Welcome to the 2016 NYC Carnegie Hall Stage Choir! We are honored to have you joining us on-stage at Carnegie Hall and this promises to be an experience none of us will ever forget. We'll use this webpage to keep you updated on the concert music and other information you'll need for NYC. Watch this space and your email inbox for updates along the way. We hope these resources will help you to learn the notes and get a good sense of the style of the song. Our goal is to have the concert memorized so there are no folders. If you have any questions about the choir or the registration process, please click here to email us. 
 


DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES

Please do not distribute these resources, they are for rehearsal use only. There may be more added, so please be watching your inbox for alerts of new additions!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE CHOIR RESOURCES

Set List:

FIRST HALF

  1. Sing We Now of Christmas/Ding Dong/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen  – Band Only
  2. Consider the Stars – Band Only
  3. Beyond These Christmas Shores – Band Only
  4. O Little Town of Bethlehem (4 verses) – w/Choir
  5. Carol of the Bells – w/Choir
  6. Deck the Halls – Band Only
  7. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – w/Choir

INTERMISSION

SECOND HALF – Songs with speaking moments throughout

  1. Once In Royal David’s City – w/Choir
  2. In the Beginning/O Come O Come Emmanuel/The Rising Sun – w/Choir
  3. Wexford-Magnificat – w/Choir
  4. How Suddenly a Baby Cries – w/Choir
  5. O Children Come – w/Choir
  6. Joy Has Dawned/Angels We Have Heard on High  – w/Choir
  7. In The Bleak Mid-Winter– Band Only
  8. In Christ Alone – w/Choir
  9. O Come, All Ye Faithful – w/Choir
  10. Christmas Blessing (Keith & Kristyn Only)
  11. Joy To the World – w/Choir

 

A NOTE FROM OUR CONDUCTOR

Dedicated to engaging audiences and performers of all ages with the transforming power of orchestral music, Benjamin Klemme leads an active career as a conductor and educator. As Associate Conductor of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, he conducts pops and family concerts, serves as cover conductor for all subscription programs, and designs educational initiatives to inspire listeners and performers of all ages. He also conducts the Youth Symphony and Youth Philharmonic Orchestras as Music Director of the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles. In addition to his work in the Quad Cities, Klemme is the Orchestra Conductor at Augsburg College (Minneapolis) and serves the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies as Concert Orchestra Conductor. Previously, he has held conducting posts at the National Repertory and Cleveland Pops Orchestras, University of Minnesota, Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association, and MacPhail Center for Music. Klemme earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Minnesota, where he was a James Sample Conducting Fellow, led the Campus Orchestra program, and served as Assistant Conductor of the University Opera Theatre. He holds a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Iowa. His principal conducting teachers include Mark Russell Smith, Carl Topilow, Louis Lane, Rebecca Burkhardt and Ronald Johnson.

Dedicated to engaging audiences and performers of all ages with the transforming power of orchestral music, Benjamin Klemme leads an active career as a conductor and educator. As Associate Conductor of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, he conducts pops and family concerts, serves as cover conductor for all subscription programs, and designs educational initiatives to inspire listeners and performers of all ages. He also conducts the Youth Symphony and Youth Philharmonic Orchestras as Music Director of the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles. In addition to his work in the Quad Cities, Klemme is the Orchestra Conductor at Augsburg College (Minneapolis) and serves the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies as Concert Orchestra Conductor. Previously, he has held conducting posts at the National Repertory and Cleveland Pops Orchestras, University of Minnesota, Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association, and MacPhail Center for Music. Klemme earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Minnesota, where he was a James Sample Conducting Fellow, led the Campus Orchestra program, and served as Assistant Conductor of the University Opera Theatre. He holds a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Iowa. His principal conducting teachers include Mark Russell Smith, Carl Topilow, Louis Lane, Rebecca Burkhardt and Ronald Johnson.

Dear NYC—Carnegie Hall Singers,

“O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!”

What a joy it will be to come together in New York City on December 19 and 20 to join our voices in adoration of our Savior, the Christ child. It is my great privilege to greet you all in the name of Him who is come as we anticipate what promises to be a blessed time of music and worship at Carnegie Hall. In a short time we will gather in New York City, our hearts and minds filled with the inspired modern hymns of Keith and Kristyn Getty, prepared to praise God by echoing Zechariah’s prophecy that the rising sun has come to us from heaven “to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace” (Luke 1:79). For well over a century, Carnegie Hall has been celebrated as one of the world’s finest concert halls, and this December, we will have the honor of meeting in this space built to amplify artistry in order to magnify the message God intends for every human heart.

It is my prayer that the truths of these hymns and carols will be written on our hearts during the individual practice time we will spend in the coming weeks. Though we are preparing in many distant places, may we begin to form bonds of community through our shared mission and excitement. Plans for this year’s concert are being finalized, and soon, scores and resources for the pieces we will sing will be made available to you for your individual practice.

In mid-November, Keith and Kristyn and their band will hold Christmas tour rehearsals, after which I will be in contact again to communicate detailed musical considerations and edits. I just met this weekend with Keith and Kristyn about this year’s shows and am inspired by their vision for a concert that will include a service of lessons and carols focused on the songs of Mary, Zechariah, the Angel, and Simeon found in Luke 1-2. There are also exciting new elements in the works for the concerts that I will share more about soon.

Thank you for every moment and resource you are investing in preparing for this collaboration. It will be a joy to seethose of you who will be returning to sing with us again—and I look forward to making new friendships, too—when we come together on December 19 in New York. If you have any questions before receiving my next message, please do not hesitate to send an email to: NYCchoir@gettymusic.com

I look forward to joining our voices together as we meditate upon Simeon’s words, singing that our eyes “have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”

Grace and Peace to you all,

Benjamin Klemme


INFORMATION

Hotel

We have secured special room rates again at the NYC Sheraton Times Square. The Getty Music rate will be $199 per night, which is $100-200 less than most hotels in the Times Square area! This hotel is a short 3 blocks away from Carnegie Hall and our rehearsal space.

Reserve your room here

For those interested in having a roommate, please email NYCchoir@gettymusic.com with your name and the nights you're needing a roommate and we'll do our best to match you with someone.

Concert Dress

We are wearing all black, but not formal. Ladies, black dresses or pants with a sleeved top. No big, reflective jewelry. Men, black pants and a black shirt. No cologne or perfume.

Concert Ticket Discount

To purchase tickets for your friends and family attending the concert, please use Promo Code NYC24941 to SAVE 20% off the ticket price. Visit carnegiehall.org to order tickets online. 

Tentative Schedule - Surprises to be announced at a later date!

Dec 19th at Calvary Baptist Church, 123 W 57th St (Across the street from Carnegie Hall)

  • Noon-1:00 Check-in

  • 1:00-3:00 Rehearsal

  • 3:00-3:30 Break

  • 3:30-5:00 Rehearsal

  • 5:00-6:30 Dinner

  • 6:30-8:30 Rehearsal

  • 8:30-9:30 Caroling in NYC (Dress warm!)

Dec 20th - dressed for the concert

  • 1:00-3:00 Rehearsal at Calvary Baptist

  • 3:00-3:30 Transition across the street to Carnegie Hall

  • 3:30-5:15 On-stage for Dress Rehearsal and pictures

  • 5:30-7:00 Dinner provided at Carnegie Hall

  • 7:00-7:20 Line-up to process onto stage

  • 7:30 Show time!