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Chamber Choir Performs at Association of Fire Chiefs’ Annual Conference Memorial Service

chamber choir poses for group photoOn June 13, four Whitesboro High School Chamber Choir members performed at the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs’ 116th Annual Conference Memorial Service, held at the Oncenter in Syracuse, New York.

The New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC) holds its conference each June, featuring a memorial service to honor those who have fallen within the last year. During the memorial service, Myeada Kolison and Skye Buffa honored America and Canada by singing “The Star Spangled Banner” and “O Canada.” Leola Johnson and Erin Gaffney honored the fallen by singing “The Lord’s Prayer” and “Ave Maria.” At the conclusion of the memorial service, all four singers performed “On Eagle’s Wings” as a final tribute to those being honored. This year’s memorial service felt particularly poignant and moving, as several of the fallen fire chiefs were local Oneida County residents.

The NYSAFC is a not-for-profit, service-oriented organization founded in 1904 by 60 chiefs from across the state who were interested in sharing mutual concerns and solutions for the benefit of the fire service. Today, it is one of the largest fire chiefs associations in the world and its focus now encompasses the needs and concerns of all of the emergency services.

The Chamber Choir ladies performed with poise and professionalism, honoring our country and the fallen with their voices. It has been our honor and privilege to provide this service for the NYSAFC for the past eight years, and we thank Whitesboro Central School District Board of Education Vice President and NYSAFC member Brian McQueen for his continual invitation and dedication to use student voices from Whitesboro for this service. We were honored yet again this year to provide a public service to this organization and its mission. We would also like to thank Mrs. Karen Corigliano, who provides her lovely accompaniment to many of Whitesboro High School’s concerts and performances.