The Concert Choir took a glorious 10-day tour through southern Ireland over spring break. Traveling by tour buses, they stayed in hotels in four cities — Galway, Cork, Killarney and Dublin.
The entourage consisted of 55 students as well as Director Paula Holmberg and other adult chaperones that included other teachers and parents.
The choir brought their formal robes and performed five public concerts in historic, gothic churches and at the House of Waterford Crystal. Some of their concerts were joint collaborations with local Irish choirs.
The choral students also had the opportunity to take a master class at the Cork School of Music.
In addition to performing, the students visited many historic sites and took in breathtaking scenery and magnificent architecture. The green, lush countryside of the Emerald Isle did not disappoint.
Some of the highlights included:
Cliffs of Moher
Ring of Kerry
Muckross House and Gardens
Blarney Castle and Blarney Stone
Port of Cobh and Cobh Heritage Centre (major emigration point and stop for Titanic and Lusitania)
Trinity College and the Book of Kells
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
The choir has upcoming performances at the on May 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. and on June 3 at 6 p.m.