The Send-Off: What the Music Means to Us

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I have always felt that there is something about our choir concerts – the intimacy, the beauty, the familial bond, maybe – that bring out the best in people.  Seeing the joy on my fellow Hodgson Singers’ faces after sharing incredible music, hearing the appreciation of loved ones in the audience…  what in this life could inspire you more to be a good person?  Especially when your friend tells you he can’t come to your concert because he is at a “cochlear implant conference” in a different city (which for some reason I didn’t even question), but then surprises you with not only his presence but also gifts.

After tonight’s concert, I realized what I want our European audience to understand about the Hodgson Singers.  For us, choir is a break from our busy lives where we can share emotions and be vulnerable.  It’s an opportunity to be ourselves, and to be around our best friends being THEMselves.  Our concerts are more than just concerts to us – they are a chance to show the world who we are, not only as individuals, but as individuals who come together, let their guards down, and share something they love: music.  This is what I want to bring to Europe, and this is what we practiced tonight.

Our send-off concert was the perfect beginning to the next chapter in the life of the UGA Hodgson Singers.  It was our opportunity to demonstrate the American as well as the “UGA-ian” culture we will be bringing to Europe.  We shared a wonderful mix of repertoire from all over the world, as well as a wonderful mix of personalities that I can’t wait to see blossom overseas.  Imagining how this music will flourish when we perform it in the beautiful cathedrals of Prague, Vienna, and Baden gives me so many wonderful butterflies, especially after seeing it all come together tonight.  Words will never begin to express our excitement over this incredible opportunity.  It’s all going to be in the music we share.

Jenna Livsey

Jenna Livsey

Pre-Flight Hype

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Buffalo chicken dip.  Homemade guacamole.  Chicken AND fish tacos.  A thunderstorm.  And the occasional (but very expected) outburst of song.  Sounds like everything you need for a successful Hodgson Singers Fiesta, right? To unwind after “Europe Boot Camp”, McCall hosted the choir at her lovely abode for the evening. The plan was a potluck fiesta followed by pool time.  So naturally it rained for hours.  That certainly didn’t stop any of us from holding hands and jumping into the water in the downpour anyways (and surprisingly enough, I was warmer in the water)!  We hopped out only to watch Henry win the cook off with his excellent chicken tacos and knock a piñata out of the park as his prize.

It was a very wet but very lovely evening.  When you spend ten hours a week together in rehearsal during the semesters, people are surprised that you don’t get tired of seeing the same people outside of class time.  But we are getting ready to embark on a wonderful, musical adventure, and I think I speak for the choir when I say that there is no one I’d rather be thrown in a pool by than my Hodgson Singers family.  We’ve got tacos down, bring on the schnitzel!  T-minus 2 days until take-off!

Amanda McKenzie

Amanda McKenzie

Cutting The Ribbon

Dear friends,

You know how you can get so busy working on getting ready for something that you forget it’s actually happening?  That is what preparing for this tour has been like.  So many people have worked so hard to get so much done, and it really is astounding that amidst all our preparations we’ve managed to get some REALLY cool things together!  But now all we have left is our final concert, and with it comes a moment for me to sit down and actually think about what an adventure we’re all about to have.  I know everyone of us has said it, but I am super excited for this trip!  And not just for the incredible music we’re about to make, but also for the incredible experiences we’re going to have together.  And this blog is going to show you them all.  Our goal is to take every memory, every picture, every moment, and capture it for those of you back home who have helped us get here.  So I encourage all of you to stay tuned!  The next few weeks are going to be absolutely jam-packed with Hodgson Singers looking for a good time, and I expect we will undoubtedly find it.

Nathan Schreer

Nathan Schreer