APS teachers sing loud and proud with ASO Chorus … at Carnegie Hall!

With APS employees like Springdale Park and Usher-Collier Heights elementary music teacher Brianne Turgeon contributing to Talk Up APS, we know we’ve got the district covered. Turgeon shared the following report with us:

On Saturday, Oct. 30, three APS teachers had an amazing opportunity to perform on the most famous stage in the US. Staria Lovelady (F.L. Stanton Elementary, kindergarten), Quyen Nguyen (Peyton Forest Elementary, kindergarten), and Brianne Turgeon (music and chorus, Springdale Park and Usher elementary) performed Janáček’s “Glagolitic Mass” with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as members of the ASO Chorus at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Their performance received a glowing review from The New York Times:

Janacek’s “Glagolitic Mass” (1927), a setting in Old Church Slavonic rather than Latin, is more an expression of Czech nationalism than of religious devotion. …The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus sang with a gripping robustness … .

Turgeon is in her fifth year at APS and her 17th year in teaching, and has sung with the ASO Chorus for 18 years covering 19 seasons. She’s also the assistant music director with Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde, and sings in the a cappella group Yes, Virginia! Quyen Nguyen is a Teach for America teacher in her second year with APS, and is in her first year in the ASO Chorus. When asked if she incorporates teaching into her music or school life, she replied, “Most definitely. My classroom is like a small choir. We learn every subject through music! Last school year, I was also the assistant director and accompanist of the school choir.”

Turgeon also tells us that on Oct. 25, ASO horn player Richard Deane visited Springdale Park to do a horn and science demonstration. Turgeon adds she’ll have 5 students who will be participating in the GMEA Statewide Elementary Honors Chorus this weekend. The clinicians are world-famous composer/conductors Nick Page and Andy Beck. She’ll be sending more details shortly!

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