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Perham sings to NYC

Twenty-two members of the Perham High School choir sang in the Big Apple recently, including two planned performances at popular New York City landmarks as well as impromptu shows throughout the city.

Last week’s trip was the third trip to New York City taken by Perham choir students in the last decade. Although the group received a $2,200 grant from the school district’s 549 Foundation, each of the kids earned their own way through massive fundraising efforts over the last three years.

Teacher Kevin Kosiak said the trip went well. The highlight, as well as the purpose for the trip, was a grand performance at Carnegie Hall.

There, Perham students merged their voices with nearly 150 other singers from high schools and colleges across the nation. After eight hours of rehearsal, the newly formed mass choir performed Franz Schubert’s “Mass in G” to a crowd of 2,500, accompanied by a professional orchestra.

Perham Sophomore Olivia Nelson said, “Just the experience of singing with a big group of people from different states” was something she will always remember.

The other planned performance during the five-day excursion was held at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, which some students felt was the best part of the trip.