Chorus Hopes to Add New Bell Choir to its Music Program

Stuyvesant’s distinguished Choral Program is hoping to add a fifth chorus, the Bell Choir, to its current program. Currently comprised of 300 students and four choruses (Oratorio Choir, Madrigal Choir, Men’s Chorus, and Women’s Chorus), Stuyvesant’s Choral Program has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious stages including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

Ms. Liliya Shamazov, who took over the Choral program when Ms. Hall retired in 2016, has long dreamed of adding a Bell Choir. “When rung by hand, each bell plays a note. Multiple bells are required to perform complex music that together produce a beautiful, unique and sparkling sound,” described Ms. Shamazov. “The bells will be used to accompany our choruses during concerts and will also be introduced into our Music Appreciation curriculum so that every student from Stuyvesant will be given an opportunity to learn an instrument, play in an ensemble, and perform music.”

We are helping the Chorus raise money to purchase a Handbell Concert 5-octave Package comprised of 61 bells. For a limited time, donors who give $500 or more before October 15th will have their names engraved inside the handle of one bell and will receive complimentary tickets to the Holiday Concert (December) and Spring Choral Concert (April), where they will be given special recognition for their contribution.

Engraved Bells

“The Bell Choir will make our music program even more unique and impact not only the 300 students in Chorus but also all Stuyvesant students who take Music Appreciation,” said Ms. Shamazov. “Thank you so much for helping us make this possible!”

To ensure that Chorus can receive the bells in time for the Spring Concert, we need to place the bell orders by the end of October. If you would like to participate in this drive, please donate before Oct 15!

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