Cleveland seventh grader Joshua Delk plans to pursue a career as a jazz or gospel singer in a few years. He’ll have Carnegie Hall on his resume.

Delk is one of the 28 members of the Cleveland School of the Arts middle school choir who will sing at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, February 27.

“It means a lot to me,” Delk said. “I get a lot more experience careerwise.”

The choir, ranging in age from fourth to seventh graders, will perform at the National Choir Festival in a mass choir with students from all over the country. They were invited after judges heard a recording they made at the end of the last school year.

Among the songs the choir will perform are a Latin mass and a song in Greek.

“It’s not unattainable,” choir director Diana White-Gould said. “It’s challenging and that’s what I wanted for the kids.”

At rehearsal last Wednesday, members of the choir said they were excited about the trip.

“It means a lot because a lot of my favorite singers sang at Carnegie Hall and it’s just like I’m taking myself further and I’m pushing myself to be more,” sixth grade alto Delaina Mims said.

The choir needs $35,000 to make the trip. As of Wednesday, they were just $6,000 short. But principal Andrew Koonce seemed optimistic they’ll have the money by the time they leave.

“These types of experiences will be lasting, meaningful experiences for the students that they will never forget,” he said. “And you can’t put a price tag on that.”

Donations to help the choir make the trip to New York can be made to: The Friends of Cleveland School of the Arts, 127 Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio 44114, ATTN: Mrs. Robert Gillespie.

Also, Cleveland School of the Arts will hold auditions for next year’s classes on Feburary 26 and March 5 at 8 a.m. at the high school, which is currently located at E. 105th and Superior. Auditions will be for vocal or instrumental music, dance, drama, visual arts, creative writing, photography and graphic design.

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