Concert for Madrigals to feature Open Rail

By Morgan McKinniss -

CENTENARY — Gallia Academy High School is hosting a special concert this Saturday, Dec. 2 to raise funds for its Madrigals.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. and start at 6 p.m., featuring Open Rail, a local band that has received national recognition and played concerts across the region. The show will also feature several selections from the Gallia Academy Madrigals, including a collaboration with Open Rail. Admission for the evening will be $10 a person, however attendees can be assured of a good cause.

“Our group has taken a giant leap this year, at about 45 members now,” said Nattalie Phillips, choir director. “Gone from about 21 since I came here 5 years ago.”

This increase in members presents new costs, a welcome burden for Phillips. She explained that their next big expense will be risers that Madrigals perform and dance on. The current set is more than 20 years old, and is showing their age.

“Our biggest need is for new risers to dance on. The ones we currently have are broken down and sway quite a bit,” said Phillips. “It’s a little scary for the kids.”

According to Phillips, the minimum cost of a new set of risers exceeds $8,000 while a set that will allow them to continue to grow is likely around $14,000.

“We’re trying to get our first set by next year, and we’ve raised about a third of the money so far,” stated Phillips.

Other costs that they are facing include increased transportation needs and uniforms for the additional members. The Madrigals often go out and sing in the community, including local nursing homes and other elementary schools, which they do at no cost to those organizations.

While many programs in the schools rely on traditional fundraising methods, the Madrigals are branching out into something new. In the past they have done catalog sales: which have been met with little success. Instead, they are trying to promote events as a way to give families an opportunity to come together and make memories.

“Or goal recently has been to try to reformat our fundraising structure so that it focuses more on families spending time with loved ones,” said Phillips. “Our community is hit really hard with brochure sales, so we thought why not try to combine efforts…support a cause that definitely has a need and bring your family out and have a good time together.”

To learn more about the Madrigals or any of the music programs, call Gallia Academy at 740-446-3212.

By Morgan McKinniss

Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342.

Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342.