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Posted at 1:00 AM ET, 02/28/2011

How PS 22 chorus got to sing at Oscars

By Valerie Strauss

If you've never heard of the fifth-grade chorus of Public School 22 in Staten Island, New York, you surely will now. The kids performed at the conclusion of the Academy Awards, sounding as professional as the professionals.

The chorus at PS 22 in Graniteville, Staten Island, is a real glee club, directed by Gregg Breinberg and known for performing covers of pop songs, many of which are on YouTube videos which have collectively been viewed millions of times. Chorus members -- there are about 50 or 70 of them -- meet twice a week to practice and they perform at all kinds of events on and off school grounds.

At the Academy Awards, the kids sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and if they were nervous, they didn’t show it.

You can learn more about the chorus and see some of their videos at their blog,

Last December, Oscar co-host Anne Hathaway surprised the chorus at its winter concert and invited them to appear on the telecast. Here’s a video showing her appearance and the reaction of the kids:


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By Valerie Strauss  | February 28, 2011; 1:00 AM ET
Categories:  Anthony Cody  | Tags:  academy awards, anne hathaway, glee club, ps 22, ps 22 academy awards, ps 22 chorus, somewhere over the rainbow  
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