After anxiously awaiting an answer for two months, Ravena-Coeyams-Selkirk High School Choral Teacher Michelle McLoughlin finally received the letter she was hoping for.
“I would like to congratulate you on your fine work as a music educator and choral director,” the note said. “You have clearly provided wonderful opportunities for your students to grow and develop their skills as choral musicians and their love and appreciation for choral music.”
The message was from a representative of Albany Pro Musica and continued on to extend an invitation for the RCS High School Harmonics group to perform in the 2019 High School Choral Festival in January. McLoughlin said it is an honor to be selected to participate.
“In addition to the amazing opportunity to perform in the world famous Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and to work with such incredible musicians, we are especially looking forward to hearing the ensembles from the other selected schools and learning from their wonderful performances,” McLoughlin said.
The group will performs its own set of musical offerings and have an opportunity to work with guest composer and conductor Brad Ellingboe. His more than 150 published compositions and arrangements are considered favorites of choral ensembles across the world.
RCS alums Abigail Cowan and Meghan Gallagher (music teacher at A.W. Becker) are members of Albany Pro Musica and will be performing with the group as well.