St. Raymond's Own Cynthia Ciardella, Performs at Carnegie Hall
Kindergarten teacher, Cynthia Ciardella and her husband, Rick Ciardella had the experience of a lifetime this summer. The Ciardellas have been active members of the Stanford Symphonic Chorus since 2014. In early June, approximately 45 members of the Chorus had the opportunity to perform with a number of small choirs from across the United States at Carnegie Hall. They performed a piece by Vaughn Williams: Sancta Civitas – under the direction of Dr. Craig Jessop. Dr. Jessop is currently a Professor of Music and the founding Dean for the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. These appointments follow Dr. Jessop’s distinguished tenure as music director of the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Head of the Department of Music at Utah State. He is the founder and Music Director of the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra and has served as the music director of the Carnegie Hall National High School Choral Festival sponsored by the Weill Institute of Music at Carnegie Hall.
The Ciardellas left home early in the morning on Thursday, June 8th. They had rehearsals that evening and again on Friday and Saturday. Early Sunday morning they rehearsed on stage with the orchestra for the first time, and then performed at 2pm. To be able to say you performed at Carnegie Hall is the ultimate for musicians. Add Cynthia and Rick Ciardella to this esteemed group!