This Summer, Elizabeth Punches, an eighth grader that has attended Rancho Solano since Pre-K4, spent six days on tour in New York City with the Phoenix Children’s Chorus. Because they had been chosen to be a part of Choirs of America, they performed at a variety of locations including St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Carnegie Hall.
Q. So, Carnegie Hall! Tell us what it was like to perform in such a revered venue.
A. To perform in Carnegie Hall is a milestone for any musician, so being able to perform in such a prestigious venue was the pinnacle of my choral experience to date. It was a concert I will never forget!
Q. What is the Phoenix Children’s Chorus and how did you become associated with the organization?
A. The Phoenix Children’s Chorus is a non-profit choir with singers aged from 1st Grade to 12th. This is my sixth year with the organization, and my second in the touring choir. The choir has really taught me a lot about myself, and has increased my love for singing and music.
Q. Have your classes at Rancho Solano affected your interests in the fine arts?
A. They’ve definitely given me an advantage! I play the tenor saxophone in the band and that’s where I built my background in music theory. I wouldn’t have been able to tour in NY this summer if it weren’t for those classes!