Archive for Thursday, March 23, 2006

LHS choir ready to take on Big Apple

March 23, 2006

If they have little-town blues, surely those will melt away today once the Lansing High School choirs arrive in New York.

Forty-four students - about two-thirds of the members of the LHS concert choir and Sound Spectrum - are traveling to New York for a weekend of performing and sightseeing with choir director Jonnie Brice and several parent chaperones.

The students will perform as one choir at a festival on Friday, Brice said, where a panel of three judges will critique them and put on a short clinic.

For the rest of the time, the students will visit Times Square, Central Park, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and will attend "Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway before returning Sunday night.

To prepare for the trip, Brice said the most time had been devoted to rehearsing, in and out of class, and fundraising.

Brice said both the Booster Club and Vocal Music Club had donated money for the trip, which kept the price down to about $925 per student. Plus, each student will receive a $20 refund once they arrive because the travel company had overcharged the group, Brice said.

The students had one final rehearsal Wednesday before the trip. Earlier this week, Brice said she felt positive going into the festival.

"I'm very impressed at how they're sounding," she said.

With all the legwork behind them, the students were scheduled to leave Kansas City about 6:30 a.m. today.

Brice said Tuesday she felt prepared.

"We're about ready to hit the road," she said.

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