Guest Writer: William Cabaniss
Every year on our week long trip to Ithaca, NY we experience something different. Last year, we were delayed quite a bit after a tree fell on the road because of flooding. We were stuck on the bus for almost three hours in the same place with only a few Oreos and the movie “Aquamarine”!
This year’s trip was fun, relaxing, and thankfully the bus rides were short. After leaving the 92nd Street Y, we made good time and got there before sunset. We either went with our home-stays from the Ithaca Children’s Choir, or to ‘The House.’ Through the next week were rehearsals, master classes, a couple of breaks, more rehearsals, and lots of swimming.
At the end of the week, we gave two concerts. The first one was with the YPC and ICC performing separately. We did an amazing job, and I think we did the best performances of “Walk in Jerusalem,” and “When I Sing”, ever. The next night was the tutti performance. It featured all of the CME participants conducting various pieces we rehearsed during the week, with Elizabeth conducting “We Will”, and Francisco – the guest conductor for the week – directing us through “Desde Lo Hondo” and “Si Tu Suenas”.
After that concert, we boarded the bus and headed off to Hershey Park! When we got there we had our ‘end of tour memories circle’ as Elizabeth likes to call it. After, I had mixed feelings about moving up to Concert Chorus, because the Intermezzo Chorus is such a great group, and has developed so much since I got there. The next day we had so much fun at Hershey Park! Overall, the trip was a blast and was unforgettable.