Archive for Thursday, September 29, 2005

LHS choirs to perform in New York City

September 29, 2005

Start spreading the news: They're leaving in March.

Lansing High School Sound Spectrum and Concert choirs will head to New York City during spring break to perform at a music festival.

While in New York, the choirs also will take in "all the typical tourist activities," choir director Jonnie Brice said, including trips to the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Empire State Building, Ground Zero memorial and a Broadway show.

The choirs travel to perform at a festival every other year, alternating with the band, Brice said. In the past, the choir has traveled to Disneyland and San Francisco and has taken two cruises, she said. She chose New York for this year's trip, Brice said, because there was a lot of interest within the choirs.

"I'd always wanted to go to New York, and a lot of the kids are interested in musical theater," she said.

Brice said she didn't think any of the students had been to New York previously.

"If they have, they want to go back," she said.

At the festival, Brice said the choirs will compete and be judged by retired choral directors.

Seventy-five students in the two choirs will make the trip, Brice said - if they can afford the $900 price tag. The cost is high partly because the choir will be flying instead of driving, Brice said.

To help students offset the bill, the choirs will sell Otis Spunkmeyer cookies, which are the brand sold in the school cafeteria, Brice said.

The choirs' other major fund-raiser is the annual Valentine's dinner show, Brice said. She said money from both the 2005 and 2006 shows would be used to defray students' cost.

Though the price is steep, Brice said many students had been able to afford the trip by some means - sometimes a community member sponsors a student, she said, and she has also seen students donate to each other.

"If a kid really wants to go, a way happens," Brice said.

The trip is scheduled for March 23-26.

Educational Tours Inc. compiled the itinerary for the trip. Brice said she picked the time and place, and the travel agency found the festival and scheduled sightseeing events.

The agency also will set up flights and hotel accommodations for the group and will provide insurance and transportation.

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