Last month, 36 singers from Bosque School went on a week-long, music-filled adventure around Italy. Upper School Choral Director Joanna Hart organized the opportunity through WorldStrides—an educational travel organization that helps more than 400,000 students go to destinations in over 100 countries each year.
This was the third time Ms. Hart has organized a trip abroad for choral students, and for many of the students, it was their first time overseas. “Every time we’ve taken students on trips, it opens up something to them that they didn’t realize was really an option,” said Ms. Hart. “It opens up their minds.”
The group’s first stop? Venice, Italy. They toured the sights and even went on a gondola ride through the canals. The group rehearsed at Chiesa Della Pieta—a church where the famous Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi wrote, taught, and composed his music for many years. “I’ve had students sing music by Vivaldi that was composed for that space specifically,” Ms. Hart enthused.
After Venice, the group headed to Florence where they climbed 380 feet to the top of the Duomo, strolled along the Ponte Vecchio bridge, and sang at the Basilica Santa de Trinita—which was a highlight of their time in Florence. While performing, people who were passing by would stop and listen to the group, and many ended up coming inside to enjoy the concert.
The group’s third and final stop: Rome. There they toured the Colosseum, visited the Pantheon, climbed the Spanish Steps, and on their last day in Italy, the group toured and sang at the Vatican. Ms. Hart laughed that singing at the Vatican was “not the best acoustics,” but she expressed how stunning the venue was from both an artistic and historical perspective. She shared, “For us to get to be there, it felt like such a peaceful and beautiful ending to our trip.”
Another summer trip may be in the future. Where to next? That has yet to be determined, but Ms. Hart hopes her students can help decide. Wherever they go, they’ll always have their instruments—their voices.