STORM LAKE — The Buena Vista University (BVU) Concert Choir was invited to Carnegie Hall in New York City to perform over spring break on March 26.

Alexis Bardwell, a sophomore in digital media from Van Meter, was among those performing.

“The experience provided students the well-deserved opportunity to showcase their hard work and talent on an internationally recognized stage,” said Dr. Merrin Guice, assistant professor of music and director of vocal music at BVU.

The choir spent their 2015-16 school year preparing to compete in the Riva Del Garda International Choir Competition in Riva Del Garda, Italy, and won first place in the mixed repertoire competition there and second place in the sacred competition. During that international competition, a recording was made and sent to Manhattan Concert Productions for audition and review. After listening to the submission, the company invited BVU's Concert Choir to perform a spotlight debut performance at the opening of a choral-orchestral concert of the Schubert “Mass in G” in New York City. The choir also performed three other pieces under the direction of Guice.

“This was a highly selective process, and we are honored to have been the only choral ensemble to perform,” said Guice. “This was a special event in the life of the music department and BVU.”

To prepare for their Carnegie Hall performance, the choir rehearsed every day-sometimes twice a day-throughout the week while they were in in New York City.

“To be chosen and featured to perform on a world-class stage was awe-inspiring and humbling,” added Guice. “The experience wouldn't have been possible without the tireless work and dedication of our students.”

In addition to the choir's Carnegie Hall appearance, the group also had the chance to perform at the University of Massachusetts Lowell on March 22 due to the connections Guice made while she was attending a conductor's conference in Italy in 2015.