Taking a bite out of the Big Apple

New York City, one of the most visited cities in the world, will host a convocation of Eagles the first week of April. Etowah’s choir will be taking a trip to NYC to participate in a national choir workshop. Etowah’s Choir Director, William Hall, oversees all the components of this trip.   

Like any large trip, there have been many stressors along the way and a few more to come, but we began to prepare about two years in advance to ensure the safety, excitement, and happiness of all involved,” Hall said. 

The students will follow a set itinerary for each of the four days. The morning they arrive, the choir will explore Times Square and check into their hotel. 

“I’m excited to go on this trip because it entails many opportunities like singing with a bunch of other choirs. There will be tons of monuments and museums to go to and a lot to learn, so I very much look forward to this trip,” Hannelore Harman, freshman, said. 

The second day, the choir will attend a Broadway 101 workshop called “Making Music”. After that, the students will split into two groups: one will see “Come from Away” at the Schoenfeld Theatre; the other will see “The Lion King” at the Minskoff Theatre. 

“I have been looking forward to this trip ever since I heard about it last year. There are so many things planned. I have never been to New York before; I am so excited to explore it and see what all the excitement is about,” Kelsey Cleveland, sophomore, said.  

On the third day, the choir will perform at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and then go on a guided tour of the city of Manhattan followed by a dinner cruise. On their fourth and final day, students will explore different museums, such as the 9/11 Memorial.  

Every Eagle will bring something back unique to themselves…. excitement of the possibility of a career in the arts, a cherished memory of an exquisite musical performance, a new bond of friendship with an unexpected new friend, and of course lots of experiences to share,” Hall said. 

The Etowah Eagles are sure to be in a “New York state of mind,” come spring break when they head to the Big Apple.