MCC Collegiates Perform in Carnegie Hall!

Posted by on 06.23.17 in Uncategorized

The quality of the Muskegon Community College Arts and Humanities program is among the reasons MCC has received local, state, and national recognition. For the second time in two years, an MCC music ensemble performed in the Isaac Stern Auditorium inside the famed Carnegie Hall in New York City.

On June 11th, the Muskegon Community College Collegiates choir, under the direction of Thomas Clark, participated in a performance in that legendary performance venue.  The 27-member Collegiates performed Ralph Vaughan-Williams’ “Dona Nobis Pacem” under the baton of Dr. Nina Nash-Robertson of Central Michigan University and also were a featured Chamber Choir in a performance of Vaughan-Williams’ “Sancta Civitas” directed by Dr. Craig Jessop, the former conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Dr. Jonathan Griffith, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for Distinguished Concerts International of New York which coordinated the Carnegie Hall concert, extended the invitation to the MCC singers based upon a strong recommendation from Dr. Nash-Robertson.

I cannot emphasize how extraordinary this accomplishment is.  Tom Clark, himself a past Carnegie Hall performer, has led the MCC Vocal Music Program for the past seven years.  Tom elevated the already strong program to new heights.  Department Chair Daniel Meyers, relaunched the instrumental music program in 2010 and himself performed at Carnegie Hall when he was a bit younger ;-).

Tom, thank you for your leadership of our vocal music program.  Your guidance and mentorship has provided our students with an experience few will have in a lifetime.


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