Parents involved in the choir program and chaperones are what gave students in A Cappella, Chamber, and Con Brio the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. for this year’s choir tour. While Chamber had the privilege of leaving immediately after school on Wednesday, the remainder of A Cappella and Con Brio departed late evening Wednesday/midnight Thursday on the plane. They arrived in D.C. exhausted from their red eye flight but two planes and three buses later, began their adventures in the nation’s capitol.
Choir students and their chaperones spent the first day casually seeing whichever sights they could around the Smithsonian mall (which isn’t really a mall but is a bunch of museums next door to each other) before they had to return to the buses. Students had the opportunity to admire the Natural History, American History, Holocaust, Smithsonian Castle, Hirshhorn, Air and Space and American Indian Museums and the National Art Gallery. Later that evening, they visited the Jefferson Memorial.
The second day everyone woke up bright and early to get in line for the Capitol. A couple hours were quietly spent at the Supreme Court. They then went to Mount Vernon to see George Washington’s house and performed for passersby. That night they met with 18th Street Singers and had a workshop with them.
On day three, the choirs stopped at the Library of Congress and later took a tour of the White House. After, they took the bus to the LDS temple where they performed in the visitors center.
On Sunday, everyone attended the National Cathedral for a sermon, which was a very unique experience. The building resembles the Notre Dame of Paris, and had exquisite stained glass windows. They then visited the National Archives, which, it turns out, is nothing like National Treasure. After, they traveled to Arlington National Cemetery where they had an outstanding performance that brought tears to people's eyes.
The final day they sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and walked in separate groups to other monuments such as the Vietnam wall, Korean War, WWII, MLK and Einstein memorials. The last tour they took was to the Washington Monument, where the choir took the elevator to the very top and could look into far distances around all sides of D.C. The group slowly made its way to the buses where they would then drive to the airport to go home.
Touring to DC was an amazing experience, definitely one to relive. For many students, this was the last of several choir tours, and DC was a remarkable way to remember the final year of Mountain View High School choir.