Baton Rouge High choir to sing for Pope Benedict XVI


POSTED: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 2:45pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 3:04pm

The members of the Baton Rouge High Magnet School choir call it the trip of a lifetime.

In just a few months, they'll head overseas. They'll sing at several masses, historical cathedrals and even for Pope Benedict XVI.

Katherine Mullen is one of those students. Despite choral trips to Prague and Budapest, she said this isn't something she'd expect to do anytime soon.

“It’s exciting to go overseas to a different country and do what we love to do,” stated Mullen. “I think all of us are pretty nervous, but it’s still very exciting.”

Leading the group is Robbie Giroir. He's in his 28th year as the choral director at Baton Rouge High. He said he’s excited as for the students, but wants them to do well.

“We just want the music to be at the highest level we possibly can,” stated Giroir. “The tuning of the notes, the intervals, the dynamics, the overall musicality of what you're trying to do – it’s sort of like good Louisiana cooking, it takes a while for the seasoning to come together to get that good gumbo.”

The students have been in practice hours at a time for months; after all the practice, their reward is not just singing internationally, but doing it with the people they care about the most.

The trip costs about $3,000 per student. If you’d like to donate to their cause, please send donations to:

Baton Rouge Magnet High School Festival Singers
C/O Baton Rouge Magnet High School
2825 Government Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

The ten day trip is set for February 6, 2013.

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