Students at Newark Boys Chorus School (NBCS) got their first look today at a new state-of-the-art Tech Hub Lab with a gala ribbon-cutting event held at the private middle school in downtown Newark.
The lab is the culmination of months of hard work and planning that turned an empty space into a room filled with high-tech equipment that will help launch the school into the 21st century.
Founded in 1969, NBCS provides a comprehensive, performance-based music program, along with a core academic curriculum.
The school’s music program begins with the Apprentice Chorus program for fourth and fifth grades, with students moving on to Concert Chorus in sixth through eighth grades.
The choruses join together each year to present the holiday concert in December and spring concert in early June. With a diversified repertoire that includes classical music, spirituals, folk music and jazz, the choruses have performed at world-renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center, as well as the White House and cathedrals throughout Europe.
The new lab now boasts five fully-equipped Apple Mac computers and Chromecast media-streaming devices, all provided by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. A 55-inch high-definition flat screen Smart TV and wall mount, donated by Wal-Mart, completes the tech space.
Roughly 30 Horizon employees invested their time and ingenuity to the project, completing the space in less than two months and personally donating many of the needed materials, including drywall, paint supplies, carpet tiles and artwork.