Holiday cheer spreads with the acclaimed NWSA High School Choir Holiday Concert

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NWSA High School choir with Dr. Leslie Alan DenningMiami – New World School of the Arts gears up for the ever-popular NWSA High School Choir Holiday Concert, this year – for the first time – led by choir director Dr. Leslie Alan Denning. This annual feature has delighted South Florida’s public for decades and will offer the opportunity for our community to cometogether and celebrate the holiday season. Joined by the South Miami Middle School Concert Chorus, directed by Eric Firestone, the program will feature works from Bach’s Magnificat, Fauré’s Requiem as well as holiday favorites.

The Holiday Concert will be held on Friday, December 5; 7:30 PM at Trinity Cathedral. 464 NE 16 Street, downtown Miami. General admission $10 / Students and seniors $5. Tickets at

Daniel Andai, Dean of Music at NWSA expressed, “I am pleased to announce Dr. Denning’s Inaugural Holiday Concert this season. The collaboration between the New World School of the Arts Concert Choir and South Miami Middle School Concert Chorus is yet another exciting example of our engagement within the community. I invite you to join us for this wonderful occasion to start this holiday season off together!”
“I am excited to hear the beautiful sound of the choir fill the Trinity Cathedral,” said Dr. Denning.
About Dr. Denning: A native North Carolinian, Dr. Leslie Alan Denning completed his undergraduate studies in music at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, sponsored in part by the prestigious Bryan Scholarship and various awards for academic achievement.  Dr. Denning accepted scholarships for graduate studies at the University of Miami, completing the Masters of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees with recognition by Pi Kappa Lambda for his achievements. His other studies include performance and language studies in Salzburg, Austria and master classes with prominent names in vocal music such as Eleanor Steber and Birgit Nilsson. Dr. Denning’s performance experience spans the worlds of art song as well as opera. His teaching has been recognized by faculty and staff with Teacher of the Year awards at his school sites, and by the Grammy Foundation as one of the top music educators in the United States for the last two years.
Music at NWSA: The academic music curriculum at NewWorld School of the Arts fosters creativity and develops knowledge of musical heritage. Course work strives to develop the student's growth and maturity in comprehensive musicianship. The study of music history and theory is pursued by taking a variety of classes including foundations of music; surveys of music history in the western world, jazz and pop music in America, and music of the world's people; and seminars in composition aesthetics, jazz improvisation,chamber music, and general musicianship. Areas of concentration include piano, instrumental, composition and vocals.
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. Information about the NWSA Music program is available by calling 305-237-7855 or visiting
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Photos: Dr. Denning conducting the NWSA High School Choir. Photo courtesy of NWSA