Thursday January 12th the choir left for Chattanooga. One of our tenors is from Chattanooga, so we got to see some parts of the area that were important to him. The only singing of the day was at Baylor High School, a private school in Chattanooga. After performing for the entire student body, we did an intimate workshop with the high school choir members. They performed a little for us and then we sang the Hallelujah Chorus from Judas Maccabaeus together. That night we stayed in Knoxville, and it began to snow!
Friday morning we went to Farragut High School, one of the largest high schools in Knox County. They are known for their madrigal choir. They were a wonderful group of kids who we got to interact with and get to know during lunch. Many of the students came to our concert in Knoxville later that night.
The Knoxville concert was very well attended. In attendance were Dr. Miller’s family and many of his friends. It proved to be yet another emotional concert for all of us. That night we had homestays, and again I was blessed with a wonderful family in a lovely home to stay with.
Saturday we were up early and headed to Charleston, WV. The Kanawha United Presbyterian Church was a very intimate space compared to some of the other venues. It was a great concert to end the tour with. In the audience was an alumna from the class of 1939 – she studied and sang with Westminster’s founder, John Finley Williamson. After the performance, there was a wonderful reception for audience and performers, and we enjoyed delicious desserts made by the church’s volunteers . It was heartwarming to mingle with audience members who really appreciated the singing. I talked to a couple who drove nearly 200 miles to see that concert!
Sunday morning we packed our bags and headed home. The tour proved to be a success. We are very blessed to be able to create such a high standard of choral singing and to be able to affect peoples lives with it. It’s been a wonderful tour…but back to the grind of Westminster!