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Group Featuring Hartt Alumni Performs Live on America's Got Talent – See Video!
3 Penny Chorus and Orchestra, featuring Hartt School graduate and recent adjunct faculty member Colin Britt '07 and other Hartt alumni, performed live Tuesday night (Aug. 13) on the popular NBC television show, America’s Got Talent. The performance took place at the iconic Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
The group performed a choral and orchestral version of Taylor Swift's pop hit, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.
See the group's performance on Tuesday's live show.
After Tuesday night's show, viewers were able to vote for their favorite acts of the night. The voting results will be announced tonight (Wednesday, Aug. 14) beginning at 9 p.m. on NBC. Twelve acts performed on Tuesday, and the four acts with the most votes will advance to the next round of competition.
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.
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; Emmett Drake '08 (composition), violin; 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.