Huntington High School chorale program has reached new heights this year. The teenage vocalists who comprise the assorted choirs are some of the most talented singers on Long Island, if not the state.
Led by music teacher Veronica Mainville, the chorale program has been impressing audiences all year. Each of the choir members has spent countless hours training, rehearsing and performing in a constant quest to improve.
The Huntington teenagers simply love to sing and they’re serious about it. They seize every opportunity they get to learn new techniques and grow individually and collectively.
“My students have recently been visited by some fantastic guests,” Mrs. Mainville said. “We had 2010 alum Kirsten Freiman (who now goes by the stage name of Kirsten Maxwell) play a set of her original songs for my third and eighth period concert choir classes.”
A member of the concert and a cappella choirs and the drama club during her time at Huntington High School, Ms. Maxwell provided a background story for each of the songs she played and mesmerized the teenage audience with her beautiful voice and skilled guitar playing.
After graduating with Huntington’s Class of 2010, Ms. Maxwell attended SUNY Potsdam for two years before transferring to SUNY Geneseo, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in creative writing.
“Kirsten’s first album, Crimson is available on iTunes, Spotify and several other media sources online and her second album will be coming out in August,” Mrs. Mainville said. Crimson includes 11 tracks.
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Dr. David Fryling, professor of music and director of choral activities at Hofstra University also visited Huntington High School students last week. “Dr. Fryling is a skilled conductor whom I have had the pleasure of singing with as a member of the eVoco Voice Collective,” Mrs. Mainville said.
Dr. Fryling started the clinic off by asking students why they sang and why music is so important to them. “He then worked on one of our pieces for the spring concert, ‘Sanctus’ by Ola Gjeilo,” Mrs. Mainville said. “He stressed the importance of the text, unifying vowels and tone and showing emotion as singers and actors. My students enjoyed working with him very much, and sounded so beautiful by the end of the class.”
Did the advice “stick?” Yes. The proof came the following night when the chamber orchestra performed “Sanctus” in stunning fashion during the high school spring concert.