NORWICH After spending a year preparing and fundraising for a trip to the musical mecca of Prague and its annual Choral Festival, a group of eight Norwich High School students and members of the Madrigals Singers and Choir have returned home.
The approximately 10,000-mile round trip was a huge success, according to NHS Music Director Mary Mayo, who said her students as well as she, herself have been forever changed by the experience.
Its hard to put into words, said Mayo. As an educator, this two week experience was extremely valuable. As a human being, the energy I gathered from those two weeks is going to stay with me for a lifetime. Music touches you in a place that you cant always explain in words; it takes you to a place that no other activity can take you. It was electrifying, just electrifying.
The group of students which included Amanda Caulfield, Josh Mahannah, Megan Reynolds, Sean Sheldon, Tambria Schroeder, Dillon Smith, Joshua Seeley and Brooke Bonney spent two weeks in the City of a Hundred Spires, performing side-by-side with professional choirs from Siberia, Russia and the Czech Republic, as well as American high school, college and community choirs. All told, there were 280 vocalists hailing from seven different countries from across the globe involved in the choir, reported Mayo.