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posted: Mon, Dec 8th, 2014

Students perform at Carnegie Hall

Twenty-four Mountain View students know how to get to Carnegie Hall.

Well, actually they just boarded a bus. But they did practice, practice, practice. 

The students, the school’s entire show choir, recently performed at the world famous venue in an annual performance of  “The American Christmas Carol.” Written by American composer Tim Janis, the concert features both new and old holiday songs. The annual Carnegie Hall staging, now in its ninth year, has become a New York tradition.

The Mountain View students sang “Jingle Bells,” accompanying master flutists Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway. The students also sang “Up And Down The Chimney” with Broadway veteran James Hindeman. The show choir arrived at Carnegie Hall around noon to rehearse for the 8 p.m. performance. The students wore red and green elf costumes during the show. 

“It was just an amazing experience,” said Mountain View music teacher Laura Rutan. “Sir James and Lady Jeanne took the time to chat with the kids and seemed to really enjoy working with them. I think it was enlightening for the students to see all that goes on behind the scenes to stage a huge performance like this.”

A total of 50 Mount Olive High School choral students also were part of the concert, comprising part of a 200-voice choir made up of talented students from the area. Matt Vanzini, MOHS’s director of choral activities, conducted the choir.

The proceeds for “The American Christmas Carol” go to benefit the Golden Hat Foundation, an organization founded by actress Kate Winslet that is dedicated to autism awareness and education.

Below, composer Tim Janis with music teacher Laura Rutan and the Mountain View show choir; bottom, Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway with Ms. Rutan and the choir

Reaching out to the school community

Some of the food that was donated by students and staff for Thanksgiving

Mountain View is reaching out to the school community. The staff is donating new unwrapped toys, clothes, and other items to give to 10 families who could use a helping hand this holiday season. A box in the guidance office is being used to collect the gifts that are donated as part of the annual drive. 

“We often get overwhelmed with national and international causes and forget that the greatest need of all is sometimes in our own backyard,” said Mountain View guidance counselor Kathryn Devins, coordinator of the community outreach efforts. “One of life’s biggest rewards is giving to others and understanding that just a little bit of effort can mean so much to someone else.”

For Thanksgiving, students and staff donated more than 600 pounds of food that was donated to the Mount Olive Food Pantry and also used to make gift baskets for the families. The gift baskets, decorated with seasonal artwork provided by second-graders, contained all the traditional Thanksgiving dinner staples including turkeys and hams.






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