Then rehearsal began. 12 of our choir members have joined an honor choir group directed by Elena Sharkova, director of Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale in San Jose, California.
Saturday began with yoga (yes, yoga) and rehearsal for the honor choir followed by a short rehearsal for the Chamber Choir. Then the shopping began. We had three hours of free time which was spent mainly at the mall across the parking lot. I'm not sure that some of the girls made it to more than one store, the 3000 square foot "Forever 21".
In the afternoon, the Chamber Choir had the honor of working with Ms. Sigrid Johnson from St. Olaf College in Minnesota (the rival music school to Mr. C's undergrad). It was wonderful to hear that she had to be very picky with the choir for things to critique. The kids sounded wonderful and she was amazed with the performance.
We ended the night at Navy Pier for dinner then off to the theater to see the production of "The Pirates of Penzance". The kids became familiar with what they are up for in the fall when Kickapoo brings this to our stage.
It has been a very fun first couple of days. Everyone should be very proud of these kids. They are a wonderful group to travel with and I look forward to getting to know them better every day of the trip.
We will keep you posted on our adventures throughout the rest of our travels. Good night.