MHS Choir to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Fifteen members of the Meridian High School Choir will get to spend four days in New York City and perform at a historic theatre.

Meridian High was invited to sing in the premiere performance of Dan Forrest's Requiem for the Living. The singers will also be able to meet the composer.

The artistic director for the Distinguished Concerts International New York Concert Series, Dr. Jonathan Griffith, said, "The Meridian High School Choir received this invitation because of the quality and high level of
musicianship demonstrated by the singers. It is quite an honor just to be invited to perform in New
York. These wonderful musicians not only represent a high quality of music and education, but they
also become ambassadors for the entire community."

MHS choral director, Penny McLemore, said it's her first chance to lead a group in this setting.

"We'll be singing with four other choirs from Mississippi," said Penny McLemore, director of choral activities at MHS. "So the entire choir will be made up of students from Mississippi."

"I think it's a once in a lifetime thing. It is a big deal. It's a blessing to be able to go, to be chosen to go," said MHS junior Kia Davis, a soprano.

The choir will leave early Thursday to catch a flight from Birmingham. The performance is Sunday, under the direction of Dr. James Meaders of Mississippi College.