It has been one week exactly since I have been home. About a hundred people have asked “how was the trip” and I say it was “good, great, fantastic, awesome” or something of the sort, but really I just don’t know what word could describe the trip and give it justice. There was just too many aspects, too many stories, too many concerts, too many emotions, too many everything to sum up that whole trip in one word.
The roller coaster that was the crazy chorale tour of 2012 will forever be a part of my memory, a part of my life experience. Since I’ve been home I’ve been tagged in over 100 facebook photos and each picture is a memory I get to relive every time I look at it. The videos bring me back to the moment where we did our own remix of “Soon-ah will be done” by William Dawson and counted off for the billionth time in a train station. All the memories keep flooding my mind and sometimes I think I’ll wake up in a different room other than my own.
From the light that exploded while we sang “Ziles Zinja” by Peteris Vasks in the Grand Prix round, to finding Seamus on the bus in Greece, each memory made will keep the UD Chorale of 2012 bonded together for a lifetime. To share those memories, videos, and photos together we made a facebook group and everyday its been updated with a funny story or picture or where to get our favorite beer from Germany in Maryland haha.
The thing about this chorale and this trip that separates out from every other one is that we bonded. We became a family not unlike the Von trapp family haha, but we became so tightly knitted into each others lives and memories from the journey that this 22 adventure took us on. So it is impossible for me to explain to anyone who was not on this trip in one word how was the whole experience. It was a string of experiences that created a family and created a lifetime full of memories that we will be laughing about 20, 30, 40 years from now. I know I sound nostalgic, and a bit like a halmark card but I only speak the truth from my own personal experience.
There is just something so very special about the UD chorale and that sticks with you for a lifetime. Even from getting back I think I’ve had more chorale alum reach out and wanted to know everything about the trip than the members of my family. We do so much more then sing the notes on the page and see each other in rehearsal. We dig as deep as we can in the music and human emotion to give the audience and ourselves the most authentic and raw experiences possible. I have never expected this experience and I cannot believe still that I’ve had the honor and privilege to be in this group for 2 years and hopefully a 3rd (my chorale audition is coming up in a couple of weeks! ).
I guess I’m still digesting the entire experience one day, one picture, and one video at a time. I still have no words to explain to someone how the whole experience was… it simply just goes above and beyond the way of words. This trip just went above and beyond expectations of everyone including myself. We took silver in the Grand Prix (officially: Dr. Head got the email saying if Latvia cannot go to the Grand Prix round in Italy next year we are next on the list!!), we saw incredible sights, we met outstanding people, and we touched people’s souls including our own. Just to have the opportunity to do all of the things we did is such a privilege and to have the opportunity to represent not just UD but the USA abroad on an international venue has been the most honoring and humbling experience.
Thank you to everyone who made this trip happen, who supported us, who kept us going. Thank you to everyone who read my rambling blog posts! Thanks for following the incredible journey that has been the Crazy Chorale Tour of 2012. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for helping to create memories that will last all of us a lifetime.
Just because I am back on USA soil doesn’t mean I’m done blogging about the trip. There is so much to reflect on, and so many pictures and videos that need to be uploaded! Please stay tuned! Also check out the UDaily article, and they quoted my blog (what an honor!)!!
You heard it after tonight the UD Chorale is going dry for competition. We are doing this so we are at our peak vocally once competition comes! Tonight we had a concert at the Maygar Radio and it was really spectacular.. We finally sang some of the very strange to hear competition pieces for an audience, which was very productive! The fun happened after the concert and Reka took us out to dinner! We went to this AMAZING buffet! I ate shark, sushi,tilapia, chili chicken, greek salad, scrumptious desserts and fruits! It was unbelievably delicious!! Probably one of the best meals I’ve had in my whole life! We ended the meal with singing some spirituals and remixing them as well! After this amazing meal at midnight the whole chorale goes on prohibition for competition but tomorrow we go to Reka’s home town of Pecs (which is in wine country… Why is this AFTER prohibition?!) Still I’m very excited!
We have left Vienna :( and we took another 7hour train ride to Frankfurt, Germany. At least there was not an Austrian bachelor party on this 7hour train ride. I do have to say I miss Vienna, I could have spent much more time there! Too much to see, especially if you’re a musician! But I enjoyed my last morning shopping in the Nachmarkt and exploring more of the Stephansplatz! Then we hopped on the train to Frankfurt. Let me just say there was major cabin fever by hour 5 on the train …. And some genius decided it would be funny to put 52 Americans in the quiet car! Hahah but we survived.. And I was part of a top secret project for making superlatives for everyone on the trip! We are presenting them tonight after the final concert at the final meal!
As for today this would be the 3rd time I thought I had to pay to go see the church and in reality I ended up climbing to the top of the bell tower… Did I ever say I do NOT like heights! But the view was beautiful. I also had a nice lunch in the square and now I’m about to prepare for the final concert of the trip, and the final concert with the members of the UD Chorale of 2012. This will be the seniors last performance and I have a feeling it’s going to be a tear jerker. This is it, this is the end of the 22 day UD Chorale tour, it is so surreal that tomorrow I will be back in the states and will be able to watch the Olympics in English haha! We keep saying how Erding, Germany (our first stop) seems like 6 months ago, but when we left Hungary it felt like we were there for 10 minutes and not 10 days. This trip has been a series of ups, downs, crazy buses, trains, planes, plot twists, intensity, emotional, and heart warming moments. More to come later… And when I’m back on my real computer and wifi in the states and not my iPhone in shotty wifi I will add many more stories and reflections from the trip that I simply haven’t had time to write out. ( I must explain the exploding light bulb!) For now it is time to put on my chorale dress one final time before I can get it dry cleaned again!!!!!!! It’s time to make a few more memories!