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St. Peter’s choir forced to cancel UK trip

GENEVA – St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy (SPCAA) Senior Choir has had to pivot yet again due to COVID spread in the United Kingdom.  As ever, Choir Director Wendra Trowbridge has risen to the challenge! With careful preparation and consultation with travel agents and other experts, Trowbridge has put together a tri-state tour for the choir to partake in this winter.

Starting on Saturday, February 19, the choir will depart for Philadelphia PA for the weekend. While there, they will see a performance of American in Paris by the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as perform an afternoon concert on that Sunday.

Next, the troupe will head to New Jersey where they will have two different collegiate experiences. First, they will tour Princeton University and hopefully perform an informal concert at the chapel on campus. They will then travel to Westminster Choir College on Rider University campus where they will attend a rehearsal of one of the college’s performing choirs. Finally, they will have the opportunity to have a workshop with one of the Music Education faculty members of Westminster Choir College.

The tour ends with a whirlwind adventure in New York City. Along with visits to Time Square, the MoMA, the Statue of Liberty, and other historical landmarks, the choir will also perform a  concert at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, which is the largest Cathedral in the world.  After having the opportunity to see two different Broadway shows and visiting the Grammy Museum in Newark, New Jersey, the choir’s final performance will be an evening concert at Arts High School, the first visual and performing school of its kind in the United States.

Though the price of airplane tickets has been removed from the overall cost of the trip, each chorister is still responsible for raising several thousand dollars each. Any and all donations and contributions are still most welcome.