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Biloxi High Choir Heads To New York City

After months of practicing-

"Everyday at school. Everyday since the beginning of the year. We get a 50 minute class and all that, and then after-school practices, two to three hours, three or four times a week, and on the weekends," said choir member Holly Landry.

Members of the Biloxi High School Choir believe they are ready to take center stage on one of the most coveted stages in the world - Carnegie Hall.

"This experience, Carnegie Hall, is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. I've never been farther than Georgia, so I think it's gonna be fun,"said choir member Lee Lancon. 

On Sunday afternoon, they will perform with choirs from all over the country, invited to participate with the New England Symphonic Ensemble.

They will sing "Requiem"by John Rutter, who will also conduct Sunday's performance.

Biloxi High choir director Roger Bunch has been affiliated with Carnegie Hall for about 15 years.

He says this group is going to be in for a treat.

"It's going to shock them a lot when they go inside. It's so impressive and so moving. When it was first opened, Tchaikovsky was the very first. He conducted the first concert that was ever performed in Carnegie Hall. Of course, since then we've had every major musician, dancer, jazz groups and rock groups even that have performed in Carnegie Hall. So its a blessing for them," said Bunch.

And it is also a chance for these twenty students to help make South Mississippi shine.

"I think we are ready. 99.9-percent ready," said Lancon.  

The students will be in the Big Apple for about 5 days.

And on a side note, the wife of conductor John Rutter, who wrote the song the students will perform, is from the city of Pass Christian.

By Karla Redditte

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