NBHS Choir Honored for White House Performance

NBHS Choir Honored for White House Performance

Members of the NBHS Select Choir, who had the prestigious honor of performing at the White House as part of its Holiday Open House, were honored at the board of education’s February meeting. This was the first time in the school district’s history that the group was invited to perform on the White House’s grand stage.

At the meeting, Superintendent of Schools Glen Eschbach commended director Christina Henderson and each of the 30 students for their unwavering commitment to their crafts and for earning this tremendous honor. He then showed a video, which also featured various photos, of the group’s visit. Each student received a copy of this video as a gift — in addition to certificates — and the group collectively also received two proclamations from Babylon Town Supervisor Richard Shaffer. They then showcased the remarkable talents that earned them the White House invitation by performing for meeting attendees.

The White House visit was comprised of the group’s performance of a variety of musical selections over the course of two hours. To prepare for the performance, the group rehearsed each school day, in addition to some weekend days. To be considered for invitation, the district submitted an extensive application that included video and audio audition materials, and supporting calls were made by local officials on behalf of the district.
The North Babylon Administrator’s Association purchased several items from the White House Historical Association including metal-plated bookmarks featuring a view of the White House Christmas tree from the East Room, the great ceremonial room of the White House in the State Floor. These bookmarks were presented to each student. The district also extends its sincerest appreciation to RSVP Tuxedos in Bay Shore for its generosity in helping to outfit the students with tuxedo and shoe rentals at no cost.

“We’re overjoyed for our students,” said district Director of Art and Music Programs Dr. Kim Lowenborg-Coyne. “We truly appreciate all the hard work that has gotten them to this level of achievement, and we know that this performance will inspire them to continue to perform music throughout their lives.”

The Select Choir’s incredible honor is a testament to the level of musical instruction in the district as well as the students’ and faculty members’ skills and dedication to choral excellence.