With honors, come challenges, when Twentynine Palms High School Music Director Michael Mayes was informed that his select Choir was invited to participate in a multi-day workshop in New York City by American Music Performance (AMP) Nationals for Top Choirs in April of 2014, he was stunned. The invitation was a great honor and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the 22 students of his select choir. AMP is an elite, invite-only division of Choirs of America.
The conference is filled with workshops and master classes with world-renowned musicians featuring adjudicated performances, one-hour clinics, world-class faculty, a vocal master class, and their highly-acclaimed workshop, “Premiere! On the final day, the students will sing in a concert in Carnegie Hall with Conductor, Grant Gershon, Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
Mayes says that first he was inclined to tell the Select Choir students how proud he was of their accomplishment, thank the AMP, and move on because he knew it would be a huge undertaking to raise the funds needed to finance the trip. But after talking to fellow teachers, administrators, school board and community members, he decided to accept the invitation.
The challenge is to raise the funds needed to get the students, Mayes, and chaperones to New York City. Students and families have been doing ongoing fund-raising efforts but were not getting the response they had hoped for.
The Twentynine Palms Heritage Radio station, Z107.7 FM, heard of the high honor and approached Mayes about helping with the fund-raising. General Manager Cindy Daigneault felt strongly about the honor, saying, “For these kids to have this incredible opportunity presented to them is amazing for our small community. They not only represent Twentynine Palms but our entire region, and we all need to get together and help.” Daigneault offered the full resources of Z107.7 and has scheduled a “Radiothon” from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. January 11, 2014.
The “Radiothon” will raise money in a number of ways. Right now parents and supporters are actively looking for Sponsors, guest DJ’s, and area businesses and services to purchase radio time for the event. All of the funds raised will go to the effort to “Get the kids to Carnegie Hall”. Participation is offered with an Overall Sponsorship: for $10,000, partnership sponsorships for $5,000, One-Hour Sponsorships at $1,000, one-hour “guest DJ slots at $500 each, and radio spots during the event for $50 each. All of the sponsors will be identified on the air continuously during the event. During the “Radiothon” community members will be asked to call in and pledge funds.
To make sure all of the money raised is fully tax deductible Theater 29 is allowing the fund-raising to be done under their 501 ( C ) 3 tax exempt umbrella.
Businesses or individuals wishing to help these talented students get to Carnegie Hall can send donations (checks should be made out to “Theater 29”) to the TPHS Music Boosters, P.O. Box 1681, Twentynine Palms, Ca. 92277. Sponsors and guest DJ’s are especially being sought. For more information, contact Anita Clinkscales, Music Booster president, at (760) 361-5306 or at email@example.com.
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