St. Francis High’s choir cancels tour after theft

first_imgMOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — St. Francis High School’s chamber choir singers spent the past year raising $13,000 for their year-end trip, but their plans fizzled when they found out trip organizers stole the money. Just days before their trip to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City last week, the students learned they had been fleeced by a Florida-based company that organized the trip for St. Francis and dozens of other high school choirs, said choir director Margaret Durando. “We all feel like we ran into a brick wall, and there’s nothing we can do about it,” Durando said. Details of the theft remained sketchy, and the company’s owner could not be reached for comment. Most of the students lost $400 to $500 each, she said. The trip would have been the first out of state for the Catholic school choir. “We’ve done local performances and competitions, but this was our big thing,” said Douglas Gibson, a St. Francis choir member. “A whole lot of work went into it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more