Performing Arts Sample Experiences
Glee Club UK Concert Tour
Singing and performing were not the only things this Glee Club was able to take advantage of in a two-week tour of Wales, England and Scotland. These college students had the opportunity to attend receptions and lectures along with social occasions with local residents and interact with local choirs. They toured Chester’s beautiful medieval architecture, Snowdonia National Park, Northumberland National Park, walking tours of York and Harrogate, guided tours of the castle of Edinburgh and a visit to the monument of William Wallace and Bannockburn. There were several notable joint performances in Wales with all-male choirs. The Glee Club performed at the York Minister and experienced an evening reception and concert with St. John’s College. In Edinburgh, they performed at the St. Giles Cathedral and held a final concert at the University of Glasgow. Final stops in Glasgow including St. Mungo’s, the Museum of Religious Art and Life, and a boat ride on Loch Lomond.
Band Tour to Egypt
The 71 members of the college band and 19 alumni were
immersed in the Egyptian culture for approximately three weeks. They had five featured performances at some of Egypt’s most celebrated cultural venues in Cairo, Alexandria, and Luxor. When not performing, they were climbing the Pyramids, visiting ancient sights, museums and cruising the Nile. Members of the band earned academic credit by taking a course entitled A Portrait of Egypt, focusing on Egyptian culture. They also had a four-day Nile Cruise allowing visits to ancient temples and archeological sites.
College Symphony Orchestra Residency in Vienna
This 88-member college symphony orchestra spent an intensive three-week residency in Vienna while also incorporating the sights of Salzburg and Munich. The group experienced daily rehearsals, lectures and discussions, and museum visits while also viewing local performances focusing on Viennese history, culture and musical traditions. Site visits focused on the study of representative works of music, art and architecture emblematic of Austrian history. The course highlights included three public performances in the following venues: Kulturzentrum Oberschutzen, Stockerau Concert Hall and the Konzerthaus Vienna.