Last month, the Friends of Reggie Spinello presented a $12,000 check to Edward Norris, the director of Glen Cove High School’s Select Chorale. The funds will help offset the costs of the chorale’s “From Home to Rome” trip to Italy where they will perform for Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica. The check represented all the proceeds from a fundraising barbecue that was held by the Friends of Reggie Spinello at the Glen Cove Anglers Club.
While accepting the check from Spinello, Norris said, “I can’t wait to tell the kids about this generous donation. On behalf of the Select Chorale, thank you. This contribution will go towards the chorale’s travel expenses for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform for Pope Francis in Italy.”
Before the school year ended last June, the Select Chorale was invited to perform at the Vatican. During the first week in January 2016, the students will sing in St. Peter’s Basilica with the Sistine Choir during a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis. The Mass is part of the first-ever Children’s Festival for Epiphany.
Most recently, the Chorale sang holiday songs at the White House for President Barack Obama. Locally, the students continue to impress the Glen Cove community with their achievements scholastically and musically.
Spinello said, “I would like to thank everyone who supported our students and helped them on the road from home to Rome. The Select Chorale has realized things some of us could never imagine. All our students deserve the support of the entire Glen Cove Community. A special thanks goes to the Glen Cove Anglers Club, MPAPA (Music Performing Arts Parents Association), the tireless volunteers who prepared the food and decorations, and to Matt Grabowski, a Chorale alum who provided the music.”
According to Norris, another fundraising performance will be held at St. Rocco’s Church this month and a community concert is planned for the next spring, when the Select Chorale will thank their Glen Cove fans by offering an encore of their Vatican performance.