Mountain View Voice

News - June 4, 2010

Madrigals clear $50,000 debt from Paris

The Mountain View High School Madrigals choir is finally debt-free, according to choir director Jill Denny. Intense fundraising helped the choir clear a $50,000 tab that the group racked up when it was unexpectedly stranded in Paris at the end of a European concert tour.

Though an extra week in Paris might sound like heaven to many, it was not so pleasant for the Madrigals, who, like many other travelers, were stuck in Europe when the Icelandic volcano eruption shut down air traffic.

Since their homecoming on April 22, the choir has mobilized to raise money and clear their debt, a MVLA District press release said. The choir gathered the funds through a combination of insurance payments, donations, CD sales and benefit concerts. A May 8 concert with the Peninsulaires Choir became a benefit concert at the last minute, raising a total of $5,300 for the Madrigals, said Dave Kocharhook of the Peninsulaires.

The Madrigals received immense support from the community, for which Denny said she is very grateful.

"People from all over have stepped in to help us," Denny said. "Now we have a new goal: to give back with acts of kindness and support to others — like those we have so generously received."

— EMILY HAMILTON

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