GROTON -- A high school chorus is going on the road again, this time to New York City's storied performance space -- Carnegie Hall.

The Groton-Dunstable Regional High School Chamber Chorus leaves for the Big Apple in April. The students will sing with other choristers in a performance of "The Music of Eric Whitacre."

The students will rehearse for a total of 10 hours over five days.

The combined choir, called the Distinguished Concerts Singers International, will sing in the Isaac Stern Auditorium as part of the Distinguished Concerts International New York City Concert Series.

Whitacre, a Grammy Award-winning composer and conductor, will lead the performance and the clinics, DCINY announced in a press release.

"The Groton-Dunstable Regional High School Chamber Chorus received this invitation because of the quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers as well as the exceptional quality of their audition recording," said Jonathan Griffith, the artistic director and principal conductor for DCINY, in the statement.

"It is quite an honor just to be invited to perform in New York. These wonderful musicians not only represent a high quality of music and education, but they also become ambassadors for the entire community," he wrote. "This is an event of extreme pride for everybody and deserving of the community's recognition and support."

During their five days and four nights in New York City, the students will also visit cultural and historical places the city.


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Chorus supporters are raising funds for the trip which culminates in a performance on April 8.

Donations will be accepted at the door during a public performance on Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Joseph's Church, 28 Tarbell Street, Pepperell, MA.

The chorus will some of the music they will sing at Carnegie Hall.

Donations can also be made by contacting Savoy at 978-448-6362 or via email at tsavoy@gdrsd.org.

The Chamber Chorus traveled to Europe in Spring 2017, where they performed at venues in Italy and Croatia.

The trip made headlines before it happened. The choir passed on the opportunity to perform at St. Anthony's Basilica in Padua during Easter mass.

The district had received a letter claiming the performance would violate a clause of the first amendment prohibiting the government from endorsing a religion.

The student group did perform at the ancient Catholic cathedral that day, but not in the sanctuary.

The chorus has performed at many venues, Savoy said. Usually they do not do a major trip every year.

This year is different.

"Sometimes an amazing opportunity comes up," he said. The New York trip gives the students a chance to perform at the No. 1 venue with the No.1 composer.

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