The tour was so much fun. It was probably the best yet (though I know alums who might argue that their years had a lot to offer.
We saw amazing sights, met some really nice people, and were able to perform in places with acoustics. There was plenty to do and I was exhausted every night. It was really fun to get to know other choir members throughout the tour. It was neat to watch them change and grow in those few days. I will never forget the last few performances (some better than others) because it means so much to be able to stand next to friends while making beautiful music and communicating. The last one was heartbreaking, but it was nice to realize that there were 55 other people there to “hold my hand.”
As I begin my summer, choir becomes a thing I look back on nostalgically because there were so many laughs, tears, mistakes and triumphs. There is always someone to hang out with, to goof off with, and to talk to about issues that matter. Choir has been an outlet for self-expression. It is a place to learn leadership skills, following skills, and personal skills. These years are irreplaceable and I will look back on them forever.
I have grown not only as a musician but also as a person thanks to what this group (the experiences, rehearsals, performances, retreats, meetings, and choir tours) has taught me.
Thank you to the other choir officers and assistants, Mrs. Wilner, and the administration of the college for four fabulous years.
There are no words that could express how thankful I am that I got the chance to be a part of choir and to go to Scotland. I have been in the Concert Choir all four years. I loved being able to express myself through music with such a talented group of people. Mrs. Wilner really has a gift for bringing out the best in all of us. She can make a bunch of different college students into a group of beautiful musicians. She has allowed us to go on many different trips and affect many people through our music. I am very grateful for her! We have been able to visit many places I would not normally visit. I was so excited about going to Scotland. It is one of the many places that I wanted to visit all my life. I am so grateful to all of the people that have made it possible for the choir to take this trip! It was the best choir tour that we have ever taken. I enjoyed seeing all of the historic places, learning about each one, and sharing in it with such a wonderful group of people! I loved learning about my own heritage in Scotland. It is a trip that I will remember all of my life! I know that it was a lot of work for many people, but it was truly worth all the work. I loved singing in the big cathedrals. They were so beautiful and the acoustics were so amazing! I loved driving across the countryside. The mountains, fields, sheep, cows, and the many lochs were breathtaking! I took many pictures while I was there, and I look forward to sharing my memories with my family for many years to come. I want to thank anyone who had a role in making this trip possible! It was one of the greatest times of my life, and I am forever grateful to you in making it possible for all of to visit and sing at such a beautiful place.
~ Rebecca Thompson