This past weekend was an amazing weekend and I was humbled to be a part of the 62nd Annual Ocean Grove Choral Festival in Ocean Grove, NJ. One of the best things was getting to travel with a wonderful group of people from my church choir and here in the community. We saw a little bit of NYC on Friday and Saturday and then spent the rest of the time in Ocean Grove on the Jersey Shore. Below is a video of me conducting the 600 voice choir singing my piece called, "This Is Love." I had told you before the choir was 800 and another article said they were expected 1,000. In reality there were 600, which was still an amazing experience.
The people in Ocean Grove were truly welcoming and wonderful. The Quaker Inn where we stayed even had a sign outside the door saying "Welcome, Nebraska, Friends!" Everyone in town and in the festival choir knew we were coming and cheered for us when Jason Tramm (the musical director at OG) introduced us at the rehearsal. Even people in town would stop us and ask, "Are you the group from Nebraska?" You would have thought we were from a foreign country.
It was a great ride and now I turn to Thursday morning when I will board the plane again in Omaha but instead of landing on the East Coast I will land in the Southern tip of India. Please pray as I frantically finish up final details here at home before I head out.
My next post will be as I await my 16.5 hour flight to India in the LAX airport.
This blog will journal my experiences as I prepare to go overseas this July and teach at the Asian Christian College of Music in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala in India.