A recent Rugby High School graduate named to the All-State Choir of North Dakota will travel to Hawaii with Honor Choir USA for a performance tour June 14-20.
Danae Lashman, daughter of Kevin and Tanya Lashman, received a letter informing her of her place in the national choir after being named to the North Dakota All-State Choir in March, according to a statement from Rugby Music Boosters.
“I’m so excited” she said in a message to the Tribune. “I’ve never been to Hawaii before.”
Lashman said she will be traveling with her best friends Amber and Kasondra Harmel, from Rugby, to Hawaii.
“I’ve been singing since about third year in a church choir, but I sang all four years with the high school (rugby) choir,” she added.
Lashman thanked Andee Mattson, his elementary vocal music teacher at Ely Elementary School.
“Andee Mattson started my musical career in competition,” she says.
“Lexi Rusch did a good job of pushing me out of my comfort zone last year,” Lashman added, paying tribute to Rugby High School’s new music teacher, who completed his first year of teaching in May.
Lashman and Honor Choir USA will perform at the USS Battleship Missouri Memorial in Pearl Harbor; Mokuaikaua Church, which is the oldest church in Hawaii, and Aloha Stadium.