It has taken a lot of work with fundraising and dealing with logistics, but at 3:00 a.m., Valentines Day, the Wellington Crusader Choir will finally be flying out of Eisenhower Airport in Wichita and headed to Carnegie Hall. Choir Director Jessica Coldwell spoke Thursday morning about how this all came about.
“On December 26th, 2017, I got an email from my Choral Director at Tabor College, Dr. Bradley Vogel, stating that he was to be the first conductor for the Sunrise Mass by Ola Gjeilio in Carnegie Hall in February 2019. At the end of the email he asked if my choir would be interested in going and singing with the Tabor College Choir. I was so overwhelmed and excited I knew we had to go. So in March of 2018 they approved the trip and much fundraising occurred. The parents, grandparents and the students themselves have reached out so much in this community and the community has responded. I am overwhelmed at the support and hard work that have been given to this trip and hope to express how thankful we are to everyone.”
Coldwell has been teaching in both the Wellington High School and Middle School for five years.
While in New York City, Coldwell said, “We will see Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theater, Grand Central Station, Central Park, Groud Zero tour, Brooklyn Bridge, Washington Square Arch, tour of the Hudson Bay around the Statue of Liberty, and Times Square.”
There will be 29 students going and ten parent sponsors including Choir Director Coldwell.
According to Coldwell, they plan on returning around midnight the following Monday.
The Wellington Daily News congratulates them for getting to achieve their goals and looks forward to hearing how their trip went.