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Campanella Concert Choir sings at the “Turn the World Around” Festival at Carnegie Hall


On June 7-10 Campanella Children’s Choir traveled to New York City to participate in the 2019 National Children’s Festival Chorus at Carnegie Hall!

The excitement of performing on the world-renowned Ronald O. Perelman Stage was unbelievable.

Participants were selected through a very competitive formal application process and invited to experience this opportunity of a lifetime! The great Carnegie Hall represents an elite level of achievement in music.

2019 National Children’s Festival Chorus at Carnegie Hall was arranged by Manhattan Concert Productions and brought several choirs from across the country for their “Turn the World Around” program with the goal of singing as a whole and spreading messages of hope, unity and positivity through music. The “Turn the World Around” was a festival that brought these choirs together, showing that despite the differences, they could still all work together to make something beautiful.

Campanella participants had extensive group rehearsals with outstanding, internationally known conductors; learned to collaborate with other selected choirs and then performed at the Carnegie Hall. This performance showcased the visiting ensembles’ work on a national stage and in the professionally printed Playbill.  Singers’ happy mood and energy were absolutely contagious!

For almost 20 years Campanella Choir lead by their Artistic Director, Marianna Kosaya, helps regulate a busy intersection of cultural, ethnic, social, and heritage torrents within a diverse community of Chicago suburbia. As the choir grew from a small group of singing toddlers to an award-winning choral ensemble, it became the core of Campanella Educational Center, with a main goal to help children find and develop their artistic individuality thru music and teamwork.

As part of Campanella’s “Unite Thru Music” program, students from diverse cultural backgrounds learn and grow together in a collaborative and stimulating creative environment. At Campanella, children perform songs in many languages – English, Russian, Spanish, French, Czech, Yiddish, Italian, German, Polish, African Bemba and Xhosa, and more, and from many cultures. It teaches them to understand, support, and accept each other’s differences while working collaboratively as a team.

Campanella Concert Choir is a regular participant of National Heritage Festival since 2006. It has achieved the highest ranking at the Festival of Gold series in 2016, 2012, 2011 and 2010, won a Gold Medal in 2009 and 2008. In 2012 Campanella Children’s choir made its Carnegie Hall debut as part of John Rutter’s “Mass of the Children” performance.

Marianna Kosaya, Campanella Children’s Choir Director:

“Coming back to perform at Carnegie Hall with a new team of young singers has been absolutely phenomenal!  

Listening to children sing at joint rehearsals, I experienced extraordinary inspiration.  

My excitement was connected to the feeling that what was happening in the rehearsal room went far beyond singing.  The work performed by the singers, choir directors and MCP conductors was of utmost importance: today’s kids and our future leaders were learning the value of listening and relying on each other while striving to make our world a little kinder.

Children from different places, racial and ethnic backgrounds, traditions, and cultures who have never seen each other before, opened their hearts to beautiful music, gave up parts of themselves, and gave their voices to the general sound flow.

The magic transferred itself to the concert.  The inspirational light voices of young singers touched Carnegie Hall audience hearts and charged them with light and joy.

Almost a month later, here, at Campanella, we are continuing on our journey to “Turn the world around” one heart at a time…” 

“Turn The World Around” Festival Participants:

Maia Armstrong 

Old Orchard Junior High School, 

Skokie District 68

Home town: Skokie


George Barkidjija

Roosevelt Middle School,

River Forest District 90,

Hometown: River Forest


Peter Gadjev

Countryside Day School, Northbrook

Hometown: Northbrook 


Alexander Iordanov

Charles J. Caruso Middle School

Deerfield District 109

Hometown: Deerfield


Liora Kalinovskiy

Wood Oaks Middle School

Northbrook District 27

Hometown: Northbrook


Alice Kapmar

Wood Oaks Middle School

Northbrook District 27

Hometown: Northbrook


Safiya Kazlovich

Vernon Hills High School 

Vernon Hills District 128

Hometown: Vernon Hills 


Alexandra Kolodnikov

Cooper Middle School

Buffalo Grove District 21

Hometown: Buffalo Grove


Jenny Ogiela 

Wescott Elementary

Glenview/Northbrook District 30

Hometown: Northbrook


Veronica Ruvinskiy

MacArthur Middle School.

 School District 23. 

Hometown: Wheeling


Mia Shepel

Highcrest Middle School/ Elementary

Wilmette District 39

Hometown: Wilmette


Alex Svistchov

Glenbrook South High School

Glenview  District 225 

Hometown: Glenview



Marianna Kosaya


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