Plumosa School Of The Arts Needs Financial Help To Send Students To Perform At Carnegie Hall


Staff report

Students from Delray Beach’s Plumosa School of the Arts are New York City bound.

The school’s music department submitted an audition recording of the third, fourth and fifth grade students to Manhattan Concert Productions.

Based on the audition recording, the students were selected to participate in the Masterwork Festival Chorus production at Carnegie Hall in June. About 75 students and families were given the opportunity to participate.

Ten students and their families chose to accept the commitment of many hours of after-school practice, assisting in fundraising, and supporting their student’s journey.

The trip will cost about $1,400 per child and will include the performance at Carnegie Hall, rehearsals with a professional conductor, lodging, airfare, an opportunity to attend a Broadway performance, and New York City sight-seeing.

So far, there has been a Benefit Concert at the school last month and a Silent Auction held to raise money.

Donations can be made at or accepted at the school. Plumosa School of the Arts 2501 Seacrest Blvd. Delray Beach, FL 33444

Here is what some of the students have to say about their upcoming trip and performance:

Jackson Alvarez:

I am Jackson Alvarez and I’m almost done with 3rd grade at Plumosa School of the Arts. I love singing and learning new songs with Mrs. Bugeja at Plumosa because I love performing and she’s a fun teachcer. I am looking forward to singing in New York City because it is an exciting opportunity I will get to share with my family.

Gabriella Navarro:

I am Gabriella Navarro. I love singing and acting. I am in the 5th grade. I wanted to go to New York and sing because I love singing. I think it will be a really cool to sing there, and because it is a historical place.

Avary DeMarco:

I am 8 years old and in 3rd grade at Plumosa SOA. Drama class and Chorus are my favorite fine arts. I like to sing because it is fun and makes me feel happy. New York is going to be exciting and I have never been there before. The same day of our performance at Carnegie Hall is my 9th birthday!

Hayden Romero:

My name is Hayden Romero. I am 9 years old and a fourth grader at PSOA. I really enjoy singing in the chorus group because I get to make people happy when I perform. I am looking forward to going to New York because I’m excited to sing in Carnegie Hall and see all of NeW York.

Kaelyn Resnick:

My name is Kaelyn Resnick. I am 9 years old and a 3rd grader at Plumosa School of the Arts. I like singing and participating in Chorus.  I really enjoy the fun songs and performing in different places like Barnes and Noble or the Delray Beach Tree Lighting. What I like most about singing is how far your imagination can go when you decide to create your own song. The reason I want to go to New York City is because I think it will be a fun adventure and I love singing. I think I’m going to have the experience of a lifetime!

Lilly Sutton:

My name is Lilly Sutton, and I am eleven years old. I am in the fifth grade at Plumosa School of the Arts. I am in chorus at my school, and I really enjoy it because it gives me the opportunity to do something that I love to do. I am looking forward to performing in Carnegie Hall in New York  because it is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and singing there is a memory that I will never forget.

Ella Bernet:

Hi, my name is Ella Bernet. I am 11 years old. I go to Plumosa School of the Arts. I am in 5th grade and I love to sing. What got me into singing? When I listen to music, I wish to be like them one day. So I started singing myself. I wish one day I could be a famous singer.

Gianluca Campanile:

My name is Gianluca Campanile. I am 10 years old and in the 4th grade at Plumosa School of the arts. I am exited to go to NY and sing in a fancy place. I am excited for my family to see me sing.

Kiara Charles:

My name is Kiara Charles and I am 11 years old and I started singing opera when I was around 7. I loved to write songs with my cousin. Ive always loved music and I am so excited to go to New York. Three years ago I went to Carnegie Hall and saw a performance. My dad asked if I wanted to do that and I said, “Maybe, I’m not that into piano.” But I would love to sing I thought to myself. Now I get to sing in Carnegie Hall. I am so excited!

Juliana Lytal:

I am Juliana Lytal. I am 11 years old. I am in 5th grade at Plumosa School of the Arts, and one of my electives is chorus. I love chorus because we get to sing a lot of songs and have mini concerts to raise money for N.Y. Next, I love the idea of us in NY, plus I’ve never been there so I am super excited.

Lara Lee Bugeja: Music Director Plumosa Elementary School

When I was in high school, I went to New York City to sing with the North Carolina Youth Chorale in Carnegie Hall. The memories I made during this trip will stay with me forever. When I found out that elementary kids were able to sing there too, I knew I wanted to be able to do this one day. And this year is the year.