Temperatures may have hovered around 0-degrees, but the music, food and friendship warmed guests at the Homewood-Flossmoor High School’s Master Singers auction on Jan. 16.
Students traveling in spring to Vienna, Prague and Budapest sang for their guests, served the specialties foods from that region of Europe and sold tickets for the many donations that were raffled off or auctioned off to help raise money for the upcoming trip.
The auction is the major fundraiser hosted by the H-F Choral Parents Association, a volunteer organization, with the sponsoring group Homewood-Flossmoor Fine and Performing Arts Council.
Choir Director Michael Rugen has been working with the 55 students in preparation for the 10-day trip teaching them songs in Latin, Hebrew and French. Several pieces in the groups repertoire were written specifically to be sung in the churches on the schedule, he said.
“H-F is the only high school in Illinois that, through its community support and separate performing arts council, has funded such a record of international performances,” he explained. Over the past 45 years, H-F students have visited 80 international cities.