Boynton Beach Community High School's Dimensional Harmony show choir has performed for the likes of Donald Trump and opened for such gospel icons as the Mighty Clouds of Joy and Fred Hammond.
But winning the Today show's Show Choir Showdown last month was a first for the singing group led by Palm Beach Atlantic University alumnus Sterling Frederick.
Frederick and 20 members of the 50-member choir will head to New York City to perform before a national audience on the Today show during the 10 a.m. hour on Friday, Nov. 12. The group will perform September by Earth, Wind and Fire, the song that they performed in the winning video they submitted for the contest.
In an American Idol-style competition, viewers chose Dimensional Harmony over three other choirs from around the country, and the results were announced live on Oct. 22.
Frederick, who graduated from PBA in 1995 with a degree in music, said the group will spend about three days in New York City.
Since learning the news, the students are taking the added attention in stride, he said. "They're still stunned," he said. "It's still new to them."
Frederick has directed the chorus since the school opened in 2001. Over the years, the singers have grown accustomed to the spotlight. In addition to performing for audiences around the state, they have been invited several times to perform at Carnegie Hall.
That dream finally came true last year when Trump, former Palm Beach County Commissioner Addie Greene and others in the community helped the group raise the money needed to make the trip.
The choir plans to travel to another national competition again this spring, although the destination is undecided, Frederick said. Meanwhile, in addition to their regular performance schedule, the local celebrities have been chosen to be the grand marshals of the upcoming Boynton Beach holiday parade.