I'm currently sitting in the Syracuse Airport with James Bass, Gabrielle Tinto, Matthew Tresler and Ben Johns. We're all reconnecting with the real world after a truly amazing first domestic tour. Yesterday, 8 of the Seraphic Folk and I worked with a number of young singers at Syracuse University.
Monday morning began with Seraphic Fire (totally hyped up on Starbucks and sugar cereal) singing for the intermediate choral conducting class at the University, followed a few hours later with a workshop with the Syracuse University Singers. It was really wonderful to see the enthusiasm of the young singers.
The high point of the day, though, was working with the kids in the Syracuse Children Choir (directed by the seemingly tireless Dr. Barbara Tagg). Gabrielle Tinto spent 8 years as a member of the SCC, and when she sang a solo with the ensemble, Dr. Tagg and the entire SF cadre were in tears. Pretty powerful stuff.
I've got a bunch of pictures from the trip that I'll be posting over the next week, so stay tuned. This was an awesome week for Seraphic Fire--I'm excited that we'll be doing this a lot over the coming seasons.