In an effort to help raise awareness about the need for donations to the Glen Cove High School Select Chorale for an upcoming trip to the Vatican, the Kiwanis Club of Glen Cove has donated a sign to track the progress. The sign sits outside the entrance to the high school and has musical notes placed at every $10,000 mark reached. So far, $20,000 has been raised. The goal is $50,000, according to the sign, though the total fees of the trip will come to $130,000 for the 43 students to attend the trip in January 2016.
The chorale has been invited to sing during two Masses at St. Peter’s Basilica, one of which Pope Francis will be present at. They will also present two solo concerts during their 10-day trip to Rome.
On Thursday, Sept. 24, they will perform at St. Rocco’s Church on Third Street in Glen Cove at 7 p.m.
The chorale has been practicing pieces at a faster rate since the invitation to have all of the music ready for the performance. The four select chorale officers were present at the official welcoming of the new sign last week.
“We’re moving faster but the practicing is going well,” said Jessica Bellomo, an 11th-grader and treasurer of the chorale. “It’s very exciting. I love the Pope.”
“I think we will be prepared,” said Evelina Backiel, who is in 12th grade and is vice president of the select chorale. “We all have the right mindset.”
Anyone interested in donating to the trip can bring a check made out to MPAPA-Vatican to the performance or mail it to the attention of choral director Ed Norris at the high school at 150 Dosoris Lane, Glen Cove, NY 11542.