The Holy Trinity Select Choir, above, received their third consecutive “superior” rating at Festival Disney in March. They also repeated their past success by winning “Best in Class” among Jazz choirs.
The Select Choir consists of 21 students from all grade levels and they have been preparing for this competition since December with four very different a cappella selections, including a piece with lyrics in Swahili. The group competes in this competition every 2 years so the students knew they had some hard work ahead of them when they began the school year. The group’s director, Ann-Marie Hoher, said she chooses “the competition pieces over the summer without knowing who will actually be in the group, so it’s always exciting for me to see how they rise to the challenge.”
Senior Ashley Lane of Levittown spoke about one of the pieces being “really hard, but we worked hard, had extra rehearsals and we did it!” This was her second trip to the competition and as the Select Choir president, she was its representative during the awards ceremony and received the “Best in Class” trophy.
The competition at Disney World in Orlando is held for eight weekends throughout March and April and brings school groups from around the country. The Holy Trinity choir included Maggie Addiego (Malverne), Fiona Castro (Syosset), Olivia D’Achille (East Meadow), Cat Daniels (Coram), John DiCaro (Lynbrook), Brandon Dubuisson (Baldwin), Danny Frumento (Valley Stream), Nick Gonzalez (Seaford), Ty Graynor (Huntington), Sarah Iandoli (Merrick), Maurice Jerry (Baldwin), Tatianna Kouyoudjian (Westbury), Ashley Lane (Levittown), Alyssa Lopez (Levittown), Gabrielle Marcoux (Garden City), Greg Milano (Wantagh), Amanda Murphy (West Babylon), Madeline O’Reilly (Plandome), Rita Posillico (Westbury), Abigail Sheusi (Merrick) and Kristian Wolterstorff (Malverne).