EAGLE -- Eagle High School's orchestra can boast about something not many can.
The orchestra was invited to play at the world famous Carnegie Hall, but it was a labor of love to get there.
The students say they owe it all to their conductor DeeAnn Orchard for getting them there.
Conductor Orchard's orchestra was chosen out of 500 applicants.
We were one of 17 chosen to compete, explained DeeAnn. Knowing there were great people that were there before us, it was quite humbling.
Almost a year ago, DeeAnn got the good news. Next, the students had to focus on getting to New York.
We had to raise 86 thousand dollars to make this trip happen for everyone, said Connor Eagleton, a violinist.
We started fundraising like a year ago, 'cause we had to raise a lot of money for each student, said violinist Coleman Madsen.
How did they do it?
Lots of car washes, benefit concerts, we sold flowers, a lot of playing at Albertson's, that kind of thing, said Eagleton.
They made it to Carnegie Hall and New York was everything they hoped it would be.
Before we walked on stage, we had a moment of silence and that's when all the emotions flowed and you knew it was a special place, said violinist McKenzie Jeppson.
The kids say they owe it all to Mrs. Orchard. Since she started at Eagle High School five years ago, the orchestra has grown from 19 kids, to 52.
As parents we adore her, and we see it in our children, what she's brought out of them, said Kim Dumas, a parent of one student in the orchestra.
She says it's all about sharing her own love of music and helping the students truly feel it.
They have worked so hard this year, said DeeAnn. We are really a family in our orchestra, and I think of them as my own kids.
DeeAnn Orchard gave her orchestra an experience of a lifetime at Carnegie Hall, and she is looking forward to many more.
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