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Spain Park choir sings at Carnegie Hall

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The old adage that the way to Carnegie Hall... Is to practice, practice, practice. That, must contain some truth.

Nineteen Spain Park High school students practiced their way to the main stage at Carnegie Hall, where they performed this past Sunday.

Alexandria Slocum, a junior soprano recalls what it was like.

"You just walk on and you just feel this air of a presence of all the people who have been there before you and who have done these wonderful things. And you go into this mode of 'you have to get this done' you want to be as perfect as you can be."

These students spent hours outside of school rehearsing. Even coming in and practicing during the summer.

Emily Saab, an alto senior, says the hard work was well worth it.

"We had rehearsals, a couple of four hour rehearsals, just drilling, and drilling, and drilling over it," says Saab. "It was awesome. I've been looking forward to that kind of a trip for the four years I've been here."

Morgan Whetstone describes what it was like for him to set foot in the famed concert hall.

"I was just in awe of what a beautiful building it was, and it was nothing like I've ever seen before."

Charles Henry took over as Spain Park's choir director four years ago. Henry is clear on what he expects from his students.

"I don't want you to be good high school singers. I don't want you to be great high school singers. I want you to perform as professional singers. And to prepare yourself for that. And take that out into the world of whatever it is you do. Whether it's music in the future or wherever your path may take you. Act and conduct yourself as a professional."

The students who performed on the main stage at Carnegie Hall now offer encouragement to those who hope to one day place their footprints there as well.

"My advice would be, don't get discouraged. It's not impossible to make it happen," says Saab.

Slocum says, "The way to get to Carnegie Hall is practice, practice, practice. Mr. Henry taught us the more you practice, the more you can get into the music and master every single note. If you just practice everyday, you'll be there one day."

Henry says it was part of his five year plan for the group to perform at a major concert hall like Carnegie Hall.

He says his hope is to take the group overseas to perform. And, to one day, be able to compete on the international level.

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