Singing For Appreciation

Glee Club sells song grams and performs live for fundraiser

Krystal Lai

Staff Writer

American High School’s Glee Club sold song grams as a fundraiser from January 5 to January 9. The concept of song grams gave students the opportunity to “gift” a friend a song performed live by Glee Club members.

Each gram cost $2 from the pre-selected song list; if the song chosen was not on the list, it cost $2.50, and custom-made songs cost $4. The grams will be delivered spontaneously throughout the next few months. The proceeds of the fundraiser go into the funding to buy a new sound system for the school.

“I think that the idea of song grams was really creative and the overall vibe was good,” senior Angelina Lam said.

Freshman Noelle Ho and sophomores Alyssa Wong and Neha Bhanoori perform for Tips for Tunes in front of Faculty Commons. This performance was held on January 8, 2015.
Freshman Noelle Ho and sophomores Alyssa Wong and Neha Bhanoori perform for Tips for Tunes in front of Faculty Commons. This performance was held on January 8, 2015.

Alongside the song grams, the club also incorporated Tips For Tunes, held in the rotunda for three days during the week. People could put tips in the buckets that were labeled with seven different music genres, allowing the acapella singers to perform based off of what people preferred.

“Tips for Tunes is name that two of our members Joyce Chen and Noelle Ho came up with,” president Chloris Li (12) said. “The singers were assigned to categories that they were most familiar with.”

Glee Club had a goal to sell no more than 10 grams, but the result was more than they expected.

“We understand that we are not the best singers, and being sung to is awkward,” Li said. “However, we were surprised ourselves that we sold 19 grams.”

The students who will be delivering the song grams are part of a team within Glee Club devoted specifically for this fundraiser. Senior Nathan Yeung volunteered to be one of the singers, performing for both song grams and Tips for Tunes.

“Singing live was a pretty fun experience, though any opportunity to sing is always fun for me,” Yeung said. “Also there tends to be a scarcity of male singers willing to perform, so I figured I might as well do it.”

According to Yeung, the event went really well and smoothly, and the members were satisfied with the process throughout the week.

“We didn’t really need to dedicate much time for this as there is a lot of talent among Glee Club members, and we were able to work off of each other,” Yeung said. “I’d say the results this week was a good start for many of our projects this year.”

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