TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Central High School’s orchestra trip to Washington, D.C., has hit a sour note.
Barely a month before 65 strings, winds and percussion students are scheduled to perform at the Kennedy Center, the group has fallen about $20,000 short of paying the anticipated cost of the trip, said orchestra director Ellen Boyer.
So far the orchestra has raised about 75 percent of the money it needs for the March trip, estimated at $1,000 per person, including chaperons. Fundraisers include calendar, bake and discount card sales, a silent auction and community performances.
“Little ladies have come to the office with $5 or $15 or $25. Even the Zombie Run that occurred in October gave 10 percent of their profits to us,” Boyer said. “When people know, they respond. I think getting the word out has been the challenge.”
The weather hasn’t helped, either. Boyer said the orchestra has missed three of its Monday night rehearsals this month because of snow days and the Martin Luther King holiday.
“We are in good shape musically, but we can’t afford a snowy February,” she said.
Boyer said the show — part of the four-day Capital Music Festival featuring high school orchestras — will go on, regardless of whether the orchestra raises the money in time.
“If we have to, I guess we will do fundraisers after the trip, whether it’s bake sales or car washes. But that’s kind of not on people’s radar,” she said. “It’s easier before a trip.”
The orchestra will preview its Washington program at a kickoff concert Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Central High School auditorium. The all-American repertoire will include John Williams’ “JFK” Suite, Morton Gould’s “American Salute” and an excerpt from Howard Hanson’s Second Symphony, part of which was written at Interlochen Center for the Arts.
To donate to the orchestra trip, call or email Boyer at 933-3663, firstname.lastname@example.org.