FHS Carnegie Hall trip aided by BINGO Jan. 28

  • Members of the Farragut High School Mixed Advanced Choir pictured in a formal shot taken Saturday, Jan. 14.

A group of dedicated Farragut High School students who will be performing at Carnegie Hall in March are planning a fun community event to help offset the trip’s expenses.

FHS Advanced Mixed Choir is hosting a Night of Bingo in two sessions: from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, in the school’s Commons.

Admission is free, but Bingo cards will be sold for $10 each per session with a four-card limit.

Concessions also will be sold for $2 each.

Aimee Klenske, secretary for the FHS CTE building and mom of advanced mixed choir member Virginia Klenske, is among parents working with FHS choir director Mitchell Moore on the upcoming event.

“A bunch of the choir moms got together with Mr. Moore and we brainstormed about fundraisers,” Aimee said. “We thought a Bingo night would be something fun and different.

“We will also have live music in between games and have been soliciting prizes from the community to give away,” she added.

“It should really be a fun night. We are hoping a lot of families and students will attend, and we are really excited about it.”

Virginia said the Carnegie Hall performance will be comprised of students from all across the United States who either auditioned for the opportunity or were invited to participate.

“We were invited to attend outright instead of having to audition,” she said, noting the invitation was extended based on the choir’s own performances and “superior” honors received during previous years’ competitions.

“We found out we had been invited around July of last year,” Virginia added. “So it was something we had to work up to under Mr. Moore’s leadership.”

The students will be in New York City for three days, rehearsing and planning some sightseeing before the actual performance March 27.

Estimate costs for each student is about $2,000, Virginia said the choir has been fundraising through other efforts, including coupon books sales, popcorn sales and a poinsettia sale earlier this school year.

“Music is a huge passion for all of us, and we are all really excited about being chosen and being able to share our love for music in a different state,” Virginia added.

For more information, contact Aimee Klenske at aimeek1229@gmail.com