ST. MARYS — Local high school students will be putting on a benefit as a way to raise money for their peers to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this summer.
The St. Marys choirs are putting on a benefit concert on April 21.
"This is benefitting our trip to the World Choir Games," St. Marys Memorial High School Choir Director Christy Taylor said. "The World Choir Games brings choirs from all over the world to perform together and separate."
Taylor noted choirs can compete during the World Choir Games, but the St. Marys choirs will not be competing — they will, however, perform.
"It's an awesome opportunity for the students," Taylor said of the games, which will be from July 13 to 14 in Cincinnati.
"This time the World Choir Games is in driving distance," she said. "It's a one-time shot for most of us, so we figured we might as well seize the day."
During the benefit concert, there will be a variety of student performances, Taylor noted.
"Small groups from each ensemble will be performing," she said. "They'll get to see Glitter N Gold, symphonic choir, mixed choir and concert choir."
There will also be a silent auction featuring various items, including artwork and various beauty products, as well as a 50/50 raffle.
"They can watch the performances," Taylor said. "We'll also have small games that the students are putting together, and we'll also have some refreshments and some desserts, as well."
The benefit concert is a first for the St. Marys choirs, Taylor noted, adding there will also be non-choir students participating.
"We have students who are in their own bands, solos, duets, dancers," she said. "It's basically a talent show-like opportunity for them to perform things they wouldn't otherwise perform. All the students of Memorial High School were invited to participate."
Taylor estimated the benefit concert will feature between 50 and 60 performers.
"It isn't just the choirs," she said. "It'll be students from all over our student body."
Taylor noted she is excited to be able to take her students to witness the World Choir Games.
"These students are on the verge of something great," she said. "They've worked very hard this year — two ensembles are going to state. I'm thrilled to showcase these talents at the World Choir Games."
Taylor noted she is from Cincinnati, which makes this trip even more special to her.
"I feel a connection with the city and the arts there," she said. "I want the students to experience it as well, and it's an experience they might not get to experience again."
The benefit concert will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Memorial High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are general admission for $3 and will be sold at the door.
All the proceeds from the benefit concert will go toward the Memorial High School choirs' performance at the World Choir Games.