School of Music Headlines Lincoln Center Concert
After months of rehearsals, the Nyack College School of Music students, alumni, faculty and staff presented a world class professional concert on the stage of David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center.
The program’s eclectic mix of music was classical, spiritual, jazz, contemporary, folk and gospel. The first written communication echoing the audience's unanimous praise came from Nyack/ATS Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Rev. Scott G. Slocum, lead pastor of Essex Alliance Church in Essex Junction, VT.
Chairman Slocum’s generous and gracious words reflect how both the performers and the audience witnessed more of a spiritual experience than an evening of musical entertainment.
“Last night’s concert was strangely wonderful! We sat waiting for a concert to begin—a recital of sorts—and soon found that we had been brought into the presence of God. We were not spectators. We were participants, not simply invited into worship, but deliberately brought into worship.
“We stood and applauded, as in any concert, but strangely I realized it wasn't performers alone for whom I applauded. I was actually applauding with them for the One in whom they performed.
“Strange, they hadn't performed for me or us at all. We mistakenly thought we were going to watch a concert, never realizing we were in fact performers ourselves…invited to be part of this great gathering of the redeemed, proclaiming, 'Holy, Holy, Holy!'”