Compromise Lets Chorus Sing at St. Anthony’s Basilica
The award-winning Groton-Dunstable Regional High School Chamber Chorus will sing in the acoustically perfect Basilica of St Anthony, Padua, Italy, thanks to the efforts of Chorus Director Tim Savoy, Acting Superintendent Bill Ryan, Principal Mike Woodlock and former Supt. Dr. Kristan Rodriguez to ensure that these hard working students have this once-in-a lifetime opportunity.
Groton-Dunstable School Committee Chairman Jeff Kubick told the Board of Selectmen that school officials worked hard to make this happen, with the Chorus singing between masses on Easter Sunday at the Basilica. He stressed that the Basilica so wanted the Chorus to perform, “and it is extraordinary for them to change (schedule) but they did it for this chorus.”
The chorus was selected from a field of 800 singing groups for this honor. Students will make the trip to Croatia and Italy, visiting a number of cities and singing in several historic venues during their April school vacation.
Chamber chorus families already have committed more than $96,000 to send the entire group on this trip but they still need to raise an additional $14,000 to help students who would not otherwise be financially able to cover the full cost.
Fundraiser January 29
A fundraiser is planned for Sunday, Jan. 29 at Devens Common Center, with events beginning at 6:30 p.m. that will include performances by the Chamber Chorus and by the group Entrain. To order tickets for the event send email to email@example.com, or to make a donation go to http://www.gdchamber.org/home.
The Groton-Dunstable Regional High School Chamber Chorus is renowned for their choral performances throughout Massachusetts. The members range from 10th to 12th grade and are admitted through a competitive audition process. They specialize in a capella pieces that range from classical to contemporary selections featuring 8 to 14 part harmonies performed at a collegiate level and beyond. The GD Chamber Chorus meets for an hour and half every weekday with their conductor, Timothy Savoy, who works with the students to achieve a professional quality of sound.
Over the past decade GD Chamber Chorus has competed in regional and national competitions held in Massachusetts, New York, Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Toronto. In total the GD Chamber Chorus has received over 25 first place, best overall, best sectional, best choir, best soloist, best accompanist, best performers, and grand sweep trophies during this time period. The Groton-Dunstable Chamber Chorus is very active in their community through performances at school events, nursing homes, and charity fund-raisers. Their winter and spring concerts are highly acclaimed and well attended. The camaraderie between its members creates unity that exemplifies some of the community’s best values.