The Choraliers have an invitation to return to Carnegie Hall this spring - but first need help raising money for the trip.
The 41-member group hopes to perform March 8 at the historic music venue in New York. They will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Dona Nobis Pacem (Give Us Peace)” as part of a mass choir made up of collegiate and high school singers from around Ohio.
But first, they need to raise a final $15,000 to participate in the March 5-9 excursion, including attending workshops, rehearsals, and the performance itself.
The Choraliers already have support from the Ottawa Hills Music & Theatre Association, the Ottawa Hills Schools Parent Association, and alumni Pete and Amy Kadens.
The next fundraising event is Tuesday, Nov. 19, through Thursday, Nov. 21, when DOMO Sushi donates a percentage of all sales to the Choraliers. Everyone is welcome and there is no need to identify an affiliation with Ottawa Hills; just visit and eat! The restaurant is at 6725 W. Central Ave. (southwest corner of Central and McCord); its hours on those days are 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.
“With your help, the vibrant legacy of the Choraliers will grow and thrive with this adventure,” said Donna Tozer Wipfli, vocal music director at Ottawa Hills High School.
This would be the Choraliers second Carnegie Hall appearance. They performed in March 2016 as part of the Masterworks Festival Chorus. They sang Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” and Eriks Esenvalds’ “Trinity Te Deum.” They also made trips to Chicago in 2014, 2017 and 2018.
“Four years ago, my sister was lucky enough to perform at Carnegie Hall and she talked about how life-changing the experience was,” said Choralier and senior Catherine Byrne. “Singing in a large, advanced choir as well as going to New York City with our choir will be an incredible learning and bonding experience for everyone. I am thrilled that we get the opportunity to learn from talented singers and college choral directors about the profound impact music can have on us all.”
Added Choralier and senior Robert Kanarowski: “If the upcoming Carnegie Hall trip is anything like a previous Choraliers' trip, then it is sure to be a life-changing experience for all involved,” he said. “The 2017 trip to Chicago showed me the intricacies of music and how much hard work goes into making music of the highest quality.”
Donations are tax-deductible and can be made online through a GoFundMe campaign or via check (made out to the Ottawa Hills Music & Theatre Association) and delivered to Mrs. Wipfli's attention at the high school.
Questions: Contacts Mrs. Wipfli at firstname.lastname@example.org.