May 20, 2012

No rehearsal today – finally time to explore more restaurants of Charleston.  Many member of the choir visited Drayton Hall – a palatial house built between 1738 and 1742 that survived the American Revolution, the Civil War, earthquakes, and hurricanes.  It is the most significant surviving building in ‘British North America’, and has been studied by architectural historians for decades.


Drayton Hall.


In addition to a tour of the magnificent dwelling, we were able to wander the grounds, visit the property’s burial ground, and even get up close to a couple of baby alligators (no choir members were harmed in the creation of these photographs.)

Baby alligator at Drayton Hall.

Other choristers took the day to go to the beach and enjoy the lovely Isle of Palms.  Still others slept into the afternoon, and took advantage of the time to get groceries, new shoes, or practice rep for other summer programs.

We met as a choir for an extra rehearsal to do a couple runs of Verdi’s Ave Maria, which we will soon perform with Dr. Flummerfelt.  It was impressive that every choir member came to the rehearsal without complaint, though it was technically supposed to be a day free of professional obligation.  Equally impressive was the focus and progress of this rehearsal which was led entirely by choir members.  Like a family, we may not always agree with each other all of the time, but like a family we are united in our common love and goals.

The evening ushered in still more food (Burger Babies, Nick’s BBQ, Pita Pit) and another session of LOTR.

Dinner at the Kickin’ Chickin. (Left to right: Gillian Hurst, alto; Maggie Montoney, soprano; Kyle Van Schoonhoven, tenor; Lauren Shriver, alto; Allison Miller, soprano; Ryan Brown, bass; Andrew Maggio, bass)

Whether we reach the end by the end of our stay here remains to be seen, but it is certainly giving us added inspiration for the chain-mail costumes.

About Westminster Choir

Westminster Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, a center for music study in Princeton, N.J.
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