YREKA, California -- Yreka High's Vocal Ensemble rehearses almost every day. It's all in preparation to sing on one of the world's most famous stages -- Carnegie Hall. The group will be performing a total seven holiday themed songs on Nov. 24.
Carnegie Hall did invite the group to sing in New York, but the Vocal Ensemble is required to send tapes of their rehearsals to New York. This way, Carnegie Hall knows the ensemble is learning and memorizing their music. The group's director said this entire process helps students grow.
"We have all these students coming in with their individual singing styles and we have to find one homogeneous version of that singing in order to blend and balance and sound like one beautiful entity," said Performing Arts Director Eric Seiler.
The group will also be performing with composer Eric Whitacre. He is a Grammy award winning musician.
Learn more about Eric Whitacre and the different groups that will be performing at Carnegie Hall here.
The performance of a lifetime
"When you get to a stage like that, it's indescribable how you feel," said Yreka High senior Lillian Johnston.
Twenty one students will experience that indescribable feeling in November.
"To be able to go and do something worldwide like this," said Johnston. "It's an honor."
This is the second time Yreka High's Vocal Ensemble has been invited to Carnegie Hall. They'll be singing seven holiday themed songs. The director said this opportunity has helped students grow.
"I believe that students from all walks of life have the potential to do amazing things if you challenge them to do it and expect excellence from them," said Seiler.
Students are just as passionate about meeting those high standards.
"You can express so many things through music," said Kaeleigh Caswell, a junior at Yreka High. "Whether it be happy feelings or sad feelings, you can express them all in a different way."
Students said representing a small town like Yreka in the big city of New York means a lot.
"Coming from a small town to a place where big stars perform, I think it proves a point that music can be performed by anybody," said senior Martin Bichinsky.
This vocal ensemble is proving that point every day.
Donating to the Vocal Ensemble
It costs each student $1,800 to go to New York. The group is actively fundraising so all students can experience singing at Carnegie Hall.
In order to raise money, the Vocal Ensemble is selling raffle tickets for an American Security Products gun valued at $1,600. It was donated by Kenny's Lock Shop. The raffle is being held at the Yreka Elks Lodge and the drawing will be on Oct. 13. Tickets are $10 each.
The Red Scarf Society and Delta Kappa Gamma are both partial sponsors of the trip to Carnegie Hall.
The Vocal Ensemble also accepts individual donations. For more information about how to donate you can email the ensemble's director, Eric Seiler, at this email: email@example.com