ORLANDO, Florida—Jones High School Concert Choir & Wind Ensemble Band performed this past weekend at the WorldStrides OnStage Festival at Carnegie Hall. Coming from a low-income area in Orlando, Florida, the group had been fundraising and crowdfunding their trip to the Festival until they received a $100,000 donation from the Ellen DeGeneres Show and Walmart.
Jones High School was one of nine schools invited to the prestigious event. The Wind Ensemble performed under the direction of Jamaal Nicholas and included more than 40 talented student performers. The Concert Choir was especially selected as one of two for the festival to perform solo on stage under the direction of the school’s Choral Director Andrea Green. The choir also combined to sing in the festival’s National Youth Choir under the direction of nationally respected Conductor Lynne Gackle.
The Festival at Carnegie Hall rewards the most elite music groups with the opportunity to perform at world-famous Carnegie Hall’s main stage, the Ronald O. Perelman Stage in the Isaac Stern Auditorium. This invitation-only, non-competitive event pairs ensembles with world-renowned conductors, chosen from a lineup of internationally regarded music professionals with a performance portfolio that spans decades.
“These students put their heart and soul into performing. They understand the exclusivity of this event and give it 110 percent,” said Marion Gomez, General Manager of the Festival at Carnegie Hall. “Watching them perform is nothing short of amazing.”
“We are so proud of these performers,” said WorldStrides OnStage General Manager Francois Martin. “They put their heart and soul into this. We hope they enjoyed themselves, honed their skill and had an experience they will never forget.”
The group of more than 100 performers and chaperones also got to take in the sites and views of New York City, as well as a Broadway show.
For more information about the program please visit, https://worldstrides.com/collections/festival-at-carnegie-hall/.
You can also view the group’s thank you video to The Ellen Show and Walmart here.
About WorldStrides OnStage
WorldStrides, headquartered in Charlottesville, VA, is the largest educational student travel company in the United States. Founded in 1967, it has grown to provide educational programs for more than 400,000 students annually over 100 countries around the world. The OnStage division supports performing arts travel including festivals, bowl games and parade performances, and custom performing tours all around the world.
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