By Paul Schmitt
The Saint Mary’s University Chamber Choir traveled across the ocean during spring break for their annual tour, which took place in France this year.
The group, consisting of 24 singers, sang at a variety of Lasallian institutions as well as the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Basilica of St. Remi in Reims, which is east of Paris.
Choir Director Patrick O’Shea said that it was “a very strong group musically this year,” and that he was particularly excited about the repertoire they performed in France, which included a set of three Italian madrigals written by O’Shea.
Kaeli Todd, a member of the Chamber Choir, said, “Overall, I think our performances went really well. At our only full formal concert, the room was very dry and hard to get used to acoustically. But by the time intermission arrived, we were all much more used to it, and we performed the second half of our concert probably better than we ever had before.”
Marking their return, the choir presented a homecoming recital for the Winona community on March 15 in Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels. This performance consisted of the same repertoire that was performed in France.