“I wanted to teach them [‘Rise Up’] because it was an uplifting song, an encouraging song,” said Hardison, a music teacher at Cardinal Shehan for more than two decades.
In the video, Hardison is seen directing the singers in her classroom. In order of appearance, the soloists are Kai Young (sixth grade), John Paige (sixth grade), Bryana Hardison (fourth grade, and the teacher’s daughter) and Carlyse Blackwell (fifth grade). The performance for the gala featured a portion of the entire choir, which has nearly 100 members, Hardison said.
While the choir has no public performances scheduled in the near future, Hardison said she has already received inquiries about future performances and will likely post more choir videos on social media.