By Matthew Holliday
On Monday, December 1, 2014 Tech’s Chamber Chorus performed at the 25th Annual MetroTech Tree Lighting Ceremony in downtown Brooklyn. A throng of Brooklyn residents came out for the event, and though the weather conditions were less than favorable with a mix of strong winds and rain, the ceremony commenced without hesitation.
Other performers included The Big Apple Circus and an appearance by the Brooklyn Nets. The most exciting guest; however, would have to be Caesar, a robot created by NYU Poly students, who helped Santa light the prodigious pine tree.
The tree was a sight to see as it illuminated the Brooklyn sky in the twilight of the night. Tech’s Chamber singers have been performing at MetroTech for a number of years, and it has become a staple performance gig for the choir. Their performance repertoire included many traditional Christmas carols, such as Carol of the Bells and Silent Night, but also some signature Christmas songs with stylistic twists. For example, the singers performed a gospel-inspired version of Deck the Halls, as well as a doo-wop interpretation of Holly Jolly Christmas.
Marisa Cazanave, the director of the Choral Program at Tech, is extremely proud of her singers and can’t wait for continued success in the years to come. Last year, the program was awarded a gold distinction at the New York State School Music Association’s (NYSSMA) Major Organization Evaluation. The honor of gold with distinction is only awarded to approximately 1% of high school choruses in the state. The chorus is hoping to be awarded gold with distinction again this coming year. According to Cazanave, the music is challenging yet rewarding once the singers grasp the piece. She continuously reminds chamber chorus that they will be taking gold with distinction home again. In addition to their NYSSMA evaluation, Tech’s Chamber Chorus will be heading to Carnegie Hall this March to perform alongside four other top NYC high school choirs. Tech’s singers are definitely reaching new heights and allowing their voices to soar.