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EAGLE COUNTY – Choir students from Eagle Valley High School in Gypsum performed at Carnegie Hall in New York last month. Here, students and staff share their impressions of the trip:

New York was just amazing. I’ve wanted to go there all my life and to have it finally happen was just a dream come true. This city is so big. The Empire State building was amazing. The views were beautiful. It was such a great experience, especially at night.

Another great experience was the Statue of Liberty. I had no idea it was that big and that detailed. Each day was breath taking. The city never sleeps which was so different but awesome. Getting ice cream at midnight in Times Square was a new experience that will not be forgotten, just like the rest of this trip.

I also had a great time in China Town. It’s not everyday a girl gets to bargain a price down for her yellow New York sweat shirt.

Carnegie Hall was so beautiful. As soon as you walk in you’re amazed and breathless. I was so honored to be invited to sing there. It was such a highlight of the trip, all the rehearsal and fundraising was 100 percent worth it.

One of my favorite things about the trip to New York was the spectacular view from the top of the Empire State Building at night. With all of the lights from the city and being able to see the Hudson River, it feels like magic.

Carnegie Hall was amazing. It was a wonderful experience to be able to sing there and I feel like the many choirs managed to come together and blend well. From where I was standing, there wasn’t really much controversy, and it was amazing to be able to blend so well with perfect strangers.

I also really enjoyed Radio City Music Hall. It was enormous, and you could feel the capacity in the auditorium.

I really enjoyed the whole trip. It is a memory that I will never forget, and I had a blast.

The trip to New York City was the trip of a lifetime. I came home with so many great memories that will stay with me forever.

One of the best parts of this trip was getting to perform at Carnegie Hall. I didn’t know how truly amazing and special that experience would be until it actually happened. The feeling that I got from the performance was something that I don’t think can ever be matched in my life time.

Not many people can say that they have performed at Carnegie Hall and I can, and I know what it feels like to perform there. Words can’t describe how I felt that night.

Some other great experiences that I will take with me include hailing a taxi for the first time, riding the subway for the first time, and looking over all of New York City from the top of the Empire State Building. Thank you to everybody that helped me make this trip possible. I had the time of my life.

From singing on the Carnegie Hall stage and soaking up the spotlight, to walking in the rain around Chinatown just to find that one perfect purse, New York is truly what dreams are made of.

For me, New York holds many firsts – my first subway ride, my first appearance on the Today Show, my first semi-professional concert, and my own first-hand look at New York life.

Days normally started with rehearsals and ended with a Broadway show or ice cream in Time Square. Months of preparation led up to this week in the Big Apple and it was sad to see our time in the city disappear so quickly. We all made friends with the other choirs while singing a Coronation Mass and a piece by Mozart.

We stared up at the Statue of Liberty, looked down from the tippy top of the Empire State Building, took pictures with a Rockette, laughed along with the actors in Chicago, got lost in Macy’s, bought knock-off purses, and sang on a critically acclaimed stage. My choir and I got the chance of a lifetime and it will not be forgotten.

It was such a unique and wonderful opportunity for high school musicians to get the chance to perform not only with other high school students, but also with college students, adults and professionals.

I was standing on the stage thinking, “I am about to perform in Carnegie Hall” and still almost not believing it. As a musician and an educator it was such an unbelievable experience. It is something that I and my students will never forget.

The sightseeing was very special in its own way, as many of the students and chaperones (including myself) had never been to New York City. The two Broadway shows I saw were great, especially the new show “Memphis.”

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