The old music industry joke asks, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” While the usual answer is “Practice, practice, practice,” for the Dickson County High School Concert Choir, it also helps to have a former member conducting and it will take quite a bit of fund-raising. The Dickson County School Board granted permission Thursday for the DCHS choir to travel to New York in February to perform at the world-famous Carnegie Hall. Choral Department Director Cindy Freeman told the board the chance to make a lifelong dream come true is the result of a request by 1984 DCHS graduate Gerald Gray. Now the director of Choral Activities at State University of New York-Fredonia, Gray was asked to conduct a choral performance at what many consider the mecca for music, which has hosted performances from some of the world’s greatest orchestras to The Beatles. Freeman said Gray would only agree if he got to conduct the choir from his alma mater, Dickson County High School. “It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn and perform high quality choral literature with a professional orchestra in a world-class venue,” Freeman said in her request to the board. “Carnegie Hall is steeped in tradition and music history.” The trip will be Feb. 14-17 over the Presidents Day weekend and will cost the 60-member choir around $2,000 per student and chaperone, which Freeman said will be raised through donations and fund-raisers. And between now and February, you can bet there will be lots of practice, practice, practice. While the response is generally attributed to comedian Jack Benny, the legend is the answer was originally given by Lithuanian violinist Jascha Haifitz, who was stopped by a tourist asking for directions on the streets of New York.