Phs Modern Choir Invited To Perform In Carnegie Hall

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The Payson High School Modern Choir and music instructor Larry Potvin have been invited to participate in a performance of "Schubert's Mass in G Major" in Carnegie Hall on Monday, June 11, 2007. Members of the choir will join with other choruses selected from throughout North America to form a festival chorus, accompanied by the New England Symphonic Ensemble, conducted by Dr. David Thye.

Dr. Thye, Conductor-in-Residence for MidAmerica Productions, said, "The chorus received this invitation because of the quality of musicianship demonstrated by the singers and the exceptional recommendation given by Mr. Potvin's choral colleagues. It is an elite honor to be invited to perform in Carnegie Hall. These wonderful musicians not only represent the quality of music and education within the institution, but they also become ambassadors for the entire community. This is an event of extreme pride for everybody and deserving of the community's recognition and support. We would like to encourage all business owners, civic leaders, and the general public to be generous in their financial support for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

For anyone who would like to help contribute to sending a singer to Carnegie Hall, contact Larry Potvin at Payson High School or donate to Credit for Kids, Attn: Modern Choir.

The singers will spend five days/four nights in New York City in preparation for their concert.

"The choir will spend approximately 9 to 10 hours in rehearsals during the five-day residency, culminating in a performance in Carnegie Hall with professional orchestra and soloists," Thye said. "Not all of the time is spent in rehearsals, though, since there is so much history and culture to experience in New York City. However, the performance in Carnegie Hall is the primary purpose for their visit to the city."

This experience could be the most beneficial events the Payson High School Modern Choir has ever experienced, but it will not be possible without the help of the community. If you would like to help out, call Potvin at (928) 474-2233 or e-mail at lpotvin@pusd.com.

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