The morning started downtown Nashville at the Downtown Presbyterian Church for the Choirs of America Festival. The Chamber choir sang beautifully for the adjudicators and when finished, not much was said. After all, what do you say to such an amazing choir? When you silence the adjudicators, you know you have done well.
They then joined several other choirs in vocal exercises led by Robert Gibson from MSU. Yes, we come all the way to Nashville to work with an MSU choral director who was one of the adjudicators. They then had the opportunity to work with composer Stacey Gibbs to rehearse and do the premier recording of his piece, Spiritual Potpourri. What an experience for the kids! Beautiful!
After lunch at the church (thank you boosters for the Panera that was delivered), the choir had a clinic by one of the adjudicators, Jeffrey Ames from Belmont University here in Nashville. He was very positive with his comments and enjoyed listening to and working with the choir.
From the festival we spent a beautiful afternoon at Centennial Park. The replica of the Greek Parthenon, Starbucks, Frisbee, and of course, rentable scooters. It was great to enjoy down time outside in the wonderful weather. They performed an impromptu concert on the steps of the Parthenon and drew in a crowd to listen.
We headed to a mall for dinner and some shopping. Many ate dinner at the Rainforest Cafe and others spent the time shopping. Several came out with a brand new pair of cowboy boots. We ran into Robert Gibson so he was able to talk directly to the choir and emphasize how happy he was to have heard them and how wonderful of a job they did.
We are back at the hotel and the halls are quiet. Our last night here for our quick trip to Nashville but we are leaving with fond memories and wonderful experiences. Another great tour will soon be in the books. We'll leave here at 8am and should be returning to Kickapoo about 3pm.
Be proud of the kids you are raising. They are humble and kind and such a wonderful group to travel with. Don't forget to watch the recordings of their performances on the choir Facebook page. We'll see you tomorrow Springfield.