Stevenson Choral Guild gets ‘corny’ at fundraiser
The Stevenson High School choral guild sold roasted corn at their Long Grove fundraiser. Kayla Merritt enjoys the golden kernels. | Joe Cyganowski~for Sun Times Media
Updated: August 14, 2012 7:03PM
The Stevenson High School Choral Guild held its second-annual roasted-corn fundraiser Saturday at Sunset Foods in Long Grove.
“Last year was a last-minute thing,” but Alice Nuteson, choir director, said it had proved enough of a success to bring back for 2012. “It’s really an opportunity for the kids to come together and do some service work. We do it for fun.”
The Choral Guild is the parent group that helps fund and organize events, equipment and trips for the choir that the school does not have time or money for. Nuteson said that in 2011-12, the choir included 185 students, and the guild contained about 100 families.
Every other year, the guild helps sponsor a choir trip. Last year, the group went to New York City.
With this being an off year, Nuteson said they are looking into a trip to downtown Chicago, but “nothing has been set in stone.”
Laurie Levinson, one of the guild’s parent volunteers, said the group also purchased an electronic drum set last year, to replace its traditional instruments.
“The regular drums were too loud,” she said, while an electronic system allows for more volume control.
Levinson said she enjoyed watching the students getting involved in the guild’s fundraising.
“This way they can raise the money themselves,” she said.
Nuteson said the group also offers scholarships for alumni, pays for unexpected costs as they come up and commissions original works from composers. The corn roast is the first of several fundraisers they organize throughout the school year.
The guild will have a welcome dinner for choir singers Aug. 22. The schedule also features four concerts, including jazz and madrigal shows.