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Byram Hills Concert Choir Earns Gold Award

ARMONK, N.Y. -- The New York State School Music Association evaluators gave the Byram Hills Concert Choir top marks for its three-piece performance at the major ensemble evaluation held recently at Blind Brook High School, awarding the 52-member choir a coveted gold award.

Choir Director Adam Shatraw gave his students the option of taking the easy route to a gold, or performing at level six, the most demanding. Electing for this option, described by Shatraw as “extremely challenging,” students performed three pieces, the first movement of Mozart’s Requiem, “Rytmus,” an a cappella piece by contemporary Hungarian composer, Hrusovsky and “Make Our Garden Grow,” from Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide.”

Of the more than 20 choirs that performed at this event, there were only four gold awards given. Shatraw said the award validates the hard work students put into concert choir rehearsal.

“These students should be extremely proud of their accomplishment and the tenacity that they showed throughout the preparation,” Shatraw said.

The concert choir typically has three performances a year, including a cabaret concert each fall. The concert choir can next be seen at its spring concert on Thursday, April 26 at 8 p.m. at the high school.

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