Send Pitch Please to Carnegie Hall!

$3,914 of $10k goal

Raised by 60 people in 10 months
Matt Hanson
for NHS Arts Education Foundation
 PITTSBORO, NC

Hello! Pitch Please is a contemporary a cappella group from Northwood High School in Pittsboro, NC. The ensemble is  made up of 18 auditioned singers that rehearse twice a week after school under the direction of Northwood Choral Director, Matthew Hanson.

In February, the group competed in the International Championship of High School A Cappella and placed 2nd in the semi-final round held in Atlanta, GA. Pitch Please has placed 1st and 2nd in the MIX 101.5 Christmas Choir Competition the past 2 years and won $7,000 for their choral program. The student's music can also be found on iTunes with the release of their EP entitled "Take Note" last April. This past May, the group won 1st place and the state title in the NCASA A Cappella Competition which included special awards for "Best Choreography", "Best Male Soloist" (Andrew Bonomolo), and "Best Female Soloist" (Carmyn Johnson). Pitch Please stays active in the Chatham County and Triangle community and performs regularly for local festivals, charity functions, and various community events. 

Onto the GREAT NEWS!

We have recently been selected (based on a video audition) to travel to New York City to participate in a performance called Total Vocal put on by none other than the great producer/arranger Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect, NBC's The Sing-Off, The House Jacks)!

Dr. Jonathan Griffin, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor states, "Northwood High School's "Pitch Please" received this invitation because of the quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers as well as the exeptional quality of their audiiton recording."

We will get to spend 5 days and 4 nights in New York City in preparation for our concert and will rehearse 9-10+ hours over the course of the 5 day residency with Deke Sharon. This 4 day adventure will take place April 6-9, 2017 and will culminate with a final performance in Carnegie Hall! 

So.. just who is DEKE SHARON??

Deke is heralded as "The Father of Contemporary A Cappella" and "a one man a cappella revolution" (Boston Globe). Deke is reponsible for the current sound of modern a cappella and for spreading the dense vocal-instrumental sound around the world. 

From San Francisco, CA, Deke is the founder, director, an arranger for the House Jacks, and has share the stage with countless music legends including Ray Charles, James Brown, Crosby Still and Nash, Run DMC, The Temptations, LL Cool J, and The Four Tops. 

Deke produces NBC's "The Sing-Off" and served as arranger, on-site music director, and vocal producer for Universal's "Pitch Perfect" movies. 

So now you can see just why we HAVE to be there, right?!

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for this group and our school as this is the FINAL year that Total Vocal with Deke Sharon will be offered.

ALL funds raised will go toward  the necessary expenses required for us to participate in the 5-day event. This includes round-trip airfare, ground transportation, 4 nights in a mid-town Manhattan hotel, and students partcipant fees. 

Please don't hesitate to contact me with any comments or questions and THANK YOU in advance for supporting our students! 

Thank you,

Matthew N Hanson, Choral Director

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Update 9
Posted by Matt Hanson
4 months ago
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Thank you everyone for your donations thus far!

We are so excited to have won an additional $1,000 in the MIX 101.5 Christmas Choir competition this year!

Come to our Holiday Band & Chorus concert at Northwood on 12/20 at 6:45pm! Admission is 5 canned goods for CORA Food Pantry and NHS FUEL UP backpack program.

We will be presented with our BIG CHECK at the concert that night from a couple producers of the 101.5 morning show :) Plus you will hear our mixed chorus, symphonic band, wind ensemble, and of course US!

See you all there!
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Update 8
Posted by Matt Hanson
4 months ago
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Today is your day to VOTE FOR US in the MIX 101.5 Christmas Choir competition. Head to: www.wralfm.com and for for Northwood HS - "That's Christmas to Me". Vote on as many different devices/computers as you can before 11pm tonight!

The link below will take you to a very special video we made with our recording. We hope you enjoy it and will share it through all of your own social media outlets. Thank you for all your support!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdcaQ-A1kEg&spfreload=10&_sm_byp=iVVV7hH2Smk7RHtV


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Update 7
Posted by Matt Hanson
4 months ago
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We can't wait to share our latest project with you! Stay tuned early next week for something special from us!

Also, we've been selected as a semi-finalist in the MIX 101.5 Christmas Choir Competition for the 3rd year in a row!

Listen in starting this coming Monday-Wednesday to hear our cover of "That's Christmas to Me" by Pentatonix.

Then it's your turn to VOTE VOTE VOTE for us!

1st Place wins $5,000
2nd Place wins $2,000
3rd Place wins $1,000

We placed 1st in 2014 and 2nd in 2015!

A 1st place win would be a HUGE boost toward our $10,000 goal in getting to Carnegie Hall.

Thank you once again for your continued love and support through this campaign!
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Update 6
Posted by Matt Hanson
5 months ago
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We are very excited to be one of the recipients of a grant from Galloway Ridge Charitable Foundation. Their contribution will help underwrite our trip to NYC and Carnegie Hall next Spring. Thank you so much!!

Keep sharing and getting the word out about our $10,000 goal! Everyday one step closer!
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Raised by 60 people in 10 months
Created June 8, 2016
Funds raised will benefit:
NHS Arts Education Foundation
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$75
Krysta Gahagen
1 month ago

Have a great time in NYC! This is a fantastic opportunity and I'm proud to have connections to a school that values the arts and takes advantage of opportunities for travel and new challenges. Over a decade ago, I traveled to barbershop quartet camp on scholarship following a competition and am happy to be able to pay it forward now!

$10
Mary Beth Clark
2 months ago

I'll donate to your worthy cause, provided someone adds an apostrophe to the end of the word "students" in your announcement on Northwood's home page! : D

SK
$25
Sharon Kolman
3 months ago
DF
$100
Dowden Family
3 months ago
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We are so excited for you. What a wonderful opportunity. We hope you have a fantastic trip!

$25
Anonymous
4 months ago
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KJ
$25
kaitlyn jones
4 months ago
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Merry Christmas!!

TF
$50
The Oakes Family
4 months ago
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Merry Christmas!! We look forward to the holiday concert-

CW
$50
Carol Wilson
4 months ago
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Best of Luck!!!

CD
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Chanel Daprix
4 months ago
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CK
$100
Christine Khoury
4 months ago
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Wonderful performance last night for the Chapel Hill Coldwell Banker, HPW Holiday Party. Thank you again.

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