March 19, 2005
Paper airplane through the Pope's window
Someone had the great idea to send a paper airplane through the Pope's window to personally invite him to come see us sing. We didnít send the letter for fear of the Swiss Guard's uzis. Quite a privledge for us to sing in the highest of all Roman Catholic churches especially at this time of year. It was neat as we came down from singing. Strangers were taking our pictures and shaking our hands as though we were famous. I only charged 5 Euros for my autograph. Must be that inflation rising again.
Garvin Sealy '02
Amazed that we sang in the Vatican
Singing in the Vatican was a fantastic experience! It was interesting to try to sing the choruses in Latin that we had never sung before. I was greatly upset that we were unable to sing Palestrinaís Missa Brevis, but the songs that we were allowed to sing went really well. Our first performance in Italy has definitely made me excited about the remainder of the trip. I am still amazed that we sang and received communion in the Vatican.
Ashley Fenner '08
Performing in St. Peter's Basilica
Listening to our massive sound reverberate
As far as the performance in the Vatican is concerned, I feel that we really put our best effort forth despite the last minute changes. I loved listening to our massive sound reverberate off of the gigantic stonewalls. When we sang Cry Out and Shout, I could feel the energy circulating throughout the entire chorus and felt very proud to be apart of this group. We truly sang our hearts out and it showed in the few selections we were allowed to sing. Even though I wish that we could have sang Timor et Tremor, the piece I truly believe we shine best in, I feel the performance was a smash hit.
Brittany Kimball '07