University of Findlay Choir Group Returns From Trip of a Lifetime
University of Findlay choir students returned from their trip overseas, after visiting and performing with students at the University of Hradec Králové (UHK) in the Czech Republic during spring break.
As UF’s Director of Choral Activities, SeaHwa Jung, D.M.A. was invited to the University of Hradec Králové last year, serving as a guest conductor. After a successful visit, Jung was encouraged to bring his University of Findlay students back. Jung surprised his students with the opportunity to travel to the Czech Republic, only asking his students to cover the airfare. “Other expenses like accommodations and some meals were covered. We are very grateful for the donations and support from our donors, including money from the Curtain Raisers,” Jung said.
33 people, including 22 choir students, 5 community singers, 1 accompanist, 2 spouses, and 2 family members made the trip. “There was a surprise when we arrived at Hradec Králové. The students of the university were waiting in the old town square to greet us when we arrived,” said Jung.
Students performed their first concert in the castle of Nové Mêsto nad Metují. “The first concert was very successful, and many students said that it was the best experience of the trip. Some students even said it was the best experience of their lives,” said Jung. Students then rehearsed with the students of UHK, before performing a joint concert in the city of Hradec Králové, where students sang traditional tunes and modern choral music from the U.S.
After two concerts in three days, Jung and his students spent two days in Prague exploring the city. Students visited the Prague Castle, the medieval Prague astronomical clock, and Charles Bridge. “Some of us were able to watch Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the historic opera house Estes Theatre,” said Jung. Students also had the chance to enjoy traditional Czech foods including goulash and schnitzel.
“With the support of donors, parents, and both institutions, we were able to make a safe and enjoyable trip,” Jung said. “I believe we challenged the students and faculty members in many good ways. They said we are welcome to come back as we made a good influence on them.” Jung hopes to make a return trip in the next one to two years.
To learn more about the performing arts at the University of Findlay, including concert-chorale, University Singers, and University bands, please visit the Visual and Performing Arts webpage.