The Huntington High School choir likes to look upon itself as one of New York State’s best; and it is. But the vocalists and the director are always looking to improve and a recent visit by the Five Towns College choir fits perfectly into that desire.
“The Five Towns College chamber singers came to perform and work with my students,” said Victoria Garbarino, who heads the high school’s choral program. “Dr. Marc Silverberg who has worked with the top arrangers for a cappella music such as Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect), taught me choral conducting in college. My chamber choir loved hearing a collegiate level group perform for them especially in popular styles that they recognized.”
Ms. Garbarino is in her second year as Huntington High School’s chorus teacher. A graduate of Deer Park High School, she obtained her undergraduate degree at Five Towns College and a master’s degree at the University of Florida. She is the faculty advisor for Tri-M Music Honor Society, assists with the J. Taylor Finley Middle School musical and directs the high school concert choir, chamber choir and a cappella group.
Dr. Silverberg is Ms. Garbarino’s choral conducting mentor. He is one of the foremost experts on contemporary a capella education. He is also a prolific writer, including musicals and many of his arrangements have been published.
“After the Five Towns College chamber singers performed for us, Dr. Silverberg had my students sing some of their repertoire and worked with them,” Ms. Garbarino said.
The Huntington High School choir is led by an exceptional group of student-vocalists, including Isabella Cahill (president), Mia Nitekman (vice president), Abby Semelsberger (treasurer), Julia Segal (secretary) and Andy Ulloa (historian).
The Huntington choir will perform in concert on Tuesday, December 18 in the high school auditorium at 7:30 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.