MCC’s Collegiates to Perform at Carnegie Hall on June 11

Muskegon Community College's Collegiates choir

The Muskegon Community College Collegiates choir, under the direction of Thomas Clark, has been invited to participate in a performance on Sunday, June 11, in Isaac Stern Auditorium inside the famed Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The 27-member Collegiates will perform Ralph Vaughan-Williams’ “Dona Nobis Pacem” under the baton of Dr. Nina Nash-Robertson of Central Michigan University and also will be the featured Chamber Choir in a performance of Vaughan-Williams’ “Sancta Civitas” directed by Dr. Craig Jessop, the former conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Dr. Jonathan Griffith, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for Distinguished Concerts International of New York which is coordinating the Carnegie Hall concert, extended the invitation to the MCC singers based upon a strong recommendation from Nash-Robertson.

“The students and I are excited and committed to bringing excellence to New York City,” said Clark. “It is quite an honor to be invited, but being asked to be the featured choir is truly amazing!”

A week prior to their concert, the Collegiates will travel to New York City and devote five days and four nights in preparing for their performance.

“The singers will spend approximately 9-10 hours in rehearsals over the five-day residency,” said Griffith. “Not all of the time is spent in rehearsals, since there is so much history and culture to see in New York City. However, the performance is the primary purpose for their visit to the city.”

The Collegiates represent graduates of 14 different area high schools:

Jesse Gish – Baritone

Caitlin Hegenbart – Alto
Spencer Kniat- Tenor
Kano Rivera- Baritone
Brittany Stack – Alto
Tosha Vander Kooi- Soprano

Grand Haven
Alex Fegley – Tenor
Ashley Klaassen – Soprano

Michael Hasty – Baritone

Mona Shores
Blake D. Filius – Tenor
Madison Hronek – Alto
Jay McMahon – Tenor
William Naill- Baritone
Riley Reeds –Soprano
Daniel E. Stewart – Tenor
Kassidy Vredeveld – Soprano

Angela Cudney – Soprano
Megan Urquhart – Alto

Nathan Dill – Bass

Muskegon Catholic
Cruz Russick- Bass

Elisabeth Pollack – Alto

Orchard View
Joseph Dixon – Bass

Hanna Schmiedeknecht – Alto

Annalisa Christensen – Alto
Nathaniel Christensen – Tenor

Waypoint Academy
Tré Perry – Tenor

Joshua Keller – Bass