Lincoln High School Choir tunes upBy: Richard Pearl
Know and Go:
What: Two fundraisers for the Lincoln High School Choir trip to Pearl Harbor
First fundraiser: “Preview Performance” at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Lincoln Hills Community Church, 950 E. Joiner Drive
Second fundraiser: Performance with the Lincoln Hills Choir’s “Movie Music Memories” concert April 22 to April 24 in the Orchid Creek Ballroom, 965 Orchard Creek Lane
When you’ve performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, at concert halls in Europe and in special places such as Disneyland, you’re the Real Deal.
No, we’re not talking about a professional orchestra, opera company or string quartet; we’re talking about our very own Lincoln High School’s Choir.
The choir was formed in 1996 by Cindy Hagman and Paul Crabtree, longstanding music teachers in our school district.
There are currently 62 students (primarily sophomores, juniors and seniors) in the Elite Choir and another 22 students in the Select (traveling) Choir.
Their repertoire includes classical, modern and international songs. If you close your eyes and just listen, you wouldn’t believe that they are just teenagers; they sound that good.
Cindy says that she “continues to be amazed that the quality of the students seems to rise with each passing year. One might expect some ups and downs but these kids continue to be fantastic.”
One example of their success: the Select Choir took gold at the Heritage Festival in Anaheim, plus the coveted Maestro Award.
Asked which of the locations he has sung at was his favorite, senior Jonah Mentze said, “Salzburg was just over the top.”
On that tour, they also performed in Munich, Germany and Prague, Czech Republic.
It takes hours and hours of rehearsal to reach the levels of these choirs, in addition to all the practice at home. And then there’s all that schoolwork but as senior Emma Bradley said, “I just love to sing.”
The next stop for the Select Choir is a Pearl Harbor tour this June, themed “Let Freedom Ring.”
All of the tour trips are expensive and this one will cost $2,200 per student. There are no public funds for these trips.
The students have been saving for the past 18 months with various fund drives, culminating with a final “Preview Performance” Saturday at the Lincoln Hills Community Church (950 E. Joiner Drive) at 6 p.m.
They are also participating with the Sun City Lincoln Hills Choir’s “Movie Music Memories” performances April 22 to April 24 in the Orchid Creek Ballroom.
Please consider coming to these concerts, and perhaps as importantly, donating to this tour by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or at 916-645-6360.
Richard Pearl is a Lincoln resident.