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Cedarville Women's Choir Sings at Carnegie Hall

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Cedarville Women's Choir Sings at Carnegie Hall

by Public Relations Office

April 14, 2005

Cedarville, Ohio—Twenty-one members of the Cedarville University Women`s Choir performed in New York City`s legendary Carnegie Hall on Easter Sunday. Cedarville resident Beth Cram Porter, director of the choir, explained that the choir was one of six choruses from around the nation invited to sing under the direction of famed English composer/conductor John Rutter. With the New England Symphonic Ensemble, the women performed Rutter`s "Gloria" and "Te Deum." Rutter selected Cedarville freshman Angela Stephens to sing in a "semi-chorus" section of "Gloria." A multi-age music education major from Lynchburg, Va., Stephens said, "I figured that I would audition [for the semi-chorus] just to have the experience of being able to sing in front of John Rutter. ... Being chosen for the soprano line was one of the most satisfying moments of my musical career. ... I felt so privileged to be able to sing for Mr. Rutter, and not only that, but on stage in Carnegie Hall on Easter Sunday!" Stephens and the other women`s choir members earned the money for the trip to New York by working odd jobs in the community. This is the second time that the women`s choir has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall. -30-