Apparently, the chorus from PS 22 on Staten Island in NY has been taking the globe by storm on YouTube, but I hadn't seen these amazing young singers and their teacher until this morning on Good Morning America. Gregg Breinberg (Mr. B.) is the extraordinarily committed and energetic music teacher who has imbued hundreds of kids with the joy (and, clearly, transformational power) of music. You can't watch and listen to Mr. B. and the chorus and not catch their infectious enthusiasm and feel inspired. Have a listen to just one of their many YouTube hits, "Let There Be Peace On Earth": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4ubAh9TLko. When asked about the importance of music and arts education on GMA this morning, Mr. B. offered: "We do pretty well with English and math, but if we don't teach music and humanities, people don't learn how to be human." As a life-long singer (and listener!), I couldn't agree more.
Read more about them in this NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/26/education/26chorus.html