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ENMU choir invited to Carnegie Hall

Staff report

Eastern New Mexico University’s choir has been invited to perform next summer on hallowed ground — at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Jason Paulk, director of choral activities and associate professor of music at ENMU, said the MidAmerica Productions company, which promotes ensembles all over the world, invited ENMU to be a feature performer at Carnegie Hall on June 14.

Paulk said the Portales university singers were invited because of previous successful performances.

“Touring is really important for our students and gives them opportunities to see the world in new, exciting, and enriching ways,” Paulk said.

Paulk said he hopes to take 50 students to New York — if that many can raise the necessary funds.

“They are each responsible for their own costs of the tour, so there are inherent challenges,” said Paulk. “‘Poor college students’ applies to our students, even though they realize the importance of this unique opportunity. We are working very hard on fundraising in order to help offset costs for each student traveler.”

One fundraiser: The choir is selling raffle tickets for a Ruidoso getaway. It will also sell tickets at the Oktoberfest event on Saturday.

A fall concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Oct. 18 at Buchanan Hall. Auction items will be sold there to help offset costs for traveling to New York.

Paulk said community members may also sponsor a student and help them get to New York.

“We have so many hard working and deserving students who would like to travel with us that just can’t afford the opportunity,” Paulk said. “If I had the money, I would just pay for everyone to travel, but that’s not possible.”

Students who travel to New York will be able to rehearse with ENMU alumni in New York before their performance. The rest of day, the group will be able to explore the city and catch a couple of Broadway shows.