Moments. Now that we are back in Michigan, moments are what I remember. Moments such as singing in Sterling Castle where history has been made for hundreds of years.
Moments like joining with over a hundred singers and presenting a concert full of challenging and beautiful music in front of a large crowd at Christ Church Cathedral. Then there was the moment when I felt like our choir was too exhausted to perform but they dug deep and sang like angels in St. Gile’s Cathedral!
There were so many moments of breathtaking visual beauty and gorgeous music. There were moments of meeting new people and gaining new friends such as the lovely lady from Beijing, China, who’s e-mail address I now have in my contacts. There were surreal moments such as singing and realizing that were were literally being recorded by people from all over the world. I can’t even imagine how many facebook feeds we now appear on and in how many countries.
All of those moments, and more, were great. However, what really made this trip special was the people. Wonderful, caring chaperones who did everything in their power to keep our kids safe while offering them the opportunity of a lifetime. The talented and friendly group of dancers from Maryland that we met and became friends within one week.
The tour guide, the coach driver, and Jack Kukuk that gave their all to keeping us on schedule. And finally, an amazing group of 19 singers that spent their time living in the moment, smelling the roses, and bonding as a true family.
I have had a lot of great moments in my life, but this tour is near the top. I will always be thankful to the many people, who in many ways, made this transformaitonal experience possible.
Voices Without Borders was organized to increase peace, understanding and bonds throughout the world. I am humbled and honored that I was able to serve as choir director on such a huge mission. I am thankful for the people and the moments that brought us to achieving that goal. Being a part of this is huge and something that I never expected for myself. Now, I am excited for more adventures, singer and opportunities to come!
Kevin Well, LTYC Director