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.
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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 Songs (in setlist order)
In the Bleak Midwinter
Silent Night * - the 200th Anniversary of Silent Night
Hark the Herald Angels Sing *
Once In Royal David’s City (Verses 1, 2, 5, 6) Verse 1 is choir and organ only
O Come O Come Emmanuel (Verse 4, refrain, Verse 5, refrain, refrain)
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus *
Sing We the Song of Emmanuel
For To Us a Child Is Born - We will premiere this at Carnegie Hall
O Little Town of Bethlehem - Two verses (3. How silently… and 4. O Holy…) singing melody only.
O Children Come
Joy Has Dawned / Angels We Have Heard on High (Chorus, Verse 1, Chorus)
In Christ Alone * (Choir enters on Verse 2)
Joy to the World * (Updated music below - new vocals at end of 1st section - everything else is same)
O Come All Ye Faithful * (a cappella) - Two verses (1. O come all ye faithful… 2. Sing choirs of angels…)
* - Please memorize these songs
Notes from our conductor, Ben Klemme:
“Born Thy people to deliver, born a child, and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever, now Thy gracious Kingdom bring…"
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It is with equal measures of excitement, gratitude, and anticipation that I await meeting you all in New York City next week to lift our voices toward heaven in praise of the One who came to earth at Christmas. Every December, our concert at Carnegie Hall is a highlight of my year, and whether this is your first time or your fifth joining us for this special evening, I assure you that it will be an enriching time of worship and fellowship. Thank you for the time, resources, and energy you have devoted to preparing our music—your partnership encourages and inspires me. I appreciate, too, your continued hard work and prayer during these final days before the event.
Below you’ll find the set list for our concert as it now stands. I know you will all join me in shuffling (if you’re new this year, I’ll explain in rehearsal) for the one and only Scott Revo, who has once again served and organized us all so well. No doubt you have all made use of the NYC Choir 2018 webpage where Scott has provided and organized our materials and information. It is very important to note that due to last-minute changes during the Getty band’s rehearsal week, a number of the choral scores have been updated (and two brand new songs have been added) on the website, as of December 4. Even if you have already downloaded and printed your music, please revisit and confirm that your materials match what is now posted for everything. Thank you for your patience regarding these changes. It is important to remember that this is a dynamic tour—Keith & Kristyn are committed to presenting the most impactful and timely performance in every context, which sometimes leads to inspired changes. We will maintain flexibility as such changes arise.
1) Revisit the NYC Choir 2018 webpage and confirm that you have printed and are using the scores that are currently posted there. At this point, it is safe to assume that any further changes will be able to be marked in pencil and will not require additional printing.
2) Follow along in your music while listening to the audio of the Getty band’s dress rehearsal (links below; also posted on the NYC Choir 2018 webpage). Although these are very rough recordings and there is no choir for us to follow, it is still helpful to hear the skeleton arrangements of each song. Below I’ve listed the songs we will sing in set list order, along with the timings at which they occur during the dress rehearsal recordings available.
In the Bleak Midwinter (not performed during dress rehearsal)
Silent Night (not performed during dress rehearsal)
Hark the Herald Angels Sing (Part 1, 33:30)
Once in Royal David’s City (Part 2, 00:00)
O Come O Come Emmanuel (Part 2, 04:03)
Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus (Part 2, 08:42)
Sing We the Song of Emmanuel (Part 2, 11:54)
For To Us a Child Is Born (not performed during dress rehearsal)
O Little Town of Bethlehem (Part 2, 19:06)
O Children Come (Part 2, 22:05)
Joy Has Dawned/Angels We Have Heard on High (Part 2, 25:57)
In Christ Alone (Part 2, 37:49)
Joy to the World (Part 2, 41:33)
O Come All Ye Faithful (not performed during dress rehearsal)
3) Continue working to memorize the songs marked in bold above. Every moment spent memorizing this material is time well spent; it will enable us to lift our voices and faces as we lead the audience in singing.
4) We will enjoy the privilege of performing the world premiere of the choral arrangement of “For to Us a Child Is Born,” which was arranged by our friend Jonathan Rea specifically for us and for this concert. I encourage you to make use of the practice tracks Jonathan provided to help you learn your part for this beautiful choral feature.
I’ll be in touch again in a few days to see how things are going and to offer a few last-minute practice tips. In the meantime, you will remain in my thoughts and prayers.
Grace and peace,
“…By Thine own eternal Spirit rule in all our hearts alone,
by Thine own sufficient merit, raise us to Thy glorious Throne."