Guilderland's  music supervisor credits teachers, parents and the community for the program's success as the high school was named a Grammy semi-finalist for the fifth year in a row.

Growing up in a segregated Wichita, André Thomas found a place where race didn't matter — the choir. But he eschewed spirituals, seeing them as a way whites put down blacks, until his mentor, Jester Hairston, led him to embrace his heritage. Now, he's an authority on spirituals and most recently sought his African roots.

Guilderland music teacher Rae Jean Teeter says performing stretches her students. Their latest reach is a long stretch, answering an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall. Fund-raising is underway.

GUILDERLAND — “How wonderful to be in love!” wrote David Griggs-Janower, the founder, artistic director, and conductor of Albany Pro Musica, on the last release he dispatched for a concert.

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