Scholastica Choirs Tour During Spring Break

Allissah Jerome

The College of St. Scholastica choral ensembles have had a busy year of practices and pefromances. During CSS spring break, the Concert Choir and Bella Voce toured different parts of the nation.

In only seven days, the groups performed at Holy Wisdon in Middleton, WI, Procopius in Lisle, IL, St. Benedict in Ferdinand, IN, and St. Anselm in Creve Coeur in MO. Along with touring at each of these spots, the choirs also did an exchange with the Murray State University in Kentucky and completed a clinic at Manchester UMC.

This is not the first time Scholastica choirs have toured and in fact, they have also toured internationally. This year marked Dr. Bret Amundson’s seventh year of leading choir tours.
Danielle Brino is a senior at The College and is majoring in Health Information Management. This year marked Brino’s fourth year in Bella Voce and third year in concert choir.

“My favorite stop was probably Nashville. I have never been to Nashville before and it was fun to be able to explore the city,” Brino said. “It is also great for a choir to perform in different spaces, and have a chance to hear their pieces in spaces that allow for better hearing across the choir.”

Not only does the tour allow students to experience new parts of the U.S. they may not have been able to visit otherwise, the tour offers choir members a unique opportunity to grow together as a group.

“There are so many components of a tour that are important to the growth of a choral program. Beyond singing together, there is a strong sense of group bonding that happens during tours. The choirs also serve as amazing ambassadors of the college in their performances and their high school visits,” Amundson said.

​ “My favorite stop was in Murray, Kentucky, because we got to sing with their wonderful choir and then watch the Murray State Softball team play. They are a division I team and my sister is the head coach. Our choirs were the best crowd ever,” Amundson said.

The next opportunity to listen to St. Scholastica’s choral ensembles is on Saturday, April 8, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Auditorium for their “Still I Rise” benefit concert. During this performance, the choirs will perform songs of struggle, strength, and empowerment in an attempt to strengthen the link between the arts, education, and social justice.