EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Advanced Chorus of the New Jersey Youth Chorus, including Julia Galante of Maplewood and Colby Thall of South Orange, raised their voices to sing America the Beautiful with Queen Latifah at MetLife Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday. 

After being contacted last week with the exciting invitation, Trish Joyce, the Artistic Director and Founder of the Chorus, had to keep it a secret while the choristers gathered for their standard Monday rehearsal.  The good news was delivered during rehearsal with an invitation from Queen Latifah herself, via Skype. The Advanced Chorus was selected from among nearly two dozen other choirs that were considered for the honor.

In addition to performing at the Super Bowl itself, the Chorus performed on Super Bowl Boulevard in Times Square on Friday evening.  There they sang from the Great American Song Book, including A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, by Manning Sherwin, Clap Yo’ Hands and I Got Rhythm, by George Gershwin, Harry Warren’s Lullaby of Broadway, Jerome Kern’s Just the Way You Look Tonight, and God Bless America, by Irving Berlin. 

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The next event to hear a performance by all the choirs will be at the Chorus’ annual Chocolate Fest fundraiser, to be held at The Dolce, 300 North Maple Ave., Basking Ridge, NJ.  It will feature many wonderful vendors, a Silent Auction, Tricky Tray, and special guests. 

For further information, visit www.njyouthchorus.org or call (973) 998-5670.