A 15-Year-Old Maestro Will Conduct Mozart’s Requiem in Swarthmore


The Chester Children’s Chorus offers a unique performance of Mozart’s Requiem this Sunday under the baton of 15-year-old Daniel Peterkin, a sophomore at Archbishop Carroll High School, writes Christie Ileto for 6abc.

“It’s nerve-wracking, but I’ve had experience conducting the chorus,” said Peterkin.

The free public concert takes place 4 PM at Swarthmore College’s Lang Music Building.

This will be the first time in four years that the chorus has performed the Requiem. part of the Chester Children’s Chorus repertoire.

Peterkin will direct his brother, along with other high school-aged children, 30 adult choir members, professional soloists and a 23-piece orchestra.

“There’s a lot of emotions running through the mind,” Peterkin said. “Having the ability and opportunity to do something this great, and it’s something one doesn’t get the experience very often.”

He recognizes the blessing he’s received with this conducting opportunity.

“I think we need to work to make this opportunity for more students in Chester,” he said.

The chorus is a shining example of what is possible in Chester, a city that’s often referenced only for its poverty and crime.

Chorus founder John Alston said the program shows the endless potential of Chester’s children.

Read more about Daniel Peterkin and this unique performance of Mozart’s Requiem at 6abc.

Chester Children’s Chorus performs “I Go to the Rock”.

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