It’s been a lot of action, learning, moving, packed into a week in a foreign land. Now, as you look back over your pictures, journals, and memories of this week please remember what made this all possible. You may think of Dr. LaBarrs' development of the festival and conducting. You may consider Mr. Cornelius’ effort in putting the trip together. You put in work in the end of the school year with Mr. Nimmo on the music. Perform Internationals wonderful planning. Your parents, or yourself, having the financial ability to pay for the experience. None of these people can take credit though, to do so is a swing and miss. Please understand that those people, events, and financial components are only the tools that made things happen. Like building a great Cathedral they are the tools and workers who built it but without the stone and marble they have nothing.
MUSIC is what made this experience possible, and nothing more. Like building a Cathedral cannot happen without the stone and marble your experience here could not have happened without MUSIC. It is your learning of a craft and dedication to singing that brought this opportunity to you. Without MUSIC this would have been a simple sight seeing tour and you would have seen the great places and things that you saw. With MUSIC you experienced these places and things in a way that others can not. It will be hard for you to fathom that others do not understand when you explain your experiences here, even those who’ve been here themselves, because MUSIC sets your experience apart. MUSIC will continue to open doors to experiences for you the rest of your life if you allow it.
Thank you for allowing us to share this musical experience with you and never stop singing.