Albrecht Conducts Festival at Carnegie Hall

Rollins alum and former music and theatre arts major Sally Albrecht ’76 recently conducted the WorldStrides OnStage Honors Junior Choir in a performance at New York City’s famous Carnegie Hall. The choir was made up of 203 students from 45 states going into grades 7–9, who auditioned to be part of the elite group and experience performing in one of the world’s top venues. They were joined by piano accompanist Kenneth Bowen and additional instrumentalists.

The choir performed six pieces, four of which were composed and arranged by Albrecht herself. Her husband, Jay Althouse, composed one piece and arranged another. Albrecht also added choral movement on three of the selections.

Albrecht is the former director of school choral and classroom publications for Alfred Music Publishing. She is also a conductor, composer, and clinician. Albrecht, who has more than 500 choral and classroom publications in print, joined the WorldStrides Festival at Carnegie Hall program as part of decades-long lineup of world-renowned conductors, adjudicators, and dedicated educators with a passion for music.

Selections performed:

  • “Let the Earth Resound” by Sally K. Albrecht
  • “Furaha!” by Sally K. Albrecht
  • “Hashivenu” arr. by Sally K. Albrecht
  • “Cantar!” arr. by Jay Althouse
  • “Land of Our Dreams” – based on Armenian Lullaby and adapted by Hope Harrison, arr. by Jay Althouse
  • “Ain’t-a That Good, Good News” arr. by Sally K. Albrecht (premiere performance)