Posted in music on January 28, 2011

PS 22

"The PS22 Chorus is an elementary school chorus from Public School 22 in Graniteville, Staten Island (New York). It is composed of 60-70 fifth-graders, and is directed by Gregg Breinberg. Students are assigned to the chorus after an annual auditioning process at the beginning of each school year. PS22 is the largest elementary school in Staten Island which draws students from a wide cross section of ethnic groups and socio-economic levels. The chorus meets twice a week during school hours to practice, and performs throughout the year at school functions, local events, and on special requests. It has been featured on several major national news and music networks after its videos had gained international attention within the popular video-sharing site YouTube. As of January, 2011 the chorus's videos have been watched more than 27,000,000 times." [Wikipedia]
PS22's view counts are only going to keep getting higher now that they've been invited to perform on this year's Academy Awards (at the Feb. 27th ceremony in Los Angeles). Congrats to them! Check out a video with some of their reactions after hearing the news below.

Their first appearance on this site came when they appeared on stage with Crowded House at Wellmont Theater. You might also know them as the children's chorus you hear on Passion Pit's "The Reeling."

Check out some brand new videos below, shot by filmmaker Jonathan Kalafer, of the group during some improv sessions and one of them doing an acoustic version of MGMT's "Kids" (a song they were already famous for covering). A recent one of the chorus covering Freelance Whales and some other ones are down there too...

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PS22 Chorus OSCAR-whelmed!

PS 22 Improv Session 2 - Azaria, Denise, and Mr. B

PS22 Chorus Improv "SUNSHINE" by Azaria, Denise, Mr. B

PS22 Chorus "Kids" MGMT (new PRO SHOT Acoustic Version)

PS22 Chorus "KIDS" by MGMT (October 2010 original)

PS22 Chorus "HANNAH" by Freelance Whales

Kylie Minogue & PS22 Chorus "Can't Get You Out of My Head"

"ON NATURE" Matisyahu, DP Dave Holmes & PS22 Chorus at 92nd Street Y

PS22 Chorus "THIS MUST BE THE PLACE (NAIVE MELODY)" The Talking Heads

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Comments (19)

awesome!

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2011 10:19 AM

That is a great expierence for the kids..Great to see some schools saring the wealth and value of music!

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2011 10:30 AM

^ I meant sharing the wealth

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2011 10:44 AM

The Oscar-whelmed video is amazing

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2011 10:46 AM

Those kids are the best. Congratulations!

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2011 10:49 AM

This is great! Congrats!

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2011 10:56 AM

This seems a little creepy. Their reactions all mimic what they've watched on 'American idol' and 'glee' -- not real humans. When they see this video of themselves in seven years, they are going to so embarrassed.

And that choir director's pony tail gives everyone douche-chills.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2011 11:18 AM

I never complain about peoples comments around here but, 11:18, you are an idiot. Creepy? Come on, faceless internet person. Kids doing something creative, positive - singing great songs.

Posted by GardenGrassCrap | January 28, 2011 11:31 AM

I love this teacher - and these kids are great! Havin fun making music :)

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2011 11:39 AM

Kids say the darnedest thing!

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2011 11:41 AM

This is truly amazing! Anyone who hates on this...even on this snarky site...is a sad and bitter person indeed.

Posted by anonypus | January 28, 2011 11:49 AM

who's the grown loser STILL wearing a pony tail???

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2011 12:07 PM

11:18. You're right. Kids in real life never get overexcited when big things happen to them.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2011 12:28 PM

"who's the grown loser STILL wearing a pony tail???"

Who's the jealous anonymous commenter?

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2011 12:58 PM

"Who's the jealous anonymous commenter?"

Probably some jock who beat up on kids who could sing and guys who had ponytails

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2011 12:59 PM

great job! really cool stuff. and 11:18 you are a fucking looser why try and shit on something that is great.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2011 1:33 PM

11:18 watches American Idol! haha!

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2011 2:02 PM

THAT FIRST VIDEO IS THE BEST THING IVE SEEN ALL DAY

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2011 3:34 PM

cool man ^^ thank you

Posted by انمي | February 28, 2011 10:09 PM

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