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Through The Lens: Crowley Honors Choir

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When you think of Carnegie Hall names like Leonard Bernstein, Tchaikovsky, and the New York Philharmonic. No one would ever suspect an intermediate school from Texas would ever step on that stage. But next month one local choir will be a part of the concert by composer Greg Gilpin and Timothy Seelig.

I stopped in last week to hear the 109 fifth, sixth, a seventh graders that make up the Crowley Honors Choir as they practice for a once in a lifetime opportunity. Most of them have never sang in anything but a cafeteria or maybe a high school auditorium. Next month they will step on one of the most prestigious venues in the world.

They Choir was chosen last march by Gilpin himself . He told director Kathy Chiles he needed a children’s choir for his show and want the Crowley Honors Choir to make the trip to New York.

The children and parents have been working very hard to raise all the money they need to get everyone to New York and have raised almost all of it on their own but they are about $5000 short of taking all the members. They are asking for donations to make sure every child in the choir gets to go and experience this.

one of the students told me she feels like she’s a celebrity because only famous people get to preform at Carnegie hall. All the children are extremely excited to get this opportunity and they know it’s because they are one of the best choirs in the nation.

There is an old joke about Carnegie Hall that goes something like this: A pedestrian on 57th Street in Manhattan, stopped the famous violinist Jascha Heifetz and asked him “Could you tell me how to get to Carnegie Hall?” “Yes” Heifetz replied “Practice!” It’s that “practice” that is taking the Crowley Honors Choir to Carnegie Hall next month.

If you want to help these kids get to New York, donation can be sent to Crowley Honors Choir, P.O. Box 2288, Burleson, TX 76097.

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