"We're so proud to share with you the talented children of one of our schools," states Enid Martinez, standing in front of the fifty or more beaming students about to perform at the closing of the TCRWP's Annual End of Year Principals Conference.
Martinez continues, "They've been to the Academy Awards, they've been on Oprah, and now they're with us at the New York Botanical Gardens. I introduce to you the PS22 Chorus from Staten Island, led by Gregg Breinberg."
They even have a page on Wikipedia which reads, in part: The PS22 Chorus is an elementary school chorus from Public School 22 in Graniteville, Staten Island (New York). It is composed of 60-70 fifth-graders, and is directed by Gregg Breinberg. Students are assigned to the chorus after an annual auditioning process at the beginning of each school year. PS22 is the largest elementary school in Staten Island which draws students from a wide cross section of ethnic groups and socio-economic levels. The chorus meets twice a week during school hours to practice, and performs throughout the year at school functions, local events, and on special requests. The PS22 chorus was founded in 2000 by the school's music teacher, Gregg Breinberg. Since then the chorus has become an Internet phenomenon. In 2009 New York magazine called it "the best-known elementary-school chorus on the planet".
You can see the PS22 blog at http://ps22chorus.blogspot.com/
We hope you enjoy, as much as we do, the three video segments below.