New Orleans 2018

"Sharing the Love of the Heart of Christ"
The Cor Jesu Concert Choir visited New Orleans over Spring Break.  Thank you to senior Bridget Schulte for providing the details of this wonderful trip.
"We had a four-day tour in this city, and we did not want to leave after it was over. The tour started with a twelve-hour bus ride from Cor Jesu to this great city. The following morning we got up and set out for our first concert. This concert took place in the St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square. We sang seven pieces in this beautiful space, and it was a great way to start out the trip." 

"After the Cathedral, we loaded the bus and headed to the National World War II Museum. The museum shows the bravery and sacrifice of those who fought in World War II to protect and honor our country. The most powerful part of this concert was singing An American Anthem, which is a combination of America the Beautiful and The Star Spangled Banner. These two songs highlight the beauty and perseverance of our country and getting the opportunity to sing it at a place that displays the perseverance and bravery of our citizens is an experience that we will never forget. The day ended with dinner and dancing at Mulate’s where everyone, including Sr. Veronica Beato, danced the night away."
"The next day started the day with a concert at Lambeth House, an assisted living community as well as a skilled care facility for the elderly. It was wonderful to sing for the residents here, and they even sang along with a couple of our songs. After the concert, we were able to visit with the residents and tour the beautiful facility they have." 
"Following Lambeth House, we headed to Loyola University New Orleans for a clinic with Dr. Meg Frazier, the director of choral activities. We worked on three of our pieces, Saints Bound for Heaven, No Time, and Thinking Out Loud. She challenged us to delve into the lyrics and meaning behind the songs to have a deeper understanding of what we were singing. Each piece that we worked on got better each time we sang it. It was a fantastic learning experience. Once we finished the clinic, we hopped on a streetcar and headed back to the French Quarter for a historical ghost tour to end the night."
"Our final full day in New Orleans began with touring in the French Quarter. We got the chance to grab some beignets at Café du Monde, look at the artwork hanging in Jackson Square, and visit the many shops around the Quarter. There was also a street jazz band playing in the Square where many girls danced along to the amazing music." 
"After the French Quarter, we traveled to Oak Alley Plantation where we performed a concert and toured the plantation. Then we went to the Laura Plantation. After the tour, we were able to stand in the field looking out to where the slaves’ houses would have stood. We sang our piece Saints Bound for Heaven, a spiritual, and it was an incredibly powerful experience for everyone there." 
"We then made our way to Middendorf’s for dinner, and each group presented their chaperone with a little gift as a thank you for coming on this trip with us. It would not have been possible without them." 
"The next morning we sang at St. Clement of Rome Parish and departed for St. Louis following Mass. Many memories were made on this unforgettable trip, and we wish we could go back."