Auburn High School students in the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) choir plan to perform at Carnegie Hall – one of the most famous performing arts venues – in New York City next May. Haitian composer Sydney Guillaume invited students to participate in a symposium in May 2020 that will celebrate his music.
Guillaume collaborated as a guest composer via Skype with a West Middle School CAPA class in the 2017-18 school year. Many of those West students now attend the CAPA program at Auburn. Staff at West and Auburn continue to teach Guillaume's challenging compositions to advanced choir students.
For some students, the trip will be the first time they have left Illinois or traveled outside the Rockford region. "This is a profound honor for each one of us," said Auburn High School CAPA choir director Daniel Beetstra. "We want to make the most of this opportunity, because it's more than a concert in New York. It's a statement about who we are as a community and who we can become."
Students and staff will promote several fundraisers in the coming months to raise money for the trip. Please visit the CAPA Choir fundraising page to learn more and donate.