Three standout singers from the Gracenotes girls’ choir in Stettler are off to New York in February to harmonize in an honours choir set to perform at the famed Carnegie Hall.
Dacia Gramlick and Jaycee Davidson of Stettler and Sonya Marquart of Castor have been selected for the American High School Honour Performance Series choir, which features 250 singers in a Feb. 10 concert.
“I am so thrilled for them and proud of them,” said Rhonda Sylvester, who directs the Gracenotes choir made up of girls in junior and senior high school.
“It’s great to see them grow in their music skills and see them honoured in this way.”
All three girls were selected from their auditions on compact disk. Gramlick and Davidson return for the second year, while Marquart makes her debut.
“It was amazing being on stage at Carnegie Hall,” said Gramlick, a Grade 10 student at William E. Hay Composite High School.
“We got to work with a really good conductor and he got us to work on our emotions, like Rhonda does, and makes us feel the music.”
The experience similarly impacted Davidson.
“It taught me about the skill level of young singers from all over North America,” said Davidson, a Grade 11 student in Stettler.
“It was amazing to sing in a choir that large with all the harmony.”
The fellow choir members’ experience last February inspired their friend from Castor.
“I’ve always wanted to sing at Carnegie Hall,” Marquart said.
“They told me about their experience last year and knew I wanted to do this, too.”
Before the trio leaves for New York on Feb. 6, the girls continue to raise money.
To make a donation, people are asked to contact Michelle Radford at 403-742-9438.