Our tour guide, Mike, was a pleasure to get to know. He guided us around the city via Charter Bus, Subway, and walking!
There was lots of traffic on our way into the city from LaGuradia Airport. While we drove, Mike told us history of the city, and gave us a run-down of our itinerary.
The Park Central Hotel provided us with a unique NYC living experience the 4 nights that we were there! With being 1 block away from the subway, restaurants, and Carnegie Hall, we could not have asked for a better location.
For our first lunch, many students chose to dive right into NYC thin crust pizza. Luckily there were many food accommodations around the hotel that helped fuel us on our fast-paced itinerary.
For Thanksgiving week, the sidewalks were not very crowded, giving us plenty of room to move about in the city with our 46 person group.
Our main form of transportation was the NYC Subway, taking us to and from our attractions, including the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
Our first of 3 attractions was the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. We first visited the 2 memorial pools that show where the original 2 World Trade Center Buildings stood. Mike told us that a white rose on their name signified that it was their birthday, and a red rose signified their anniversary.
Once we finished outside, we went into the Museum, which was as big as 3 stories below the memorial, showing the original structures of the building, along with artifacts and a historical timeline of that eventful day.
Once we finished with the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, we traveled back to the hotel and ate dinner along with spending some free time in the city.
Each morning, students were given breakfast vouchers to redeem at the Park Central Hotel's breakfast kiosk.
At our first 4-Hour rehearsal, Dr. Leavitt split the members of all participating choirs up into their sections, making sure that new friends were made.
Sean Berg of Sechrist Travel welcomed all of the participants to the first rehearsals, gave us some basic rules, and introduced our guest conductor, Dr. John Leavitt!
Dr. Leavitt not only conducted the Christmas Holiday Spectacular Festival Chorus, but also wrote 7/8 pieces performed that night. Be sure to locate the starred* songs in your program to see which ones of tonight's concert were performed in NYC!
While in the rehearsals, participants were fully engaged. All of our students LOVED working under Dr. Leavitt's direction.
While the students were in rehearsal, a few of the chaperones ventured out to explore the city!
After our first rehearsal, we ate lunch and made our way to the Subway Terminal to travel to the American Museum of Natural History!
Thursday, November 22nd
Thanksgiving morning, we walked a few blocks north from our hotel in the 18 degree weather to view the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Friday, November 23rd
The morning of Carnegie Hall, we made our way up north to The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. Once we arrived, students had the opportunity to present a recital inside the cathedral!
Created with images by Jonathan Knepper - "Winter Bokeh 02" • Fabrizio Conti - "untitled image" • Mike Chavarri - "The magic is in the colors"