Carnegie Hall in the NYC Marathon: Adams and Margo's Story
In the final part of our series profiling members of Carnegie Hall's ING New York City Marathon team, and the people and communities their efforts support, we meet Adams Holman and learn about Margo Sorace and her class at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens.
Choir Director Margo Sorace's class at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts is made up of special-needs students. Last year, her class participated in Carnegie Hall's Perelman American Roots, studying African American spirituals, drawing musical links between slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, and today's gospel music.
To prepare the class for writing a spiritual of its own, Margo taught a lesson about mottos. When she asked what the students tell themselves to get through the day, a young man blurted out, "Survive the Day." That is what became the class motto, as well as the title and theme of the spiritual that they wrote. The class was thrilled when it got to perform "Survive the Day" in Zankel Hall last spring.
"Carnegie Hall has given more to more students than I could have ever imagined," Margo said. "Music gave my kids a needed boost in self-esteem, a sense of accomplishment, and a memory that will never fade. It's been the experience of a lifetime—what a dream come true."
Adams Holman, Assistant Managing Editor at Carnegie Hall, vividly remembers his first piano lesson. He was a nervous five-year-old, unsure of what to expect as he walked through the door of his teacher's studio.
He had no idea that this experience laid the foundation for one of the most important aspects of his life—music—leading to him studying classical piano performance at Tulane University, followed by a master's degree in musicology from Yale, leading to a career in music.
Adams runs for Carnegie Hall to help give students everywhere the same access to music that the students at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts enjoy and that has been so influential to him.
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