Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Ready To Shine in the Big Apple.(New Mexico)

Byline: Rene Romo Journal Southern Bureau

* Las Cruces High's students, supporters put in extra hours to perfect N.Y. performance, raise funds

LAS CRUCES As musical gigs go, one of the Las Cruces High School choir's upcoming engagements is not too shabby: Carnegie Hall in New York City.

For the last nine months, students and supporters have been busy raising funds and collecting donations to cover the $250,000 cost to transport 172 students and chaperones for the April 15 performance.

"It's an incredible opportunity," said Las Cruces High School choir director Diane Schutz, who has been immersed in the myriad details associated with the trip everything from meals and travel plans to making sure students hit just the right notes for performances worthy of the renowned 2,800-seat theater. …

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