Staten Island

by Katherine Yaksich

PS22 Chorus rocks Adele's “ONE AND ONLY" 

The best part of this profession is that after all these years going at this gig, I can still be thoroughly blown away like I was at yesterday’s rehearsal! I’m still not even sure how this performance happened, but I’m thankful it did! Kevin is uncanny, Kiarah is sublime, Daniel-san is awesome (and hilarious) on the drums, and the chorus is PERFECT in this rendition of "One and Only” by the one and only Adele! Kiarah brought this song to me the day before with a beautiful a cappella rendition she will be singing at her aunt and uncle’s wedding, and inspired this arrangement, of which I am most proud! The kids are approaching the end of the school year, but are certainly making the most out of the time they have left… RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING!! - Gregg Breinberg

The PS22 Chorus closed the 83rd Annual Academy awards and has also been the feature of a documentary by Jonathan Kalafer called Once in a Lullaby: The PS22 Chorus Story.

by Katherine Yaksich

Public School 22 in NYC has more than just an amazing chorus, they have an amazing story.

These 5th graders went from performing in their school auditorium on Staten Island to closing the show at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards! It all started when their dynamic and caring teacher Gregg Breinberg started posting videos of their performances on YouTube. The videos went viral captivating viewers from your house to the White House (where they performed for President Obama) with the students’ pure love of music. Celebrities and Indie Rockers alike started flocking to the elementary school to visit and perform. Then, at their annual Christmas concert they got a surprise visit from Oscar Co-Host Anne Hathaway who invited them to perform at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. With unprecedented access our crew follows them from the hallways and streets of Staten Island to the Red Carpet and backstage at the Kodak Theater for their big Oscar performance. Back stage drama combines with homesickness as the 10 year olds navigate the world of the entertainment elite. The drama culminates when the chorus director and the producer of the Oscars broadcast clash over creative differences and half the chorus looses their voices screaming at Disney the day before the big show.

This documentary is an inspiring feel-good story that shows us children have a lot to teach about music, and that a talented teacher can teach his students the most important lesson of all; within themselves is the power to do anything.