Often in education, the best way to fully experience what you're studying is to go back to its roots.
Dr. Susan Marchant is making it happen for her students in music. This March, the University Choir will travel to Ireland for their biannual choir trip, where they will perform in four different locations, including the famed Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin.
For Marchant, giving vocalists the opportunity to perform chamber works in the venues they were meant to be sung is a priceless piece of their education.
"Particularly when you have an opportunity to go to Europe and sing choral music in these places where it was meant to be performed and hear chords hanging in the air, that's an experience that can't be described," Marchant said. "There's a longstanding precedent for these sorts of performances for collegiate ensembles."
In the past, the choir traveled only domestically. But after a successful trip to Germany two years ago, Marchant pushed for another trip abroad and was overwhelmed with student requests for Ireland. This spring, more than 50 of the 100 choir members will make the trip, which requires most students to pay for a portion of their expenses.
"Usually folks want to hear programs with lots of Americana music," she said. "But we have commissioned an arrangement of 'Danny Boy' we'd love to share with them."
For more information, contact Marchant at 620-235-4476.