SoHi swinging into Branson

Posted: Tuesday, March 09, 2004

The Soldotna High School Swing Choir, under the direction of Trudy Petersen will be representing the State of Alaska at a national choral competition this summer in Branson, Missouri. "It's called the American Show Cup and it's an invitational competition where one choir from each state gets to enter and they are the best in the nation.

It's a huge honor to represent the State of Alaska at this competition and head to Branson to sing with the best our country has to offer," Petersen told the Soldotna Rotary Club recently. The Swing Choir has planned a variety of fund raising activities to earn the finances necessary for the group to travel to the competition. They are selling raffle tickets for a quilt and producing a special show at the SoHi Auditorium March 9th at 7:00pm entitled "The Beat Goes On!" Additionally, according to Petersen the choir members are going out selling pizzas and cookie dough and any other thing they can do to bring in finances to pay their way to Branson.

"This a great opportunity that not many high schoolers get to have, it's worth the effort and something we will remember all our lives and definitely motivates us to work harder in school. We have an amazing community and it really means a lot to us the way they continue to buy tickets and support us," said Swing Choir member Karina Petersen. The choir stopped by the Soldotna Rotary luncheon last week, and with an impromptu auction and mini-performance came up with $700 some dollars to help them on their way. Peterson is hoping for a sell out performance at the March 9th concert where they will sing arrangements of everything from Country to Rock & Jazz and even Latin rhythms. Any one interested in raffle tickets or helping the Swing Choirs fund raising efforts can contact Trudy Petersen at Soldotna High School, or any of the Swing Choir members.

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