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Local singers perform with Josh Groban

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Don't be surprised if you thought you recognized some of the backup singers at the Sprint Center Wednesday night.

On each stop of the In The Round tour, Josh Groban selects 16 lucky locals to sing backup.

"Someone who knew someone called someone and asked our director to get 16 singers together and he did. Most of us are from Kantorei, KC," said Stacy Tholen, one of the backup singers.

This was, by far, the biggest stage for most of the singers.

"If you're not nervous, you're not a real performer," Tholen quipped.

Chris Munce, the director of Kantorei of Kansas City, found out just two weeks ago that Groban needed some help onstage. Jon Duncan, a member of Kantorei, who is a middle school choir teacher by day, said he jumped at the chance.

"I knew that I wouldn't have this opportunity very often, it's kind of once in a lifetime, I had to jump in," Duncan said.

Duncan is using his 15 minutes of fame to introduce different styles of music to his classes.

"They think of his music as pop, I think of it more as a blend of pop and classical and Gospel," he said. "They hear his music and notice some choral parts in there. I played his music for them today in class and they thought it was pretty cool."

The singers spent most of Wednesday afternoon rehearsing for the three songs they sung, every detail had to be perfect.

"Music is what gives me goose bumps. Working with other musicians and collaborating and being something that's bigger than yourself. I always say that choir is the best example of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts," Duncan said.

On many tours Groban uses local singers as a way to promote art and music. He says it compliments his Find Your Light foundation.

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