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Oregon City High School's Sound Check wins regional championship

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Sound Check is one of only 10 high school choirs eligible to compete for the national championship.

Sound Check, Oregon City High School's premiere performing choir, has earned the honor of representing their school and community at the A Cappella Education Association's 2017 Convention & High School National Championships, to be held April 21-22 in Memphis, Tennessee.

As the high school winners of the Bend A Cappella Festival Sing-Off last month, Sound Check became the Northwest's regional champion. Sound Check is one of only 10 high school choirs eligible to compete for the national championship.

Oregon City High School Choir Director Julia Voorhies said the honor could not have been bestowed on a more deserving group of students.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Sound Check is one of only 10 high school choirs nationally eligible to compete for the U.S. championship."Ranging from sophomores to seniors, Sound Check students practice tirelessly at 6:45 each morning," Voorhies said. "For most of these students, choir is their 'team,' and they devote the majority of their free time to practice and performance. They proudly represent their school, district and city at every possible opportunity."

Performances have included the holiday tree lighting and Snowflake Raffle kickoff in downtown Oregon City, the Rotary Holiday Luncheon, and the OCHS Veterans Day Assembly. Caroling at OC-area care centers is an annual tradition, as is their performance at the Providence/Willamette Falls "Light Up a Life" tree lighting. Public concerts are performed quarterly and are free-of-charge. Sound Check soon will be featured in a television commercial for Specialty Heating & Cooling, as winners of their recent high school jingle contest. On April 8, they will compete in Portland's Rose City Sing-Off. A benefit concert is being planned for April 14 at OCHS.

For Sound Check and their director, having the honor of competing at the national level is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Having already raised funds this fall for the trip to the Bend Festival, they now find themselves only two months away from the national event, needing to raise a substantial amount of money in a very short period of time.

The Bend Tower Theatre Foundation and its patrons already have contributed generously, and now Sound Check is asking for help from Oregon City community business partners and friends. Donations are tax-deductible (Tax ID #93-6000264), and can be made via the Oregon City High School Accounting Office (reference Sound Check Donation), or through the choir's crowdfunding page on youcaring.com (search under Oregon City High School). A public Facebook page also has been established so patrons, friends and family can follow the group's progress, learn about upcoming performances and fundraising events, and view photos and video clips from the Bend competition.

"We thank you in advance for considering a donation to this very worthy cause," Voorhies said. "We welcome donations of any amount. All donations will receive special recognition in our concert programs and on our Sound Check attire."

More specific information can be found at the choir's website.