By: Charla Cole/Instructional Paraprofessional
The students and staff at OA enjoyed a wonderful Christmas concert at Algonquin Theater this week. The Newark Boy’s chorus were featured and they sang beautifully. This talented chorus is comprised of diverse young men who are poised, articulate, with the most amazing voices! The mission of the Newark Boy’s Chorus School is to develop their students into successful young men of sound character through rigorous academic and musical training.
During the performance, their music director, Donald Morris, encouraged crowd participation and gave us an in depth look on just how much time, dedication, and practice it takes to be successful in their organization. You see, singing is just one aspect of what they do. These boys travel all over the world, singing in different languages that include classical music, spirituals, folk music and jazz, all while still maintaining good grades. They sang many different holiday songs that represented various cultures and some that we all were familiar with. It definitely got us all in the Christmas spirit, with many of our students singing along and swaying to the music.
At the end of the concert, the director opened the floor to questions from the audience and we learned more about the aspirations and achievements of the chorus members. The Newark Boy’s Chorus are truly an inspiration to all of us and we look forward to our next trip to this historical theater.
Did You Know: Known as Newark’s “Musical Ambassadors”, NBCS was named the Discover Jersey Arts winner of the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Choral Group for 2015.