Residents have an opportunity to see some really good local talent and support the Peru High School Swing Choir Tuesday evening.
Dr. Jason Gornto, Choir Director for Peru High School, will be hosting a concert with the Swampwater Stompers, Mark (Olson) and Troy (Miller), and the PHS Swing Choir Tuesday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Peru High School auditorium.
The PHS Swing Choir has been invited to participate in the National Youth Choir performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City on May 1 at 8:30 p.m.
“The Swing Choir Kids have been raising money and fund raising their way to New York City,” said Dr. Gornto. ”The group of 19 kids is scheduled to fly to New York on April 29. They will be in New York for four days and on May 1st will be performing at Carnegie Hall. The kids have already raised about three quarters of the money so far. They are responsible for their own trip and each trip is about $1300. And it’s only through find raisers that they have been able to do this. So we are in our last big push right now”
Dr. Gornto said he sent in six audition tapes of the choir in prior to their selection to participate. He also said the group has many activities planned.
“We are going to see Phantom of the Opera, the Empire State Building, Times Square, China town,” Dr. Gornto said. “We will spend about half of our time in rehearsals for the big concert. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for the kids. We are flying out. Most of the students have never flown before, and most of the students have never been to New York before, so this is a really unique experience for them. We are trying not to do too much that costs above and beyond because we have such a high percentage of students in Peru Schools that are on free and reduced lunches. And to help them with this opportunity is really a good way for us to help these gives and give them an experience they might not have otherwise had.“
The Swampwater Stompers and Mark & Troy have all offered to donate their time to give the fund raising concert on Tuesday in order to help send the group of 19 kids to New York City to perform.
The concert will be at the Peru High School auditorium at 7 p.m. The cost is $5 per person.
Dr. Gornto said they will also will be accepting other financial donations and said those who wish to donate, but cannot attend the concert can do so anytime at Peru High School as well. The money for the trip is due towards the end of March.