Westminster Choir holds marathon music protest to stay in Princeton location
A 24-hour music protest by the Westminster Choir is over, but supporters are hoping it raises awareness so the choir doesn't have to move from its current location.
The protest happened at Princeton's historic Nassau Presbyterian Church.
Members of the music world, including choir singers, students and alumni took part in the choir and performance marathon to save the choir college.
"The typical protest is with picket signs, but we felt this was a more poignant way, and to show the skills that we have honed at Westminster Choir College," says Kimberly Reinagel, protest performance organizer.
The marathon was an effort to defy plans by Rider University to shut down the Westminster campus and sell the land.
Rider University officials are considering whether or not to close the Princeton campus and move the music college to the university's main campus a few miles away in Lawrenceville.
A decision has not been made about relocating the choir college, according to a Rider spokesman. If it happens, the university would consider selling the Princeton campus.
The university is looking to boost enrollment and faces a potential $13 million shortfall by 2019.
Some of the music performed at the protest was composed by Arturo Toscanini, Sergei Rachmaninov, and Leonard Bernstein.