Culture through Music
The EKU Concert Choir
Describe your Education Abroad program(s):
The EKU Concert Choir spent a week in Ireland following the conclusion of the spring semester. We performed three formal concerts in Killarney, Kilkenny, and Greystones; two of our concerts were shared with local Irish choirs, and we had the opportunity to meet and chat with the audience members after each concert. In addition to our formal concerts, we gave several impromptu performances of our concert closer, Ross Bernhardt’s “Irish Blessing,” in a variety of locations. (Our performance at St. Patrick’s Cathedral was recently featured on Minnesota Public Radio’s Facebook page.) We also enjoyed the view of the beautiful Irish countryside along the Ring of Kerry, kissed the Blarney Stone, and had informative and educational tours of the Kerry Woolen Mill, Waterford Crystal Factory, Kilkenny Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, and the ruins of a monastery and cathedral in Glendalough with buildings that date from the 10th through 12th centuries.
Is this a good program for other students in your major?
Was this your first time abroad?
No. At my previous job (Delta State University), I took groups to England, Austria, and the Czech Republic. This was my first international trip with EKU.
How do you think this experience will impact your future plans as a professor and your students?
By experiencing a culture that is different from their own, I think our students gain a greater appreciation for the world in which we live. In addition, I think the fact that we travel abroad can have a positive impact on our recruiting efforts.
What other countries have your students traveled to?
This was the first international trip for a choir from EKU in over 20 years. A few of our students had previously traveled abroad, but for most of them it was their first experience.
Favorite things about studying abroad?
Watching our students bond throughout the travel experience, and exposing them to all of the people and places that we experienced on our trip.
Suggestions for future students?
Start saving your money so you can study abroad. It’s a worthy investment in your education.
Check out their performance at the St. Patrick cathedral through the link below:
Published on February 09, 2016