In March, nearly two dozen East Central College students will become part of Carnegie Hall’s storied history, joining the likes of George Gershwin, Judy Garland and The Beatles.

“Performing at Carnegie Hall is the ultimate stage for vocalists,” said ECC student Jennifer Komo. “It’s a huge honor. I’m beyond thankful for this opportunity and can’t wait for the experience.”

The March 19 concert is being made possible by MidAmerica Productions, the foremost independent producer of choral concerts at Carnegie Hall. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students but also for East Central College Choral Director Dr. Tim Sexton.

“The director of choirs at the University of South Carolina, where I did my graduate work, was asked to submit a few names of choral directors he believed would be worthy of conducting an ensemble at Carnegie,” Sexton said, who will direct the students.

The East Central College students, alongside singers from St. Clair High School, Florida, Michigan, Arizona and New York, will perform “Fern Hill” by John Corigiliano.

For student Kassidy Forbus, it’s an opportunity she almost missed.

“This will be my first time to New York,” she said. “I know if I hadn’t come back to college, this opportunity would’ve never been made available to me in any other way.”

To go on the trip, each student has to pay their own way. The students are holding two fundraising events in February to help cover costs.

Saturday, Feb. 10, the students will host a Valentine’s Dinner at Holy Trinity Lutheran in St. Clair. Saturday, Febr. 24, the Sons of the American Legion are hosting a jazz and dinner event from 5-7 p.m. in Union.

Following the dinner, Voce Blue, Jazz Band and Jazz Combo will perform their annual swing concert in the American Legion Hall.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for both events.