Staten Island’s widely-praised PS 22 Chorus, and its director Gregg Breinberg, are enjoying more high-profile attention, this time from VH1.
According to the Staten Island Advance:
Just last week, Breinberg’s fifth-grade chorus received a $30,000 check for PS 22’s new keyboard lab from VH1’s Save the Music Foundation. His choral crew was also featured on the network’s nationally-televised “VH1 Divas” concert, and got yet another shout-out from celebrity blogger heavyweight Perez Hilton. If this year’s set of tuneful pre-teens does anything close to last year’s, 2009-2010 will be far from slow.
Understandably, though, you have to start from somewhere, and before they can sing Lady Gaga, Tori Amos, Bjork, Fleetwood Mac, and more for hundreds of thousands of YouTube viewers, they have to learn to sing in unison.
“I have to keep reminding myself they’ve come further in their first two days than last year’s group did,” laughs Breinberg, whose wide grin and long hair can be glimpsed in the short camcorder videos that have made PS 22’s kids famous. “Teaching harmony to fifth graders can be like slow torture, but what these new kids lack in refinement, they make up for in enthusiasm.”
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