights including the Top of the Rock, Central Park, tea at the Plaza Hotel and a midnight boat tour on the Hudson.

   For more information, visit marinchorus.org.

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