Fundraising to Europe

"A trip of a lifetime.' That's how Grand Haven school officials describe the invitation for the high school's chamber choir and symphony orchestra to perform at New York City's Carnegie Hall in April.
Krystle Wagner
Oct 23, 2012


Following the concert, the choir and orchestra will continue on to tour Germany and Austria.

The group received the invitation from Dr. Craig Arnold, founder and general manager of Manhattan Concert Productions.

“It’s an incredible honor,” said choir director Shirley Lemon.

Orchestra director Melissa Meyers said she’s excited to experience the opportunity alongside her students.

“It’s a musician's dream in life,” she said. “The Mecca for us is playing in Carnegie Hall.”

To see photos from the GHHS orchestras' Halloween concert Monday night, click here.

So far, about 123 students and parents have signed up for the trip. While students are not required to participate, Lemon said she hopes they have enough to represent the Grand Haven High School music department.

Since receiving the invitation on June 4, students and parents started fundraising for the trip that will cost about $3,200 per participant.

Throughout the summer, they held fundraisers such as car washes and parking cars. Lemon said the group has raised a total of about $15,000.

“The kids have been working hard this summer,” she said.

During the school year, the students will raise money through fundraisers such as a poinsettia sale, a German/Austria-themed dinner, and a percentage of sales on select days from some area restaurants.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.




Tri-cities realist

What a fitting way to honor a woman who has dedicated her life to the GHHS choirs, by expecting nothing less than perfection from her students. Shirley Lemon didn't care whether you had a gifted voice, but she made up for it in her tenacity to get more out of her choirs, than most kids believed they had. At times I remember hating her, but deep down I knew that I was experiencing what it takes to be truly excellent at what you do. I credit her for helping instill a work ethic that has served me well. Enjoy your retirement, Mrs. Lemon, you certainly have deserved it. And if anyone who remotely enjoys music hasn't heard one of her choirs, I recommend doing so before June. The Christmas concert is usually outstanding, and the spring concert will be a great tribute to a wonderful musician and educator. I wish I had the means to donate enough money to ensure that ALL of the kids could experience Carnegie Hall, hopefully my bit will help.


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