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Antigo High School’s Canto Voce honors choir departs for New York City and Carnegie Hall on Thursday, with a tailwind of community support.

The 24-member choir will perform at the famed venue following months of fund-raising that brought out an unprecedented level of support from organizations, businesses and individuals.

We really need to thank everyone who is making this trip possible, Director Jacob Oxley said. The community’s support of this project has been just incredible.

Canto Voce was selected by Conductor Dr. Andre Thomas after he heard a youtube video of the group singing Witness, one of the spiritual songs it performs.

We did not apply for this, Oxley stressed. We are asked to perform based on that video.

But the trip was almost over before it began. The choir had to come up with an $8,400 down payment in early June.

In a drive spearheaded by members Samantha Schuessler and Abby Luerssen, local businesses and organizations were contacted with excellent response. With help from a long list of supporting businesses, the needed dollars were raised in time and the down payment was made.

Fund-raising continued through the fall and winter months until the total amount—roughly $40,000—was collected.

The trip will mix business with plenty of pleasure.

The choir will be leaving Antigo about 7 a.m. on Thursday, flying out of Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee and arriving in the New York metro area in late afternoon. They are staying at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Broadway. Dinner that evening will be at Ellen’s Stardust Diner, home of the world famous singing waiters and waitresses.

Friday will include rehearsals along with a evening performance of Aladdin at The New Amsterdam Theatre.

On Saturday, the choir will tour the 9/11 Memorial Museum in the morning followed by rehearsals through the afternoon.

Sunday is the big day, opening with a visit to the Disney Behind the Magic tour in the morning, rehearsals and then the big Carnegie Hall concert followed by a reception.

The group will return to Antigo on Monday.

Canto Voce is performing as part of Distinguished Concerts International New York I Hear America Singing: The Music of Andrew Thomas and Greg Gilpin. There are 12 other participating ensembles, including groups from Florida, Texas, Alabama, and Colorado.
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Director Jacob Oxley, seated, and Canto Voce, bound for New York City Thursday and a performance at Carnegie Hall.

Canto Voce heading for Carnegie date
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Antigo High School’s Canto Voce honors choir departs for New York City and Carnegie Hall on Thursday, with a tailwind of community support.

The 24-member choir will perform at the famed venue following months of fund-raising that brought out an unprecedented level of support from organizations, businesses and individuals.

We really need to thank everyone who is making this trip possible, Director Jacob Oxley said. The community’s support of this project has been just incredible.

Canto Voce was selected by Conductor Dr. Andre Thomas after he heard a youtube video of the group singing Witness, one of the spiritual songs it performs.

We did not apply for this, Oxley stressed. We are asked to perform based on that video.

But the trip was almost over before it began. The choir had to come up with an $8,400 down payment in early June.

In a drive spearheaded by members Samantha Schuessler and Abby Luerssen, local businesses and organizations were contacted with excellent response. With help from a long list of supporting businesses, the needed dollars were raised in time and the down payment was made.

Fund-raising continued through the fall and winter months until the total amount—roughly $40,000—was collected.

The trip will mix business with plenty of pleasure.

The choir will be leaving Antigo about 7 a.m. on Thursday, flying out of Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee and arriving in the New York metro area in late afternoon. They are staying at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Broadway. Dinner that evening will be at Ellen’s Stardust Diner, home of the world famous singing waiters and waitresses.

Friday will include rehearsals along with a evening performance of Aladdin at The New Amsterdam Theatre.

On Saturday, the choir will tour the 9/11 Memorial Museum in the morning followed by rehearsals through the afternoon.

Sunday is the big day, opening with a visit to the Disney Behind the Magic tour in the morning, rehearsals and then the big Carnegie Hall concert followed by a reception.

The group will return to Antigo on Monday.

Canto Voce is performing as part of Distinguished Concerts International New York I Hear America Singing: The Music of Andrew Thomas and Greg Gilpin. There are 12 other participating ensembles, including groups from Florida, Texas, Alabama, and Colorado.
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Director Jacob Oxley, seated, and Canto Voce, bound for New York City Thursday and a performance at Carnegie Hall.
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