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North Oldham High School choir ends up on worldwide stage

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Members of the North Oldham High School Choir found themselves performing live on CNN during a major snowstorm in New York City. Members of the North Oldham High School Choir found themselves performing live on CNN during a major snowstorm in New York City.
North Oldham High School Choir rehearsing. North Oldham High School Choir rehearsing.
Members of the North Oldham High School Choir perform at Carnegie Hall on Jan. 25, 2016. Members of the North Oldham High School Choir perform at Carnegie Hall on Jan. 25, 2016.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Students from North Oldham High School took a bite out of the Big Apple in a big way during a big blizzard, and put Louisville in the national spotlight.

Zach Doyle, the choral director at North Oldham High School, has always known his group was talented. Little did he know that talent would take them all the way to New York City, just as a monster storm was bearing down on the Northeast.

"There was 12 inches of snow on the ground and everything started closing," Doyle recalled.

The group of about 50 students was invited to perform with an ensemble at Carnegie Hall on Jan. 25, but before the curtain rose, Mother Nature threw them a curve ball.

The Great White Way was buried under nearly three feet of snow.

"Times Square was just like this huge party, no cars on the road and there were little kids sledding everywhere," said Olivia Luzzio, a junior at North Oldham High. 

The teens were walking back to the hotel with their chaperone on Saturday when they spotted a CNN news crew out covering the storm.

"She was like 'Oh my gosh! There's CNN, you need to go run up there and sing," said choir member Katie Clutter. 

And that's exactly what they did -- on live TV. 

"I think we sang a part of Let it Snow," Clutter said. "It was the first thing that came to mind as we were standing in the 26-inch blizzard.

Sela Papapietro says they started getting feedback almost immediately. "I got a few texts from my friends, and they were like 'We just saw you on TV!'"

And while it's hard to imagine anything topping that, two days later they were off to Carnegie Hall, an experience Papapietro and his fellow choir members will never forget. 

"Just looking out at all the balconies and everything and then all the people when we were actually performing -- it was just amazing," said Hannah Cleveland. 

"I was just in awe -- the lights," Papapietro said. "I don't know why, it just fascinated me."

As for which experience they'll cherish most, Clutter put it this way: "Carnegie Hall 100 percent. CNN was like 15 seconds of fame but Carnegie Hall was definitely an experience we'll have forever."

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