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One local high school choir may be singing their way to the big apple this spring if each student can raise enough money to go. KSMU’s Kristian Kriner reports.
These “oos” and “ahs” are what got the choir at Logan-Rogersville High School a trip to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City this coming May.
But with the struggling economy, now comes the hard part: paying for the trip.
The choir as a whole needs to raise 120,000 dollars to pay for travel expenses. This means each student, needs to raise 1,700 dollars by March.
Travis Graham, the high school’s choir director, says it’s difficult to raise that much money in these hard economic times, but he’s still hopeful.
“My hope and my goal was to have very little come out of the students’ accounts because there are students who can absolutely not afford the trip and then there are kids who have already written their check for the full amount. We’re trying to get sponsors and fundraisers and opportunities available for every child to participate,” Graham said.
Graham says he wants all 54 students to be able to work with professional musicians and experience this exciting and educational trip.
The choir students have been selling raffle tickets, writing letters for donations and selling tea at sporting events to raise money.
Senior Vanessa Lea says all the fundraising will be worth it when they get to New York City.
“Fundraising is hard. It is tedious and it takes a lot of guts to ask people for money because that’s kind of a pride issue with a lot of people I think. But this opportunity is worth it to go all the way to New York, so fundraising is worth it, hard but worth it,” Lea said.
Lea says the entire choir deserves to perform in Carnegie Hall, because she feels every student has worked hard.
“I think it’s a really great opportunity for the kids that are in choir who don’t get to go anywhere. Because we’re Rogersville, we’re a pretty rural school and so there’s a lot of kids who never get to travel out of the state of Missouri, let alone all the way to New York City, so there are a lot of them that are really excited about it,” Lea said.
Travis Graham says his choir will go regardless of whether all the students make the trip, but he hopes everyone will meet their fundraising goals.
“I think in the end after we’ve experienced it and have been there and have returned. We can sit back and just say ‘we experienced something amazing.’ I think that will create in them a sense of accomplishment, a sense of well-being and just boosting their self-esteem,” Graham said.
The choir has raised about a quarter of the total money needed so far, and they are waiting on responses from several grant proposals.
For KSMU News, I’m Kristian Kriner.