Welcome to the 2018 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 several of the songs in the concert memorized (see list below). If you have any questions about the choir, please click here to email us.
Our Conductor, Benjamin Klemme
Conductor Benjamin Klemme leads an active career dedicated to engaging audiences and performers of all ages with the transforming power of choral and orchestral music. As music director of the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association, he conducts the organization's flagship ensemble—the Vermont Youth Orchestra—and provides artistic leadership and vision for programs that serve over 300 students in grades 1-12 from across Vermont and neighboring states. Before coming to Vermont, Klemme held conducting positions at the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, and Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association. Additionally, he has served on the faculties at Augsburg University, New Mexico School for the Arts, and MacPhail Center for Music. His guest conducting appearances include performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Quad City Symphony Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, and University of Minnesota Opera Theatre. Klemme earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Minnesota, where he studied conducting with Mark Russell Smith and Kathy Saltzman Romey. He holds a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where his teachers were Carl Topilow and Louis Lane, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Klemme lives in Charlotte, Vermont with his wife, violinist Deborah Coltvet Klemme, and their two sons, Simon and Winston.
We have secured special room rates again at the NYC Sheraton Times Square. The Getty Music rate will be $219 per night, which is $150-200 less than most hotels in the Times Square area! This hotel is a short 3 blocks away from Carnegie Hall and our rehearsal space.
HOTEL UPDATE - Nov 13th: Our block of rooms is currently sold out and we are working on additional hotel rooms. Let me know if you need a roommate (see below) or if you already have a room and want to add a roommate.
ROOMMATES: 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. Please use subject line: ROOMMATE FOR (your name)
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
Please use this special promotional code to save 20% on tickets for family & friends attending the concert. Click here to purchase tickets. Promotional Code: CHM30193
Dec 12th at Calvary Baptist Church, 123 W 57th St (Across the street from Carnegie Hall)
8:30-9:30 Caroling in NYC (Dress warm!)
Dec 13th - dressed for the concert
Noon-1:00 Check-in at Calvary Baptist Church
3:00-3:30 Transition across the street to Carnegie Hall
3:30-5:15 On-stage for Dress Rehearsal and pictures
5:30-6:45 Dinner provided at Carnegie Hall
6:50-7:00 Prayers with Keith before the concert
7:00-7:20 Line-up to process onto stage
7:30 Show time!
UPDATE ON MEMORIZATION from Ben Klemme
Memorization: The choir should prioritize memorizing the following songs.
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus
In Christ Alone
Joy to the World
O Come All Ye Faithful
Special Guests Announced for Carnegie Hall
Christmas 2018 Song List - COMPLETE LIST (in alpha order)
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus *
Come Ye Sinners
For To Us a Child Is Born - Just Added! We will premiere this at Carnegie Hall.
Hark the Herald Angels Sing *
In Christ Alone *
In the Bleak Midwinter
Joy Has Dawned / Angels We Have Heard on High
Joy to the World *
O Children Come
O Come All Ye Faithful *
Once In Royal David’s City
Silent Night *
Sing We the Song of Immanuel
* - Please memorize these songs