On our bus ride to downtown San Antonio we saw pictures of We started at the IMAX Theater Downtown San Antonio and saw a film about the siege of the Alamo. We then walked to the Alamo and saw the grounds. Very neat connection to history! We asked if we could sing inside the Alamo's main room, but were denied. Some of us spent more time than others at the Alamo and then headed to the River walk. What a place that is! Lunch, shopping, and time in the city for all of us. At 3 pm we headed to Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Great park!
7 pm was our BBQ with all of the other groups at the festival. Not awesome food, but filling none the less. A few games, including what looked like a 200 person 'ride that pony' circle, and then the awards.
As it turned out there were 10 choirs in our division, 3A here, but they separated classifications.
We received a ONE rating, a GOLD plaque, and the SPIRIT award for the group that best represented our community and school here in San Antonio. A great night for us! There was no ranking for us though, because of the 10 choirs in our division, we were the only one in the Chamber Choir class.
However, due to the high scores that we received from the judges we have been invited to prestigious festivals for 2012 in Chicago, Los Angelas, and New York! The fourth invitation is not only to New York city, but an invitation to perform in Carnegie Hall!
Awards, accolades, and invitations aside; I will tell you that I am very proud of this group of students. They have become very close on this venture into the Lone Star state. They performed difficult literature on Friday at a very high level and that was noticed by the judges in their comments and clinic. Watching students progress throughout the year, and even throughout this last week, is an amazing thing to witness as a choral director. I could not be more proud of the progress that this group has made and I am honored to be a part of it.
Long bus ride home tomorrow, warm up please Springfield!!!!