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Ensembles Make Beautiful Music Around the World

Chorale group in Italy
The Chorale poses for a group shot in Italy.

Davidson College ensembles continued a winter break tradition, making beautiful music in beautiful places abroad and in the United States.

The chorale, under the direction of Chris Gilliam and accompanied by David Gilliland, toured Italy, performing in locations including Venice, Chianti, Rome and Vatican City. And classical and jazz instrumentalists with the symphony orchestra and jazz ensemble, under the direction of Associate Professor Tara Keith and Milner Professor Bill Lawing respectively, toured points south, including Charleston, South Carolina, St. Simons Island, Georgia, and Orlando, Florida.

Check out the Davidson College and Davidson College Choirs Facebook pages, or Davidson College on Instagram for photos and videos of the performances.

Notes and Quotes from the Road

It was a fantastic day for the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble. They started off with a wonderful series of concerts at the Lake Mary Preparatory School with a quick trip to the Blue Spring State Park to check out the manatees. On the way back to the hotel, we had a great a visit to the Audubon Center. –Choirs Facebook Page

Jazz Ensemble performs
The Jazz Ensemble performs.

Today we enjoyed a magical impromptu performance in the magnificent Duomo Cathedral in Lucca...with at least a five second reverb! And we began to familiarize ourselves with the beautiful city of Florence by sampling their version of gelato. –Choirs Facebook Page

"In my opinion, singing in The Vatican represented a coming-of-age moment for me, and I would argue the Davidson College Chorale as a whole. Though prior tours featured performances in beautiful venues and on global stages, this was the first time I felt like I was a part of a professional group. I felt like we were in Italy to do a job on behalf of the college: perform beautiful music. Singing a contemporary piece like "Hallelujah" in a mass at St. Peter's Basilica represents the pinnacle of our purpose in going to Italy."  –Greg Alspaugh '18

"As a senior, performing at the Vatican felt like a wonderful culminating experience to my four years in the Davidson College Chorale. Performing at venues like this are things singers can only dream about, and to have the opportunity to do this with some of my best friends made it all the more memorable. This experience I know will only become more special as times goes on. I am so very grateful!" –Elena Jones '18