“The thing that makes Spivey Children’s Choir tours so great isn't the places we go or the things we see. It's the people we get to experience it with,” Wendelburg says.
“I'll never forget what it was like to experience a different culture and share our music with people across the world,” says Hannah Pulliam.
The experience of being in Spivey Hall’s Tour Choir is not limited to transatlantic voyages. The choir also sings in venues across the U.S., which offers students a chance to spread quality music throughout parts of the country in which they live.
This past summer, the Tour Choir experienced a multi-day tour in San Diego, CA. The choir sang The Star Spangled Banner to military service members stationed on the USS Midway, which Cardell Smart, felt was the highlight of his trip.
“The men and women who have served on the USS Midway are one of the reasons we can call America ‘the land of the free and the home of the brave,’" Cornelius says. “While we sang, I felt an overwhelming sense of pride as an American.”
The summer of 2016, the Tour Choir was invited to perform as a solo ensemble for a ticketed concert at Carnegie Hall. The concert also featured a high school choir from New York as well as a select honor choir.
“We all had given that performance 100 percent of our effort, and it was an amazing feeling to be able to unite the thousands of people in the hall with a universal love language: music,” says Elise Wendelburg.
Even more rewarding for the Tour Choir is the ability to use the gift of music and song to entertain and connect with an older generation. Choir members overwhelmingly say the Give Back Tour is their most cherished experience.
During Give Back Tour, the Choir spends time in senior living communities bringing the joy of music to those no longer able to attend concerts. The choir spends time learning music from the audience’s generation, creating a repertoire of pieces that seniors may sing along to, with Choir members occasionally joining in to sing right next to them.