Sequim High School choir takes bite of the Big Apple with performance at Carnegie Hall
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The Sequim High School Choir takes the stage with other performers at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Sunday.
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The Sequim High School choir pauses just before singing in Carnegie Hall on Sunday.

By Joe Smillie
Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM –– Having wowed an audience in one of the world's most hallowed concert halls, the 42 singers from Sequim High School's choir were slated to return home Monday night.

Following the baton of music director John Lorentzen, the choir sang six songs Sunday night on the Carnegie Hall stage in New York City.

“It was incredible,” Lorentzen said Monday in a phone interview.

“You take that stage and immediately feel all this history overtake you. But the kids did a fantastic job.”

Sequim sends its high school choir to sing at Carnegie Hall every four years.

This group left Sequim on Wednesday night and were scheduled to return to the North Olympic Peninsula at about 9 p.m. Monday.

Cost for each student was around $2,500, Lorentzen said, though fundraisers also helped pay the way for chaperones to shepherd the students in the city that never sleeps.

In addition to their song set, the choir group also made tourist stops at the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center, Rockefeller Plaza and Broadway shows “Wicked” and “Newsies.”


Sequim-Dungeness Valley Editor Joe Smillie can be reached at 360-681-2390, ext. 5052, or at

Last modified: March 31. 2014 6:43PM
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