Elkton High choir rais­ing funds for Dis­ney trip

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JES­SICA IAN­NETTA jian­netta@ ce­cil­whig. com

ELKTON — The Elkton High School Cham­ber Choir has been in­vited to per­form at Dis­ney World, but they need help from the com­mu­nity to make the trip a re­al­ity.

The 10-mem­ber, au­di­tion- only choir needs to raise $ 8,000 by Nov. 1. With that amount se­cured, they can travel to Dis­ney in De­cem­ber to per­form as part of the Can­dle­light Pro­ces­sional, a hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tion led by a celebrity nar­ra­tor in Ep­cot. The Elkton choir will be one of many choirs from around the world that will be per­form­ing, said Peter Solecki, EHS di­rec­tor of choral ac­tiv­i­ties.

To be se­lected for Dis­ney, the choir had to send in two videos: one of them singing a re­quired piece, “O Holy Night,” and one of them singing a piece of their choice that best rep­re­sents their style of singing. The choir chose to sing “Will the Cir­cle Be Unbroken,” an Amer­i­can folk song that the group en­joyed per­form­ing last year, Solecki said.

Solecki recorded the per­for­mances in the be­gin­ning of Septem­ber. A week after he sub­mit­ted them, the choir re­ceived the news that they’d been se­lected.

“They made a whole lot of noise. They were jump­ing for joy,” said Solecki, who’s in his third year at the school. “Their ex­cite­ment ex­cites me. Their en­ergy en­er­gizes me. They’re a good group of kids who de­serve good things.”

In ad­di­tion to the Dis­ney por­tion of the trip, which will con­sist of ap­prox­i­mately two days, Solecki said he’s cur­rently get­ting in touch with choral so­ci­eties and high schools in the Or­lando area in hopes of work­ing with them dur­ing the day and then per­form­ing at churches and uni­ver­si­ties at night.

But, Solecki em­pha­sized, none of this will hap­pen if the choir isn’t able to raise the nec­es­sary funds by Nov. 1. To that end, the choir has been sell­ing con­ces­sions at the home vol­ley­ball games and hold­ing bake sales. Solecki has also di­vided the Elkton area into three sec­tions and, start­ing next week, choir mem­bers will be go­ing door- to- door to lo­cal busi­nesses to so­licit do­na­tions.

While the choir is ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity, its mem­bers are also re­al­is­tic about the hard work it will take to get to Or­lando. Solecki is hope­ful the trip will hap­pen.

“They rep­re­sent the best of what Elkton High School re­ally is and they’re work­ing hard for this,” he said. “They un­der­stand the chal- lenges ahead of them. But they’re tak­ing it se­ri­ously. And any sup­port any­one can give is so ap­pre­ci­ated by ev­ery­one here.”

Any­one who would like to do­nate to the cause can make checks out to Elkton High School and send them to the school at 110 James St. with “cham­ber choir trip” in the memo line.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF PETER SOLECKI

Mem­bers of the Elkton High School Cham­ber Choir are cur­rently rais­ing money to be able to travel to Dis­ney and per­form.

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