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Help the Lincoln High Choir perform at Carnegie

Selected students to take the N.Y. stage April 7
By: Patty McAlpin Lincoln News Messenger reporter
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Lincoln High School advanced choir students are raising money to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City next April. “Since the choir performed at Carnegie Hall two years ago, we were welcomed to send an audition tape,” the school’s choir teacher Cindy Hagman said. “We had to send an audition tape so they could make sure we were still at the level they needed us to be. We worked hard last spring. Most of the students who went last time have graduated. I had to train new members to that level. It’s astounding that we get to go back, based on an audition with a brand new group of kids.” Thirty-five students from the advanced choir first passed an individual audition with Hagman. Most of the choir members going to Carnegie Hall are seniors but a couple are freshman. “I determine if they are up to the task,” Hagman said. “It’s highly unusual to send a freshman unless they’ve been training vocally for many years.” Hagman said the master conductor will be sending music the choir will learn in November. “Usually, it is college-level material,” Hagman said. “The students I approved can read and learn the music. It takes some training. The big thing is once they have learned the foundation, we will see how well they blend with 365 other singers from across the country under a master conductor in New York.” The students participating in the April 7 performance will sing six college-level numbers ranging from classical to modern. They will rehearse the music for 12 hours first. During the trip from April 5 to April 9, the students will go to a Broadway show, the NBC “Today Show” with a chance to be seen on national television, and tour Radio City Music Hall. “It was definitely a life-changing experience,” said Gabe Fanire, 17, a senior who sang at Carnegie Hall two years ago. “It was more than I expected.” Freshman Katie Camerer, 14, said she is excited to go on the trip. “I’m looking forward to seeing Broadway,” said Camerer, who has sung since she was 10-years-old and doing musical theater for nine years. “I love the fact that I get to sing at Carnegie Hall. I feel blessed to be able to sing with such an amazing choir.” The trip costs $2,488 per student. The choir’s goal is to raise $65,000 by Feb. 1. Choir members have been fundraising since May. Carnegie Fest is the choir’s major fund-raiser for the trip from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6 at Lincoln High School and includes Lincoln’s largest yard sale, a kickball tournament, choir entertainment and Hagman’s group Cross Kulture, barbecue and activities for children. A motorcycle run also is planned. Registration is at 9 a.m. The run starts at 10 a.m. Cost is $25 per rider and $40 per couple and includes lunch. Community members can donate items for the choir to sell or set up a booth for $25. Call Tonya Duran at 764-4484 for information. To sign up for the kickball tournament, call Mona Bass at 645-5965. The participation limit is 16 teams with 10 registered members per team. The grand prize is $100. Students are also washing cars to raise money for the trip from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first and third Sunday of each month in the parking lot of Neck and Back Pain at the corner of Highway 65 and First Street.