Select Chorale Meets World-Renowned Composer

Select Chorale Meets World-Renowned Composer photo
Glen Cove High School’s Select Chorale had an opportunity to meet and work with world-renowned Norwegian composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo on Dec. 14.

The meeting was planned in preparation of the group’s concert, where they will perform Mr. Gjeilo’s “Dark Night of the Soul” and “Luminous Night of the Soul.”

Choral Director Ed Norris described the meeting as “magical.”

“What an experience it was to not only work with a living composer, but someone of his stature in the music industry,” Norris said. “He helped us in many ways, but mostly he was able to really listen and pick apart some things that we needed to work on in terms of balance and phrasing.”

After the students finished singing, they had an opportunity to ask Mr. Gjeilo questions about his music, Norway and many other topics.   

Mr. Norris said that when the group returned to rehearsal the following day, he saw a vast improvement in their performance, saying, “They did a great instituting many of the suggestions that Mr. Gjeilo made.”