serendipity – (n) good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries

William Skoog of Rhodes College and Artistic Director for the Dublin Choral Festival opened rehearsal describing several serendipitous events that led to an amazing festival. Jocelyn Hagen, musician and composer, is the accompanist for the festival. The choir will perform one of her compositions, Hands. Her husband, musician and composer Timothy C. Takach, is singing in the choir. The choir is performing Takach’s Neither Angels Nor Demons. We had the pleasure of hearing them sing together at the welcome luncheon. So talented! Their band is called Nation.

While LTYC rehearsed, Dance Unbound had a great Irish dance class. So exciting! Check out the Mid Maryland Performing Arts Center on Facebook!

The welcome luncheon at Taylor’s Three Rock was so much fun! We were treated to delicious food, Irish dancing and music by Coscan.

In a bit of our own serendipity, Coscan performed The Rattlin’ Bog with special guests, the Little Traverse Youth Choir while Dance Unbound danced in the back.

We attended Evensong at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the National Cathedral of Ireland and was built in honor of St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint.

We returned to St. Patrick’s College for an evening rehearsal. The final notes took my breath away. We are taking the advice of William Skoog to live in the moment and savor every experience. Today was a most definitely a collection of amazing moments to savor!


A Day in Dublin

What a fabulous day, with fantastic memories and growing friendships! We landed in Dublin at 7:30am and met our tour director who took us on a panoramic tour of Dublin. We saw so many colorful doors! We passed St. Stephen’s Green, Marrion Square, Liffey Footbridges, Grafton Street, Temple Bar neighborhood, O’Connoll and Phoenix Park. We passed St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the national cathedral of Ireland, where we will be rehearsing in the morning and Christ Church Cathedral, the Church where the festival gala concert will be held on Saturday.

After a delicious lunch near Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university, we visited the college to observe the Book of Kells. Dating back to AD 800, the calligraphy and artwork were incredible and among the oldest books in the world.

Nothing could have prepared us for what waited at the top of the stairs. The Long Room housed the most breathtaking of libraries! Imagine floor to ceiling ancient books!

We completed our time at the campus with our first flash mob with Dance Unbound. So special!

I’ll leave you with one of the best parts of traveling with a choir and dance group! How fun is this?!

Greetings from Dublin!

We’ve watched the magic of a sunset above the clouds and the sky brighten with a new day. We’ve arrived be landing in Dublin at 7:34am, 2:30am Eastern Standard Time Zone. Everyone did their best to rest on the flight.

It was a long, fun first day of travel that included over 4,000 miles and began with a joyous send-off and included bus rehearsals and karaoke, a flash performance before boarding, first flights and new friendships. We’re so excited to have been joined by Mid-Maryland Performing Arts Center’s Dance Unbound!

Enjoy some favorite moments from our first day. We’re so excited to see what today will bring!

Greetings from Dublin!!!

A beautiful day

34888959_2156265811056931_655738779071414272_nAfter months of hard work, today we celebrated our final rehearsal in preparation for the Dublin Choral Festival with a few songs in Downtown Petoskey! What began as a seemingly impossible dream is just days from coming true!

We are the Little Traverse Youth Choir, a tuition-free choir of singers ages 12-19 from throughout Northern Michigan. This fall we received an exiting invitation to sing in the prestigious 2018 Dublin Choral Festival in Dublin, Ireland, and to perform in the American Celebration of Music in Scotland with concerts in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland!

On Tuesday morning, we will board a bus to Chicago, to meet fellow performers from Mid-Maryland Performing Arts Center’s Dance Unbound, then board a plane that will take us to Dublin. For many of us, it will be our first time flying. New friendships and experiences await. We will sing in cathedrals and castles, all while making new friendships and amazing memories. We’ll grow as a group and grow in confidence. Upon our return, we’re so excited to perform at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts Community Open House, in celebration of the Center’s grand opening on July 8! We hope some of our new friends will come to visit when we host the Children of the World in Harmony Festival in Northern MI in July, 2019.

We are so grateful for the support we have received from so many! Whether you attended a concert, donated cans, bought a pie, a bake sale item, pasta, a wreath, or made a donation to “Adopt a Star” or GoFundMe, we thank you. We are so grateful to each and every one of you!

We are so close to boarding our bus with fundraising complete! A generous Friend of the Choir has stepped in to help us draw the fundraising portion to a close with a $4,000 challenge grant. Donations are being gratefully accepted on-line at Square and by checks made payable to “VWB” and mailed to Brenda Bell, President, Voices Without Borders, 320 Crown Pointe Drive, Petoskey, MI. 49770. Voices Without Borders is a 501(c)(3) and donations are tax deductible.

Thank you from the very bottom of our hearts!

Stay tuned! It is going to be an amazing adventure and we would love to share it with you!