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Statesboro Youth Chorale now raising money for trip to NYC

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Statesboro Youth Chorale now raising money for trip to NYC

Sarah Hancock, bottom center, directs members of the Statesboro Youth Chorale in a recent performance. The Chorale is raising money to participate in a choir festival at Carnegie Hall in New York City this summer.

    Every performer dreams of performing at Carnegie Hall. 
    That dream soon will come true for a group of local students this summer. The students are members of the Averitt Center’s Statesboro Youth Chorale, and they have accepted an invitation to participate in the 2014 Choirs of America National Choir Festival in New York City. 
    Several choirs will convene this summer and perform in the famed Carnegie Hall. The invitation is extended to some of the best children’s choirs in the nation.
    The Statesboro Youth Chorale is directed by Sarah Hancock and Dr. Michael Braz. They work with the students throughout the year to prepare them. 
    “It is thrilling to see the depth and level of talent in the Chorale and it is an honor to foster and encourage their success,” said Tim Chapman, executive director of the Averitt Center. “In doing so we complete the mission of the Averitt Center for the Arts. I encourage you to dig deep and support them financially so they can represent our community and the Averitt with pride in New York.”
    It will cost about $1,300 per chorister to complete the trip. Throughout the year, the children have participated in fundraising events, from selling candy bars to singing telegrams. They are having one final fundraising drive to help get them to Carnegie Hall.
    The Chorale will hold a yard sale on Saturday, April 5, in the parking lot of AgSouth on South Main Street in Statesboro. They also are having a Boston butt sale and are asking people to pre-purchase a Boston butt for $30 by Wednesday, which can be be picked up during the yard sale.
Contact Tony Phillips at the Averitt at (912) 212-2787 or a member of the Chorale, and they can help you donate or sponsor a choir member.
“With your support this will truly be the opportunity of a lifetime for these choristers,” Hancock said. “They have worked hard and deserve this very much. Who knows, this might be the inspiration that opens the door of opportunity for one of these students.”

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