Tuesday, September 30, 2008

In Loving Tribute To Lois A.H. Mosley

This past June, we were confronted with the loss of someone very special to the PS22 Chorus, Mrs. Lois A.H. Mosley. Many of you may recall several years back when the PS22 Chorus were involved with our original musical, SANDY GROUND -- Flowers of The Sand, which recounted the struggles and accomplishments of the early settlers of the Sandy Ground community on Staten Island. Lois Mosley, along with many other Sandy Ground descendents, were kind enough to attend the performance back in May of 2006. Mrs. Mosley, who wrote the book "Sandy Ground Memories" (which probably offers the most comprehensive history of Staten Island's own historical landmark), will be truly missed by all who knew her. She will always be remembered as a woman of great strength, wisdom, and heart, and PS22 is proud to have had the opportunity to share our Sandy Ground experience with such a beautiful human being and her incredible family. Click here to see further highlights from our 2006 Sandy Ground production.

We dedicate this new video of the Beatles song, "Strawberry Fields Forever", which was used in our 2006 Sandy Ground production, to Mrs. Mosley. Thank you for inspiring us all....

Friday, September 26, 2008

The PS22 Chorus is one of "My Favorite Things"

Well, more accurately, the chorus is probably my very favorite thing. Either way, we're proud to debut our second video from the new PS22 Chorus of 2009! This is a beautiful version of "My Favorite Things" by Rodgers & Hammerstein from the Oscar-winning musical, The Sound Of Music. And Allie is showing that she's more than ready for the Broadway stage!!


It's hard to believe this crew is technically only 3 weeks old!! They are astounding already.

Check out the chorus performance of "My Favorite Things at this year's holiday show!)

And now you can get a closer look at the new stars you'll be seeing a whole lot of for the next 10 months or so.... (As always, click on the pics to enlarge.)

Friday, September 19, 2008

The PS22 Chorus Is STRANGE!

While the new chorus of 2009 is hard at work breaking in its 22 new additional members (appropriately enough) that we added today, I figured I would dig through the archives to see what I could come up with. And I found this vintage PS22 Chorus performance from the 2005 Holiday Choral Concert featuring The Doors classic, "People Are Strange." A real treat!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

First Impressions!

First impressions are really important, and we have no doubt that this little sneak peak at only the 3rd official rehearsal of the PS22 Chorus of 2009 will leave you excited for things to come! Here they prove that point with the Converse promotional tune, "My Drive Thru" by Pharrell, Santogold, Julian Casablancas, and N.E.R.D.. And while we may still be a bit rough around the edges, we've only been practicing for less than 2 weeks. And all the hard work is resembling a party more than anything else with these guys, as you will be unable to miss when you watch the video!

And here are a few more videos from rehearsal today, featuring only a few of the promising PS22 Chorus soloists. Unfortunately this was Sandria's last day at PS22, but we're STILL hoping maybe she'll be back.... Girl's been known to come and go.... (Seriously, we will miss you Sandria, and big sister Ashleigh too. We wish you both the best in your new schools, which are lucky to have you.

Allie singing "Invisible" by Clay Aiken

And Tirzah singing "Family Portrait" by Pink

Looks like good things are to be expected this year from the PS22 Chorus of 2009! Stick around.....

Thursday, September 04, 2008

A Standing Ovation at LINCOLN CENTER!

The chorus of 2008 got together to give an encore performance and outdid themselves as they performed last week at the legendary Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center. On August 25th, there was a New Teacher Ceremony welcoming the new incoming public school educators joining the system for the upcoming school year. In attendance was NYC Public Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, who e-mailed Mrs. Donath, our principal, writing, "I was very impressed. Your students were terrific and your music teacher is a force of nature. Very exciting." It's very exciting to receive such high praise from Chancellor Klein and we thank him, especially Hurricane B. :)

Watch the 2 videos below to see why the chorus earned its standing ovation they received at the conclusion of the performance.

"Valor" by Andrew Canlon (former student)

"Don't Dream It's Over" by Crowded House

The PS22 Chorus Lincoln Center performance was also featured prominently in the latest edition of the City Schools Newsletter, put out by the NYC Department of Education. Click on the article below to enlarge.

Below are some more pics from The Chorus of 2008's last hurrah! Thanks for the memories kids! :)

Traveling in style!Rehearsing.... More rehearsing...
Isaac and Angela one last "Time"
A Standing O!