The Riverhead High School Chamber Choir was honored to perform before a packed audience at the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall on Dec. 3.
The choir, directed by Dena Marie Tishim, was given this opportunity after the Reverend Mary Cooper of the House of Praise in Riverhead secured them a spot in the show and offered to pay a portion of their performance fee.
“It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these students to perform in the historic venue where the Tony Awards are held annually,” said Tishim.
Prior to the performance, the students enjoyed each other’s company while dining at Ellen’s Stardust Diner, whose wait staff consists of Broadway and off-Broadway star hopefuls. They also watched as Riverhead’s own All-State percussionist William Green performed on tambourine alongside the waiters and waitresses.
The group also performed in Choral Day at LIU Post on Nov. 22, where they sang for college professors and received valuable feedback. In addition, they mingled with students from other schools, including Huntington, Northport and Jericho high schools, and sang alongside them in a grand finale.
Upcoming performances by the Riverhead High School Chamber Choir will be held Dec. 13, at 6 p.m., at the Jamesport Meeting House Carols and Cookies event, and Dec. 15, at 6 p.m., at the First Baptist Church’s A Gift to the Community event.