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Hamilton Choir to Perform at Carnegie Hall Benefit Concert

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This weekend, 46 local high school choir students will have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of singing on stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Members of the Hamilton High School Choir will provide backup vocals and perform solo during this weekend's Golden Hat Foundation benefit for autism at Carnegie Hall.

This past spring, the Hamilton High School Choir's sang in a PBS special called "Celebrate America."

That performance caught the attention of actress Kate Winslet -- best known for her performance in the movie Titanic, and earned them an invitation to perform during her charity's benefit at Carnegie Hall.

"At first, I didn't really believe I was going…"

Sophomore Aidan Carmody -- a tenor in the Hamilton High School Choir -- is one of the lucky 46, who will provide backup vocals and perform solo during the Golden Hat Foundation benefit.

Carmody said, "It's obviously going to be a once in a lifetime experience… we're singing at Carnegie Hall."

"We're really lucky to have the music program that we have, because we sort of have a work ethic established beforehand," said Emarie Majors.

Majors said she's learned how to sing with a passion, which she's excited to showcase inside the legendary Carnegie Hall.

She explained, "Just like, the spirit of music that moves you, and how you can really pull through the beauty of it all."

"Like, we're still singing to an audience, but it's just going to be an audience that's in Carnegie Hall and not in Hamilton High School," said Marie Morin, another first alto.

Morin said she and her classmates understand what an honor it is to perform at the benefit.

"It's not to be about us, it's about helping the people that have autism and help support their charity," Morin said.

The choir will sing alongside a group called "Forte" -- winners of the show America's Got Talent -- and other professional musicians.

"There's a lot of pressure to make sure things are correct before you ever get on the plane and everything has to be memorized and ready to go," said Peggy Bucheit, choir director.

Bucheit has taught at Hamilton High School for 30 years, and now serves as choir director.

She said it was a complete shock to learn they'd received the invitation, but she's confident her students are ready.

"I'm seeing just this huge passion developing within them as individual singers, which of course is what I long for as a teacher," Bucheit said.

School officials said the trip cost a grand total of $52,000, and was made possible through generous donations from the Hamilton community.

Students will tour the 9/11 memorial, the Statue of Liberty, and other famous landmarks during their three-day visit to New York City.

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