Phs Choir Presents Spring Concert Tuesday

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When Modern Choir member Jami Flake heard that the Payson High School Choir had been invited to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York, she was ecstatic.

"It is a great, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Flake said. We get to sing with other schools from around the country and perform with the New England Symphony Orchestra."

Noted conductor David Thye will lead the choir through "Schubert's Mass in G Major."

"The music goes through a kyrie, a gloria, a credo, the sanctus et benediction and the agnus dei," choir member Aaron Meidinger said.

"The music is difficult because it is all in Latin and the rhythm is challenging," choir member Shauna Curtis said. "But it is fun because it is so different from any song we have ever done and it is so long."

Students have been practicing every Tuesday evening for the June 8 through 12 event.

"This will be the first time these students will perform with such a professional group of musicians," said PHS music teacher Larry Potvin.

"Plus, our students will work with other students from around the country and learn a great deal about singing, musicianship and compare themselves with other high school students."

Twenty Modern Choir members will fill one of the world's most prestigious music venues with their voices in mid-June if they can raise an additional $6,544.

This basic cost for each student includes airfare, room and board and some meals.

Credit for Kids dollars donated in 2006 have helped. People who wish to donate 2007 CfK money specifically to the event can do so through the Payson Unified School District Office.

A trip to New York would be a highlight of the students' high school experience.

The students would like to earn another $5,000. This money would enable them to visit the Statue of Liberty, pay their respects at Ground Zero and attend a Broadway play. They will also need money for transportation and some of their meals in the Big Apple.

The students successfully held a fry bread dinner, performed Singing Valentines on Feb. 14 and have sung at area parties for donations. They have plans for future events to raise funds that will take place this month.

The Mixed and Modern Choir will present their spring concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, in the Payson High School auditorium.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and $2 for students with a Pride Card. There will also be a bake sale at the concert. Half the proceeds for ticket sales will go toward the New York trip and half to the Mixed Choir.

The trip to Carnegie Hall is "One of the greatest learning experience of my life and, most likely, their lives," Potvin said.

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