Local school students visit Lehigh for Child’s Requiem performance

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Members of the University Choir were on hand Saturday, November 7th, to welcome middle school students whose words were used as texts in Doc’s oratorio, A Child’s Requiem.Early in the composition process, Doc sent out a call to schools nationwide, to better understand the perspectives and attitudes of children who experience violence in their neighborhoods. Two schools – the Swain School in Allentown, PA, and the Hamilton Disston School in Philadelphia, PA – were particularly helpful. Many of these students’ poignant words would directly make their way into the oratorio, giving A Child’s Requiem its signature impact.

As a small token of our gratitude, these students were treated to a fun afternoon and evening on Lehigh’s campus with members of the Choir. After introductions over lunch at Upper Cort, all traveled down the hill to the bookstore, where each student picked out a Lehigh t-shirt to bring home with them. Ice cream at the Cup came next, followed by a campus tour, led by our very own John Larson, ’17. Stops on the tour included Linderman Library, Lamberton Hall and Hawk’s Nest, and the Asa Packer statue outside of the Alumni Memorial Building.

child req asaAfter dinner at Rathbone, the students attended the evening’s performance, and were specially recognized during the applause (and received a standing ovation!). The day ended with a dessert social in Zoellner’s Black Box with President Simon.

All of the students had a fantastic time– many asked for individual pictures with Doc, and wanted Choir members to sign their programs!

I remember thinking that they should have been signing our programs. They were the real stars of the evening. It was an honor to spend the day with them, and to have been a part of their first memories of Lehigh.

Special thanks to our very own Hayley Goodman, ’18, for organization/coordination of the event, and for making such a memorable day possible for these students!