Crestview High 2012-13 chorus makes its debut

Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 02:54 PM.

Olivia’s fellow senior, Alex Andrews, was among the chorus members eager to get the new season underway.

“I’m ready to get started,” Alex said during the bodacious pot-luck supper that proceeded the performance. “Let’s get going!”

Alex has been singing in school choruses since middle school and now is the bass section leader. He praised Davidson Middle School choral music instructor Keitha Bledsoe, who recognized his talent and helped him prepare for singing in Lusk’s program.

“I went alto, alto, bass, bass, bass, bass,” Alex said, describing his choral section, which changed as his voice changed.

With an ambitious first semester planned, including show choir competitions in Mississippi and Georgia, regional choral competitions, performing at Disney World at the beginning of December, followed by the Dec. 13 Christmas concert, the chorus members are working as hard after class to raise travel funds as they are at their art during school hours.

Slightly less than $100,000 must be raised this year. On years when the chorus makes a major trip, such as their past appearances at choral festivals in San Francisco, New York, London and last spring’s trip to Toronto, travel expenses can be as high as $300,000, Lusk said. With tightened district budgets, it all must be raised from local supporters.

“We’re constantly fund-raising,” Lusk said.

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