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Choir members perform at Carnegie Hall

By on July 3, 2018 at 1:27 pm

Pictured are the members of the St. Paul United Church of Christ choir who performed at Carnegie Hall. Front row, from left, are Brenda Humphrey and Vickie Gardner. Back row, from left, are Gary Humphrey, Renae Mayer, Linda Mueller and Jeff Clinebell. (submitted photo)

Members of the St. Paul United Church of Christ choir in Waterloo recently had the opportunity to perform a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The group got the chance after Distinguished Concerts International New York invited The Collinsville Chorale, a community chorus group, to participate in a concert with other groups from the St. Louis area. 

Although that would not seem like an invitation to any St. Paul members, it functioned that way because St. Paul UCC member and Collinsville Chorale Executive Director Gary Humphrey decided to give his fellow church members an opportunity.

“I made the offer available to anyone in the church choir who wanted to go,” said Gary, who is also director of music ministries at St. Paul UCC. “It was basically just whoever could afford the trip and had the time free to do it.”

The church members who performed in addition to Gary are Jeff Clinebell, Linda Mueller, Vicki Gardner, Renae Mayer and Brenda Humphrey.

Several of the singers had performed at Carnegie Hall in 2006 for a similar event, but for Mueller this marked her first time.

“The first time you come in you’re kind of in awe of the building, the orchestra and the composer,” said Mueller, who serves as  administration coordinator at St. Paul UCC.  “You’re just kind of awestruck that you’re actually in Carnegie Hall…>>>

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James Moss