Dear Choir Families,
It is with great anticipation and excitement that we write to let you know that details have been finalized for our 2018 Italy Tour! This once in a lifetime journey will take place over Spring Break 2018 (March 27-April 4). Interested students were invited to take a packet of information and an application. We are providing an electronic format (PDF) of this packet for you to look over and discuss with your son or daughter. This trip to will be open to all choir students in grades 10-12.
Singing in the venues where we will be performing, we will need to take the best possible tour choir to Italy. It’s not every day that you can say that you have sung at the Vatican in Rome – our tour will culminate with the Tour Choir providing music for a mass in St. Peter’s Basilica!
Yes, we are planning to provide fundraising opportunities to help families off set some of the costs of the trip. (The number will be contingent on parents available to help organize!). The trip is being offered to us for an excellent price, which includes spectacular destinations in Italy highlighted by unique vocal performance and travel opportunities. The cost of this experience very competitive, particularly considering the quality of experience we are being provided. Beyond the price of the trip, your student will be gaining invaluable cultural, historical, artistic, and educational enhancement with this unique learning opportunity.
While this is not in any way a requirement of being involved in our choir program, this extended learning experience is a way that we can teach so many different aspects of music, life and history in such a powerful way. It’s also a chance to open the eyes of our students, to see the bigger world and then come back home and realize that we are really not that much different. What a great way to promote peace in our society by meeting people from another country and then seeing how they live and finally, sharing our music with them. This is the second international tour the Rockford Choirs has taken with Sechrist Travel – they also created our superb 2014 tour.
We hope that you will consider how your family might be able to make this happen. Yes, most likely it will cost some sacrifice, but what a life-changer this experience will be for those who take part.
If you have additional questions regarding our upcoming trip please feel free to contact Mrs. or Mr. Scott.
The Rockford Choirs