If last night’s show-stealing performance by the P.S. 22 choir doesn’t prove the value of music in the schools, then I don’t know what will. The 64-member fifth-grade chorus from P.S. 22 in Graniteville, Staten Island, closed out the Academy Awards with their stirring performance of “Somewhere over the Rainbow”. Under the direction of Gregg Breinberg, the children have become known on YouTube for performing covers of pop songs such as Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance”, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin”, and Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida”. Their impressive list of celebrity fans includes Oprah, Stevie Nicks, and Celtic Woman. A top producer of the Academy Awards also joined their list of fans, according to nypost.com, and decided he wanted them to perform on this year’s show. Breinberg commented that:
No one would have ever expected this little, dinky elementary school chorus from Staten Island, New York, would conquer the world as such and get the Oscar’s attention… It’s going to be life-changing.
Gocollege.com shares Breinberg’s fundamental teaching point: with hard work, truly anything is possible. What better way to share that philosophy with the children than through the joy of music. If you’d like to support the students, please click here to donate.
Below you’ll find a video of their Oscar performance. To see their other videos, check out their YouTube channel.
- PS 22 Choir Closes 2011 Oscars With ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Staten Island kids choir closes Oscars (nydailynews.com)
- The PS22 Chorus and All the Oscar Winners Close out ‘The Academy Awards’ (VIDEO) (tvsquad.com)
- ‘Glee’ Moment: P.S. 22 Chorus to Perform at Academy Awards (time.com)