Friday, January 20, 2012

PS22 Chorus Is Shut Down?!

UPDATE: Glamour Magazine's website posted this video with very kind words about the chorus!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Edge of Glory!

After posting the outrageous version of Lady Gaga's "Edge of Glory" the PS22 Chorus of 2012 did with Ithacappella last week, we thought we'd share our original vision of the arrangement before our favorite fifth graders mixed it up with their college buds. Let's hear it for Daniel-san on the drums, Kiarah on the solo, and Ms. Lisa on the camera!

Saturday, January 14, 2012


Today the PS22 Chorus celebrates reaching 40,000,000 video views on its YouTube channel! Just crazy!! 'Nuff said!

I'll Keep It With Mine

Here's a song we started preparing at Friday's rehearsal to record this upcoming Tuesday, but the kids made such quick and excellent work of it, we decided to jump the gun and debut it this weekend! Here is the classic song "I'll Keep It With Mine" by Bob Dylan, covered by the extraordinary Nico and also notably by my childhood idol, Susanna Hoffs (from The Bangles, whom the PS22 Chorus was fortunate enough to perform with at the Tribeca Film Festival this past April). This version owes a lot to all three renditions obviously, but most notably the Hoffs rendition, as that was the one that introduced me to the song back in high school. Thanks to Ms. Laurie for doing such a great job filming her first official PS22 Chorus video!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

PS22 Chorus & Ithacappella 2012

Today the PS22 Chorus had its annual get-together with our college buddies, Ithacappella (the a cappella men's choir from Ithaca College), and I think it's safe to say that this year's was our best collaboration with the boys to date! The kids turned out 3 amazing numbers with their college counterparts, and every song was golden!

We started off with a brilliant take on "Edge of Glory" by PS22 Chorus fan Lady Gaga! (Also featured on Ithacappella's bridge is a medley of "Take On Me" by A-ha, "Someone Like You" by Adele, and "Firework" by Katy Perry!) Props to Kiarah for contributing her beautiful talent on the solo parts!

Here are the kids joining in (without any previous practice I should add) to Ithacappella's version of "Stereo Hearts" by Gym Class Heroes ft. Adam Levine from Maroon 5!!

And finally, here is the last video from our amazing day with Ithacappella! Here is "Someone Like You" by Adele!

UPDATE (1-12-12): Awesome review from New York Magazine & VH1's Best Week Ever praising the "Edge of Glory" cover!

UPDATE 1-13-12: "Edge of Glory" was featured and praised as "simply outstanding" on, the popular entertainment sight founded by actress/musician Zooey Deschanel, producer Sophia Rossi, and internet sensation, Molly McAleer!

Friday, January 06, 2012

What The Water Gave Me

PS22 Chorus of 2012 are back with a vengeance with this amazing cover of "What The Water Gave Me" by Florence & The Machine! (Florence was a fellow performer at this year's Academy Awards ceremony at which the PS22 Chorus gave its history-making performance of "Over The Rainbow!") The kids sound magnificent, and Thoryn, a Grade A individual with regard to both her sound and spirit, suits the song perfectly! MAJOR props go to her for such a passionate performance on her first solo!

UPDATE (1-8-12): Florence Welch tweeted to PS22 Chorus to acknowledge Thoryn and the kids for their performance of "What The Water Gave Me!" Check it out below!

Tuesday, January 03, 2012


Kevin and Kahlil put together their own version of "Grenade" by Bruno Mars, so we brought Daniel-san in on bongos and put the chorus on backup duty to get this great (and unintentionally amusing) spontaneous version of the mega-hit!

Sunday, January 01, 2012


The fans have spoken, and your favorite V V Brown / PS22 Chorus performance is "Children!"

Don't to forget to vote on our new January poll which asks for your favorite performance from our recent collaboration with 30 Seconds To Mars! Check out all the nominated videos on our 30 Seconds To Mars post!

Sinead O'Connor & Travie McCoy Are PS22 Fans!

PS22 Chorus can add Travie McCoy and Sinead O'Connor to the roster of its impressive celebrity fan club! Today, Sinead posted on her website:

"oh and do watch PS22 Chorus doing my song Jackie... Most beautiful, joyous thing I seen apart from me own children. Watch for kid going wild with excitement at end. SO wanna meet that kid one day. All of them. Anyone know how to get in touch with their teacher or school?"

Thrilled to hear this kind of praise from an artist whose brilliant music and talent have been a huge source of inspiration! Also wonderful to see an amazing tweet from Travie McCoy (most famous for his song "Billionaire"), who aside from his incredible solo career also acts as the lead singer of Gym Class Heroes! The PS22 Chorus recently covered the group's new song, "The Fighter!" Check out what Travie had to say below: