Applied Music to embark on NYC trip

Choral directors Lamonte Kuskye and Ann Conrad answer students’ questions about the audition process and the upcoming Applied Music trip to New York City. The Applied Music classes have studied Broadway history in preparation for this trip. CRYSTAL CHEN / PHOTO

Choral directors Lamonte Kuskye and Ann Conrad answer students’ questions about the audition process and the upcoming Applied Music trip to New York City. The Applied Music classes have studied Broadway history in preparation for this trip. CRYSTAL CHEN / PHOTO

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On Jan. 18, students from the Applied Music classes will travel to New York City for a three-day theater tour. According to choral director Lamonte Kuskye, Applied Music is a class, open to all students who audition, that studies Broadway history and emphasizes solo-singing.

Choral directors Lamonte Kuskye and Ann Conrad answer students’ questions about the audition process and the upcoming Applied Music trip to New York City. The Applied Music classes have studied Broadway history in preparation for this trip. CRYSTAL CHEN / PHOTO

According to Kuskye, on Jan. 18, students will watch the Broadway show “Newsies.” On Jan. 19, students will tour the New Amsterdam Theatre and attend a “Newsies” workshop, the Tony Award winning show and “Spiderman.” On Jan. 20, students will attend another workshop and fly home to Indiana. Kuskye said that at this last workshop, three or four students will sing for a Broadway performer and receive criticism.

According to senior Kari Baker, she is one of the students chosen to perform. She said she will sing “I Will be Loved Tonight” from the Broadway play “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”

Baker said, “I obviously want to be a performer. I feel like (this trip will) help me experience what that life is, what the audition process is, (and) actually living in New York and what New York is like.”

In previous years, according to Kuskye, this trip changed several kids’ lives.

“It’s like memories of a lifetime. You learn so much in three days,” Kuskye said.

Choir students participating in the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) district solo and ensemble competition will perform on Jan. 26.

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