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Group Featuring Hartt Alumni Will Perform on America's Got Talent Aug. 13
3 Penny Chorus and Orchestra, featuring Hartt School graduate and adjunct faculty member Colin Britt '07 and other Hartt alumni, will perform live on the popular NBC television show, America’s Got Talent, on Tuesday, Aug. 13, according to an announcement on the group's Facebook page.
Last week, 3 Penny Chorus and Orchestra advanced to the live performance round of America's Got Talent, which takes place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. After the group performs on Aug. 13, viewers will be able to vote for their favorite performers of the night, and those with the most votes will advance. The voting results will be announced on Wednesday, Aug. 14.
3 Penny Chorus and Orchestra is a large, all-volunteer group led by Britt and Yale graduate Arianne Abela. Last fall, they created a YouTube sensation with a choral and orchestral version of Carly Rae Jepsen's pop hit, Call Me Maybe, which was arranged and orchestrated by Britt.
See the group perform their version of Call Me Maybe during their initial audition for America's Got Talent.
Britt received a bachelor’s degree in composition from the University of Hartford's Hartt School in 2007, went on to earn a master’s degree from Yale, and will be a doctoral candidate at Rutgers University beginning this fall. Also performing in 3 Penny Chorus and Orchestra is Britt’s new bride, Victoria Thornsbury Britt '09, a soprano who also is a Hartt alumna (voice performance and music education).
Other members of the ensemble with Hartt School connections include: Tucker Barney '13 (trumpet performance), trumpet; Danielle Heller '07 (horn performance), French horn; Doug Perry (Community Division student), percussion; Sarah Reed MM '10 (voice performance), soprano; Peter Scuderi '12 (clarinet performance and music education), clarinet; and Jakob Voychick '07 (trombone performance and music education), trombone.