Angel City Chorale Sings in the Semi-finals

Angel City Chorale performs  on ‘America’s Got Talent’
Photo: Trae Patton/NBC

Angel City Chorale Needs Votes


Now that the Angel City Chorale has advanced to the “America’s Got Talent” semi-finals and will be on the second semi-final show on Tuesday, September 11. The chorale, which features as many as 160 singers, has been in intense rehearsals, preparing for the semis.

There are seven Palisadians in the Chorale: Harry Eden, Norman Helgeson, Kathy Jackson, Marian Niles, Jahna Perricone, Cheryl Robinson and Adam Wolman.

The first semi-final show was held September 4, with five acts (Michael Kettereer, Shin Lim, Zurcaroh, Duo Transcend and Samuel J. Camroe) moving onto to the finals.

On Tuesday, the remaining acts perform and, along with the Angel City Chorale, they  include The PAC Dance Team,  the band We Three, singer Courtney Hadwin, stand-up comedienne Vicki Barbolak, dance group Da RepubliK, opera singer Daniel Emmet, singer Noah Guthrie, singer Glennis Grace, electric violinist Brian King Joseph and Aaron Crow. Six of these 11 acts will be eliminated, and every vote counts.

While members of the Angel City Chorale are tuning their vocal cords in advance of Tuesday’s performance on the hot NBC talent show “America’s Got Talent,” fans should be reviewing the options for voting, so the chorale can get enough votes to move to the coveted finals. (Options for voting are listed below.)

Months ago, when the Angel City Chorale was just starting its rise on the show, I asked the chorale’s founder and conductor, Sue Fink, to fantasize about the group winning the $1 million prize.

Angel City Chorale founder and conductor Sue Fink speaks to the judges.
Photo: Vivian Zink/NBC

With a little coaxing, she went with it, and said “let’s just have that fantasy for a minute. We would be able to do some more of our community programs.”

Those programs include a yearly “Tour of Hope,” bringing song and gifts during the holidays to underserved areas of Los Angeles.

Fink also said winning would allow the chorale to do more of the sort of thing they did last spring. They worked with a foundation to bring “very, very poor kids” from South Africa to L.A. to perform in concert with the chorale and to show them a world beyond their own.

And, among many other things, winnings from AGT would enable the chorale to commission new musical works, spreading their good fortune to others in the musical community.

A few months ago, Fink didn’t think it was possible for a choir to win “America’s Got Talent.” Now, it looks very possible. She says “of course, everybody in the Palisades maybe voting could help!”

Voting will begin when the word is given during Tuesday’s live show in the Eastern Time zone. That word will be repeated during the 8 p.m. show to the West Coast. Voting ends at 4 a.m. Pacific Time, the next morning, Wednesday, September 12.

The finals will take place on September 18.

To vote:

  1. Online at
  2. Call a toll-free number provided during the broadcast.
  3. Download the “America’s Got Talent” App and use it to vote. NBC says that’s the easiest and quickest way to vote.
  4. – Xfinity X1 customers can vote via their set-top box by saying “Vote for AGT” into the X1 voice remote or by pressing the remote’s Info button.

You can vote 10 times by each method for every email address you register and use.

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