Sunday, June 28, 2009

CBS Sunday Morning Clip on Choral Singing

Listen for the children's choir singing "Freedom is Coming"!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Traveling Choir Performs at Carnegie Hall for a 3rd Time

On Sunday, June 14, 2009, the WLA Traveling Choir, under the direction of Almeda Berkey, preformed Jackson Berkey's "Thoughts & Remembrances" at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Previously, the Traveling Choir had sung Jackson Berkey's "South Dakota Shadows" in June 2007 and Randall Thompson's "Frostiana" in April 2004.

Click the picture below to go to my Picasa photo album of some of the many pictures I took on the WLA Traveling Choir's third performance at Carnegie Hall in New York. When you arrive at the Picasa page, click on "Slideshow" in the upper left hand corner to view the pictures. I haven't captioned the pictures yet, so until then, you can check out our itinerary and try to guess where all the shots were taken.

If any trip participants have photos they would like to add to my photo gallery, please email them to me.

Carnegie Trip 2009

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Flight Plans, Sightseeing Plans, and Subways

There are four times on our trip that you will have free time to explore New York City. Those four times are listed in red in the itinerary below. I want you to plan ahead what you are going to do during those four times so that you can maximize your sightseeing experiences. Figure out (1) what you want to see (2) when you are going to try to see it, (3) how you are going to get there, and (4) who is going with you.

Use the MTA NYC Subway Map and Trip Planner to get a good idea of which subway line to take and how long the ride is. Your can even print out your subway trip plans!

Use Google Maps or MapQuest to find NYC cross streets and sightseeing locations. I'll be bringing NYC guide books along on the bus if you still aren't sure what you'd like to see or where it is.

Then fill out a Flight Plan and bring it along on Wednesday. You can always change your plans. Just come with a plan. Only ONE DAY MORE before we go!!!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Carnegie Hall Trip Itinerary (Updated 6/9/09)

Contact Numbers:
Dale Witte: 920-251-4490
Tim Boerneke: 920-296-3405

Wed. June 10, 2009
Fond du Lac, WI to Jenera, OH
6 AM: Load Lamers bus in WLA parking lot
6:30 AM: Leave WLA
Lunch at rest stop along the way. You may bring your own sack lunch.
4:00 PM: Arrive at Trinity Lutheran Church, Jenera, OH
Contact person: Principal Billy Hinz (H) 419-326-4980 or (Cell) 419-520-5247
Supper at church
7:00-8:00 PM: Traveling Choir in Sacred Concert @ Trinity, Jenera, OH
Overnight with hosts

Thurs., June 11, 2009
5:30 AM: Lamers Bus to arrive at Trinity Lutheran Church. Load and leave by 6:00AM.
Jenera, OH to New York, NY
6:00 PM: Arrive at Grand Hyatt, 42nd St. between Park & Lexington
Hotel phone- 212-883-1234
Evening free. (Find where you are going to eat breakfast the next morning!) FLIGHTPLAN #1
11 PM: In hotel rooms for room check
11:30 PM: Lights out

Friday, June 12, 2009 – 1st Rehearsal Day
8:30 AM: Meet at designated rehearsal space
(announced upon your arrival in New York)
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM: SATB Chorus/piano rehearsal
Afternoon and evening free for sightseeing (Broadway shows & Yankees game) FLIGHTPLAN #2
Call Mr. Witte after your musical is done.
11:30 PM: In hotel rooms for room check
12:00 PM: Lights out

Sat., June 13, 2009 – 2nd Rehearsal Day
Morning free for sightseeing FLIGHTPLAN #3
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM: chorus/piano rehearsal
Evening free for sightseeing FLIGHTPLAN #4
11 PM: In hotel rooms for room check
11:30 PM: Lights out

Sun., June 14, 2009 – CONCERT DAY!
Morning Devotion (place & time TBA)
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Dress Rehearsal (Carnegie Hall, Isaac Stern Auditorium)
(actual start and finish time will be adjusted)
2:00 PM: Concert
4:00 PM: Buses Depart for Pier
5:00 PM: Board Spirit Cruise Ship
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM: Cruise New York Harbor
7:30 PM: Buses Return to Hotel FLIGHTPLAN #5
11 PM: In hotel rooms for room check
11:30 PM: Lights out

Monday, June 15, 2009
8:00 AM: Lamers Bus to arrive at Grand Hyatt Hotel. Load and leave hotel by 8:30AM. Bus will drop us off at Battery Park, NYC and we will take ferry at 10:00AM to tour Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty.
9:00 AM: Security check at Battery Park
10:00 AM: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island tour
While we are touring Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty, bus will go to Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ. We will take the ferry from Ellis Island to Liberty State Park.
3:00 PM: Leave from Liberty State Park, NJ. Drive straight through to WLA. Start return trip to WLA

Tuesday, June 16, 2009
7:00-9:00 AM Arrive at WLA. Unload. Collapse.