Our home stays brought us back to University Presbyterian Church at 9:00 a.m. sharp for us to load the bus. Our next adventure on tour was our third and final high school workshop at James Bowie High School. We arrived with plenty of time to run a brief warm up and sing through some music. The choral director at James Bowie High School is Ben May, one of Dr. Miller’s first choral conducting master’s students when he came to Westminster Choir College. Another one of the family!
We sang a bit for them, they returned the favor, and we were dazzled with questions afterwards. The booster club hosted a delectable lunch of soup, salad, and desserts to send us on our way. I think it’s safe to say that the Westminster Choir came and “left Austin weird.”
We got on the road to Houston, our last destination on tour, when we were finished at the high school. With only a couple of stops and a movie to entertain us, we arrived in Houston and met our host families. Tonight was a unique circumstance. We usually leave with our host families after a concert, but tonight was the complete opposite. Many were worried about the amount of time we would spend with them. It will certainly make for interesting stories on the bus later. Tenor Alex Underwood and I met up with our hosts and departed almost as quickly as we arrived. Delightful conversation in the car, when we arrived at home, and during dinner is what makes home stays exciting. It brings such a special dimension to the tour experience that it’s hard not to connect with them on a personal level. Tonight was no different. Tomorrow morning brings some free activities in Houston, our final concert, and our ending banquet.