News Post

With One Voice
With One Voice
Communications
Nightingale is home to many one-of-a-kind community groups and clubs; one of these is the beloved Gospel Girls choir, a favorite at schoolhouse concerts and special events.
Nightingale is home to many one-of-a-kind community groups and clubs; one of these is the beloved Gospel Girls choir, a favorite at schoolhouse concerts and special events. As Gospel Girls has grown, they have gained a polish and stage presence that indicated to director Roo Credit (or "Mr. Roo" as he is known to his students) that they were ready for new opportunities and a wider audience. So when he was invited to Spirit Weekend, an annual gospel festival in Bangor, ME, he thought it might be a perfect opportunity to bring his young protégés. While visiting the schoolhouse last February, the festival sponsors heard the Gospel Girls perform at a school event, and later extended an invitation to the group to join Mr. Roo for a weekend of singing and celebration. 

After their appearance at Spirit Weekend was scheduled, it was time for Mr. Roo and the 17 Upper School students who make up the Gospel Girls to prepare for the trip north—home stays were arranged with members of the congregation that puts on the festival and an additional performance was scheduled at Bangor High School. Of course, this being a visit to Maine, plans for whale-watching, boating, and lobster lunches were made, as well. Parents played a large role in helping everything come together: "The parents are very supportive and have been so generous," Mr. Roo says. "I'm grateful for that."

Joining the Gospel Girls crew for Spirit Weekend, which took place September 24–26, were Nightingale accompanist Jennifer Creek and physical education teacher Leslie Spalding, who provided percussion back-up. All in all, it turned out to be—as predicted—a remarkable journey. Katherine Lipman '12 and Ariana Silvan-Grau '12 wrote that they "were greeted warmly by our host family when we arrived late Thursday night and quickly made friends with our new roommates: three children under the age of eight. On Friday, despite the rain, everyone went site-seeing around Bar Harbor, went on a lobster boat called "The Lulu," and returned to our houses with bags of Bar Harbor souvenirs. We just returned from a BBQ lunch and tonight we will be singing at the church and hearing other gospel singers and groups, as well. We are sad to leave tomorrow, but are looking forward to telling everyone back home about this wonderful experience!" These are the kind of memories that make a Nightingale education that much richer.