Borah High choir invited to Carnegie Hall

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Borah High choir invited to Carnegie Hall


by Scott Evans

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Posted on October 18, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 19 at 7:31 PM

BOISE – A Boise high school has an incredible opportunity, in just a few months, to not only visit, but perform at Carnegie Hall in New York, one of the highest honors in music.

Carnegie Hall discovered the choir at Borah High using YouTube, and then invited them to come all the way to New York.

"I guess you could say discovered, yeah," said Brendon French, a senior in the choir.

The group that runs Carnegie Hall in New York decided to use YouTube to find the best men's choir's in the country, then invite them to perform.

"He was looking for men's choirs and saw Tactus' performances and that's how we got discovered," said Brendon French.

Tactus is the name of the choir. French says it’s a Latin word, meaning the beat or the pulse of a song.

"The fact that they found us over YouTube is kind of one of a million chance, I think," said Connor Chapman.

The Tactus performance that caught their eye, and their ear, was from a performance last fall.

From there came an invitation to come to New York and perform with 130 male voices, just about all of them professional singers.

"Our teacher told us and we're just like, 'What? Really?' It was really exciting because there was also that hesitation, like are we going to be able to afford that? Can we do it?" said French.

The Boise School Board approved the choir to make the trip just a few weeks ago. Since then, the teens with great voices have been doing everything they can to answer that question, can we afford it?

"How are you going to do it?” asked KTVB. “Fundraisers, a lot of fundraisers," said French.

The group of 37 singers has two and a half months to raise over $68,000. That's roughly $1,700 per student. Families are asked to pay $300, the rest, the students plan to raise.

"It is a little daunting, but I'm fairly confident that we can find someway to get there."

So far they've raised or have had pledged, roughly $20,000.

"We have this dream and we have the drive to get it, so we have our ambition and so there's no other option, we're going to get it. We're not quite sure how, but we're going to make it happen," said French.

"Oh I know we'll do it. It's just going to take a lot of work," said Heather Prinzing, Tactus Director.

And a lot of people showing up to their fundraising events.

The next fundraising event is this Monday night at 7:30. The Yale Wiffenpoofs will perform at Borah High School. The Wiffenpoofs are the world's oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella group.