So today has been crazy. We already spent a bajillion hours on the bus yesterday (which in Tsarina-speak is about seven or eight hours) and that was just to get to Boston. I’m used to Texas road trips, so it wasn’t too insane, but on a bus of almost 50 people, it can be a lot.
After spending a relaxing (and frigid) evening out in Boston and a comfortable evening in the hotel, we had a call time at 9 a.m. Lucky for the choir that there is a Starbucks in the lobby. Today we had workshops with two high schools around Boston. The first was Acton-Boxborough High School, an exemplary school with an energetic choral program. Singing for them and listening to them sing was so invigorating. They sang a rendition of Somebody to Love that left us cheering our faces off. Their talent and passion for music was so impressive, and we loved that they were our first stop of tour.
I got to talk to a girl named Emily who had awesome multi-colored hair and her friend Ava after the workshop was over, and it was great to talk to high schoolers who truly love music even if it wasn’t their end goal.
The Wellesley High School choral program was equally as impressive. They had such a big program (upwards of 250 students) and sang a beautiful song about peace and harmony. While they were singing an impressive version of Pentatonix’s White Winter Hymnal, we noticed that one of the students was wearing a Westminster sweatshirt. Her name is Jessica and she’ll be coming to audition at Westminster! (Good luck, Jessica! We’re rooting for you!) Of course, we had to take advantage of the Kodak moment and get a group pic.
We then proceeded to go to Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola (which, by the way, is one of the most beautiful churches I’ve ever seen) and practice for the concert the next day. After rehearsal, we went to go get dinner at a mall nearby and then headed back to the church to meet our host families. Unfortunately, some of us weren’t able to stay with host families, so we stayed in the hotel again. Thus, I sit in the lobby of this gorgeous Sheraton, listening to the late-night bar gossip, writing this blog post.
Anyways, gotta get some sleep. We’ve got some sight-seeing to do tomorrow and I’m planning on seeing Harvard!