Elmira, N.Y.(WENY)-- One local high school choir is gearing up to sing at a historic venue in New York City. The Notre Dame Choir will perform in a concert at Carnegie Hall in March. While that's a few months away, they're holding a fundraising concert Monday night with some special guests.
"They were able to do this because of the fact that they have gotten gold ratings in different competitions they have done, different festivals that they have gone to in 2015 and 2016," says Susan Tanner, a Library Media Specialist at Notre Dame High School, who works with the choir.
This is the second year in a row the Notre Dame Choir, directed by Krista Easton, will be performing at Carnegie Hall. They will sing with the National Youth Choir during the concert. Students say it's an amazing feeling singing in such a historic venue.
"It's beautiful, it's a kind of place that some people dream about singing, but never get to, and we're lucky enough to have that opportunity," says Gary Raupers, a senior at Notre Dame High School.
Monday night, students are putting on a concert to raise money for their trip to Carnegie Hall. The public is invited to the performance at 7:00 in the Notre Dame Auditorium. The show will feature the Notre Dame Choir, of course, along with special guests.
"The benefit concert is going to feature Ithacapella, which is an all-mall collegiate a capella group that is based at Ithaca College// A grant from the community foundation of Elmira, Corning, and the Finger Lakes, they gave a thousand dollar grant to support arts and education. They are using some of that grant to bring Ithacapella here," Tanner explains.
For seniors Gary Raupers and Juliana Bunnell, performing at Carnegie Hall is something they'll remember for the rest of their lives
"It's really amazing to be able to do it twice and share the stage that has been taken by so many important artists and different kinds of musicians," Bunnell says.
Both Raupers and Bunnell have been there before, and they have advice for their fellow choir members who will be taking the stage for the first time.
"Just to soak it all in and absorb as much as you can from the people around you and our conductors," Bunnell explains. "Just make sure that you remember it for the rest of your life because it's going to be one of the greatest memories you ever have," Raupers adds.
Once again, the fundraiser concert starts at 7:00 at the Notre Dame Auditorium, featuring Ithacapella. There is no admission fee, but a donation is suggested. Even if you can't attend the concert, you can still help out by donating money to their trip. The choir has a GoFundMe account, which you can go to by clicking on this link: www.gofundme.com/NDCarnegie.