AFHS concert choir performs at fundraiser
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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Austintown Fitch High School concert choir member McKenzie Ludt sang a solo, “I Just Might,” for family and friends at the choir’s fundraiser.
Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Members of the Austintown Fitch High School concert choir came together to sing “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood at the choir’s fundraiser on Aug. 6.
Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Austintown Fitch High School concert choir member Hannah Rosser performed “Someone Like You” during the choir’s fundraiser at Woodside Community Garden on Aug. 6.
By ABBY SLANKER
Austintown Fitch High School concert choir members hosted a fundraiser at the Woodside Community Garden to raise funds for their upcoming trip to New York City where they will perform in Carnegie Hall under the direction of Eric Whitacre, Grammy-winning composer.
Under the direction of Austintown High School alumni and Austintown High School Choir Director Bill Klein, the students opened the concert with “100 Years of Broadway” by Mac Huff.
Following the performance, several students performed solos and duets for the audience of family and friends. The choir ended their performance by coming together again to sing “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood and then invited any alumni in attendance to join them in singing “Amen.”
The choir also sold food, 50/50 raffle tickets and accepted donations for their trip.
The concert choir will travel to New York City April 5-8, 2018. The choir was selected by Whitacre to perform at Carnegie Hall based on their high level of musicianship along with their high quality audition tape.
Due to the high cost of the trip, the 52-member choir is planning several fundraisers in the coming months, including a Sip for a Cause Oct. 5, to help offset students’ cost.
“Thank you for coming out tonight. How about these kids? Awesome, right? I just wanted to say the support we have for this trip is absolutely incredible. We are really looking forward to New York City. And while in New York, we will be remembering our mission of honoring our veterans with a performance at the Lions Veterans’ Hospital in New York City. Our main priority is entertaining and serving those who have served,” Klein said.