Ten Delmarva Christian High School students had the opportunity to participate in an Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) National Honors Choir Concert at Carnegie Hall on Monday, April 25, in New York City.

The DCHS students joined choruses from Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Montana, North Carolina, New York, Tennessee, and Texas in performing a program of works by Handel, Johann Michael Haydn, Craig Courtney, William Powell, Ola Gjeilo, Mark Hayes, William Monk, and Carl Boberg / Stuart K. Hine and were conducted by Thomas Council and Julian Ackerley.

“They sang so beautifully,” said Mrs. Linda Perry, DCHS Choral Instructor. “It could not have been a better performance. I truly am quite proud of our DCHS Royal Ensemble. I recall even having to gain my composure during their performance—it was absolutely beautiful!”

DCHS Choral Instructor Linda Perry leads the students and their parents in prayer before leaving for New York City on Friday, April 22.

DCHS Choral Instructor Linda Perry leads the students and their parents in prayer before leaving for New York City on Friday, April 22.

This performance has been in the works for a long time coming.

“I received a brochure about the ACSI National Honors Choir in January 2015,” said Mrs. Perry. “I began conversation with DCS Head of School Mike Vonhof about the opportunity, and he encouraged me to pursue the interest level and gave it his blessing. By the time the commitments had to be made in June 2015, we had seven students signed up. Then, when the fall semester began, we picked up three more students and a chaperone. Each student auditioned for me personally; but after my inquiries to him, I was personally invited to bring our ensemble by Dr. Thomas Council, Director of the ACSI National Honors Choir.”

DCHS Royal Ensemble members Hunter Wyrick, Melissa Harrell, Erin Cooney, Anna Shipley, Maeve Cooney, Olivia Perry, Mrs. Linda Perry, Abby Johnson, Briana Shipley, Hannah Czapp, and Scarlett Wyrick spend some time in Times Square before their performance at Carnegie Hall. Before their Monday night concert, the DCHS Royal Ensemble had the opportunity to take a backstage tour at Radio City Music Hall, eat at unique restaurants, and explore New York City.

DCHS Royal Ensemble members Hunter Wyrick, Melissa Harrell, Erin Cooney, Anna Shipley, Maeve Cooney, Olivia Perry, Mrs. Linda Perry, Abby Johnson, Briana Shipley, Hannah Czapp, and Scarlett Wyrick spend some time in Times Square before their performance at Carnegie Hall. Before their Monday night concert, the DCHS Royal Ensemble had the opportunity to take a backstage tour at Radio City Music Hall, eat at unique restaurants, and explore New York City.

Dubbed the “DCHS Royal Ensemble,” the students rehearsed with Mrs. Perry regularly for months in preparation for the performance. Once they arrived in New York City, the students worked with the other school choirs in rigorous three-hour rehearsals on the days leading up to the concert.

“We would meet on Thursday mornings before school to rehearse,” said Abby Johnson, a junior at DCHS. “Though I felt pretty prepared for the concert, it was definitely nerve-wracking to perform at Carnegie Hall! After the performance, though, I felt exhilarated. It was really empowering.”

Maeve and Erin Cooney pose in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral after attending morning services on Sunday, April 24.

Maeve and Erin Cooney pose in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral after attending morning services on Sunday, April 24.