Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall announced today that its Spivey Hall Children’s Choir will be embarking this week on a performance tour of Spain.
Starting in Barcelona, the 50-member Tour Choir will travel and perform across the country for nine days, finishing in Madrid. Fans of the choir will be able to follow its adventures via social media sites, where choir members will be posting photos and comments with the hashtag “#SHCCOle!.”
“Experiencing the music of different cultures greatly enhances the development of a choir,” said Dr. Martha Shaw, founder and director of the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir. “We are grateful the children will experience first-hand the music and culture of Spain, and to once more have the opportunity to bring their music to another culture.”
The choir is scheduled to perform at Teatre la Massa in Villassar de Dalt; Colegiata de San Cosme y San Damian in Covarrubias; Iglesia de Santa Maria de Mediavilla in Medina de Rioseco; Iglesia Conventual Hermanos Carmelitas.in Lerma; and Iglesia de San Eutropio in El Espinar. The choir will also have the opportunity for a few a cappella performances along the tour route in historic places like the spectacularly beautiful Benedictine monastery and Basilica in Montserrat, and 13th century Gothic Catedral de Burgos.
The tour won’t be all work for the choir members, who will have plenty of time to experience the culture and history of Spain during their nine days travelling across the country. Choir members will tour Gothic cathedrals and castles, sample local cuisine and meet and mingle with the residents of the towns they visit and perform in.
“Spain! It is hard to believe I am going to be in a different country with all its wonders and curiosities,” said Laura Hildreth, 17, a choir member from McDonough. “I am very excited about making grand memories with my Spivey family.”
“How often does one receive such an amazing opportunity in a lifetime, let alone as a student?” added Amelia Rivers, 15, from Newnan. “I cannot wait to share this experience with my fellow SHCC musicians in a beautiful country with such a rich history. No doubt, we will create and share indelible memories.”
Spivey Hall Children’s Choir members and staff will share the tour experience with followers via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, posting photos, comments and videos on the social media sites. Family, friends and followers should look for posts with the hashtag “#SHCCOle!” to follow the event.
“Since we can’t bring all our family and friends to Spain to hear us sing, we hope we can share some of our experiences via social media,” said Carol Abarr, general manager of the choir.
Founded under the direction of Dr. Martha Shaw, the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Program consists of three choirs and draws from 17 metro Atlanta counties. Membership and placement in the choirs is by audition, based on artistic merit and teacher recommendations, with need-based financial assistance available.
For more information, or to learn about spring auditions, visit www.spiveyhallchildrenschoir.org.