I will never forget the first time I traveled to Rome. I was only eight years old, but I was certainly old enough to remember. It was something about the air of Rome that stuck with me – something ancient yet very refreshing. I was lucky to go back to Italy several times after that. The first being with a choir trip back in 2007. I knew then that I would never get tired of that country. It has so much culture and stories. In the summer of 2012, I spent a week in a small medieval hill town called Sarteano in Tuscany. It was about 60 miles south from Florence. That week changed my life on so many levels. Firstly as a musician and choral conductor and secondly as a person part of this incredible journey we all have in this world. Little did I know how far reaching these changes would be in my life. I met my best friend who ended up becoming my mentor for my Master’s Degree in the United States and confidant. Then as fate would have it my parents moved to Rome in 2014 – I was beyond excitement. Imagine having a base in your favorite city in the world. I immediately thought of all the travel opportunities we would have together as a family. We’ve spent a wonderful Christmas in 2014 in Rome. Attending mass at St. Peter’s Square. This coming summer will be my sixth time going back to this wonderful melting pot of history, religion and art. I will be touring as a singer in chamber choir to Rome and the Amalfi coast. Our main performance will be as part of mass in the Vatican singing the Vivaldi Gloria with an extra concert in the village of Sorrento. This promises to be yet another life changing trip. I can’t wait to share more about the trip with you all in July.
25 February 2017