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Sandy high choir still working to pay for trip to New York

Fundraisers for New York City trip have been successful


Bruce Scarth doesn’t believe going to New York City is a once in a lifetime opportunity. But performing in front of roughly 1,500 people on the Lincoln Center stage in New York City doesn’t come along often.

“For us, this will be a fantastic experience,” said Scarth, the choir director at Sandy High School.

Seeing that dream come to fruition is driving Scarth and his Sandy High School symphonic choir to spend months fundraising before their April trip.

Each of the 30 students in the choir are trying to raise $1,660, but that will only be enough money to pay for the flight and hotel. It does not include meals and spending money when the group is in New York City from April 4-8.

“We’ll keep doing whatever it takes to raise money for this trip,” Scarth said.

Reaching that goal has meant looking for any opportunity to perform in and around Sandy.

Already, the group has performed at “First Friday” events in December at Clackamas County Bank and Mt. Hood Cleaners. Last weekend the choir sang for the Gold Club in Welches and at the Festival of Lights in Portland.

They’ve also brought the Christmas spirit to shoppers at Fred Meyer by caroling in front of the store.

While many efforts have been successful, $1,500 worth of fireworks was stolen from the choir’s fourth of July fundraiser in late June.

But when word spread about the unfortunate incident, people came out in droves looking to lend a hand.

They raised nearly $1,000 from a performance at the Sandy Woman’s Club, and a commissioner from Clackamas County has asked the choir to sing before a January hearing in Oregon City.

“The community is getting involved, and it’s really cool seeing them support the kids so they can have this experience,” Scarth said.

During the choir’s four days in New York City, they’ll see a Broadway show, attend a banquet and have two rehearsals at Lincoln Center before performing for 1,500 to 1,600 people on April 7.

There are numerous avenues for anyone looking to support the choir. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Scarth at 503-668-8011, ext. 7239. People can also contact the Sandy High School music treasurer, Seana Bennett, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-332-3551.