For the first time in six years, the Music Department will be traveling to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Tabernacle, and possibly St. Patrick’s Cathedral from April 25-29. They will be traveling New York to visit historical landmarks and perform among the different cities.
The trip is open to all current music students and will also include partnership with the presence of President Mike Beals, development staff, and alumni that sing with the Coastal California Chorale.
Students are required to raise the funds needed for this trip on their own, which costs close to $2,000.
The trip is optional if students cannot attend due to financial concerns, but they are encouraged to fundraise in a variety of ways. Individual music groups such as Women’s Chorus have taken the initiative to collaboratively host car washes with sponsors, fundraise at local eateries, and some students have even started a GoFundMe campaign.
“Music and the arts is such a great way for people to get to be a part of something bigger than themselves and it’s the best way to see the world because music crosses any and all barriers and opens doors of communication,” said Dr. Joni Prado, the Women’s Chorus Director.
In the previous years, the department has gone to New York in May, which benefited students in not having to miss school. Instead of performing for their spring break tour, the department will be in New York from April 25-29.
Due to staff changes and budget cuts over the years, it has proven more challenging to organize a trip for students to travel to the East Coast, causing the earlier dates.
“For those who already have enough money, they are raising funds for those who don’t. So, we’re all working together to make sure that all those who want to go can,” junior Kendal Frear said.
Usually when on tour, the school covers the cost of meals and the housing arrangements. Since this trip is much bigger with the amount of students, meals, and traveling costs, students are required to raise their specified amount and the University will come alongside in paying for certain meals and other needs, according to the music department.
Nonetheless, Concert Choir Director Dr. James Melton is excited to give students the opportunities to sing in Carnegie Hall or perform at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
“I really want to honor the hard work of our seniors, and many of our alumni and other students who have never been privileged to go,” Melton said.
Phil Barfoot, a Vanguard music alumni, works with the production company that the music department will be traveling with, called Celebration Concert Tours International. Barfoot has been in communication with Melton and wanted to give back to his alma mater by giving the department a discount with the tour company.