2016 Music & Mission Trip
Choirs Travel to Ireland
By Michael Diorio
The Music Committee at The Redeemer is excited to announce our third Music & Mission Trip scheduled for the summer of 2016. Our destination for this trip is Ireland. The trip is designed so that all participants will participate in outreach experiences in addition to sharing their musical abilities, much like the 2011 and 2014 trips. Our participants will include youth members of Schola Cantorum and adult choir members, as well as our staff singers, Michael Stairs and myself.
Our initial itinerary has scheduled stops in Kilkenny, Galway, the Aaran Islands, Sligo and Dublin, with visits to the Cliffs of Moher, the Rock of Cashel, Kylemore Abbey, Kilkenny Castle, the coastal village of Howth, the Newgrange Tombs, and the Book of Kells exhibition at Trinity College Library.
Our engagements will include a joint concert with a local youth choir in Kilkenny, as well as serving as the choir at the Anglican Cathedral of St. Canice for Sunday services. We will present concerts at the Church of St. Nicholas (Galway) and offer a benefit concert for the restoration of the cathedral organ in Sligo. The youth and adults will also participate in a music exchange with a local Dublin orchestra of students: once disadvantaged, but now re-centered through a curriculum-wide approach to music education. Our final concert will take place in Dublin at Christ Church Cathedral.
The choir program at The Redeemer has benefitted greatly from our Music & Mission trips. These experiences have become an intrinsic part of our mission, at the same time fostering collegiality and fellowship among peer groups and across generations. In short, these trips illustrate the power of outreach that music can extend to any place in the world.
The afternoons when we will engage in service learning and outreach projects will underscore music as a conduit for kindness and hope, especially for our younger members. It is my belief that all participants will know spiritual and musical growth: valuable as both a “take away,” and a lasting commitment as we continue our music ministry on this campus.
The music program is ever grateful for the support of the parish and friends of the program that help enable the endeavors in which we engage, benefiting not only our participants but the church as a whole.