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LWC Singers perform at Mozart Festival in Austria

Singers visit historic sites, including the castle on which the Disney logo is based. 'The Singers and alumni who performed at the Mozart Choral Festival were: Emmalee Baker of Columbia; Troy Butler of Albany, KY; Stephen Chafin of Columbia; Amber Clark of Kennesaw, GA; Kate Durham of Columbia; Quenton Ford of Campbellsville, KY; Maria Hook of Louisville, KY; Jared Hunter of Albany, KY; Bailey Scott of Auburn, KY; and Eli Young of Greensburg, KY The alumni members were: John Brown of Lexington, KY; Allison Chafin of Oklahoma City, OK; and Lafawn Nettles of Burkesville, KY
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By Morgan Sexton

COLUMBIA, KY - A dozen members of the Lindsey Wilson College Singers went "above and beyond the call of duty" on a recent tour of Austria and Germany.

Select members of the Lindsey Wilson choral ensemble - which included 10 students and three alumni - performed at the Mozart Choral Festival, held in June in Salzburg, Austria. The bonus trip crammed hours of rehearsal, cultural events and a whole lot of history into one week.


Twelve singers went above and beyond call of duty

Lindsey Wilson Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities Gerald Chafin said the 12 singers - which included current LWC students and alumni - went "above and beyond the call of duty" in their performances.

Chafin said that summer choral trips have been 13 years in the making, since members of the choir performed in 2002 at New York City's Carnegie Hall. Chafin said that members who have made one of the summer trips have built leadership skills that help shape the ensemble during subsequent school years.

"This event was major," Chafin said. "I'm incredibly proud of the group for the extra work and intense stamina, energy and passion this took."

Long practices in preparation

To perform at the Mozart Choral Festival, the LWC students endured two- to three-hour practices, sometimes more than once a day. The LWC students merged with five other U.S. ensembles to create a 118-voice choir for the performance in the Salzburg Dom Cathedral.

The Dom Cathedral concert meant a lot to Eli Young of Greensburg, KY, a two-year member of the Lindsey Wilson Singers.

"The Dom Cathedral is where Mozart was baptized as a child and also where he learned to play the pipe organ," Young said. "It was such an honor to get to sing in the place where one of the greatest musical geniuses of all time grew both musically and spiritually."

The tour wasn't all work. As Chafin said, the singers were also "going crazy," by touring landmarks in Germany and Austria, and learning about European history. The choir visited Germany's Neuschwanstein Castle (the inspiration for Walt Disney World's castle), film locations featured in The Sound of Music and World War II sites.

Bailey Scott of Auburn, KY, who graduated from LWC last spring, said she was moved by a tour of Dachau, the first concentration camp the Nazis opened in Germany.

Overwhelmed by somber feelings at concentration camp grounds

"From the moment I stepped foot in the concentration camp grounds, I was overwhelmed," Scott said. "The camp was such a somber place."

Young said that although he struggled with communicating with the Europeans while on the trip, he now feels "much closer" to the other singers that he made the tour with.

Chafin said he was pleased with this summer's tour.

"I don't know of anything I would have changed about this trip," he said. "It all came together."

The Singers and alumni who performed at the Mozart Choral Festival were: Emmalee Baker of Columbia; Troy Butler of Albany, KY; Stephen Chafin of Columbia; Amber Clark of Kennesaw, GA; Kate Durham of Columbia; Quenton Ford of Campbellsville, KY; Maria Hook of Louisville, KY; Jared Hunter of Albany, KY; Bailey Scott of Auburn, KY; and Eli Young of Greensburg, KY The alumni members were: John Brown of Lexington, KY; Allison Chafin of Oklahoma City, OK; and Lafawn Nettles of Burkesville, KY. Morgan Sexton, the writer of this story, is student news writer at Lindsey Wilson College


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Lindsey Wilson College Singers in Salzburg, Austria



2015-07-17 - Salzburg, Austria - Photo Lindsey Wilson College photo. Members for the Lindsey Wilson Singers following their performance at Salzburg Dom Cathedral. The Singers and alumni who performed at the Mozart Choral Festival were: Emmalee Baker of Columbia; Troy Butler of Albany, KY; Stephen Chafin of Columbia; Amber Clark of Kennesaw, Ga.; Kate Durham of Columbia; Quenton Ford of Campbellsville, KY; Maria Hook of Louisville, KY; Jared Hunter of Albany, KY; Bailey Scott of Auburn, KY; and Eli Young of Greensburg, KY The alumni members were: John Brown of Lexington, KY; Allison Chafin of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Lafawn Nettles of Burkesville, KY They were directed by LWC Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Ensembles Gerald Chafin. - Morgan Sexton
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LWC Singers at site of Sound of Music location in Salzburg, Austria



2015-07-17 - Mirabell Garden, Salzburg, Austria - Photo from Lindsey Wilson College. Members of the Lindsey Wilson College Singers stand on the steps of the Mirabell Garden in Salzburg, where part of the famous "Do-Re-Mi" scene was filmed for The Sound of Music. Among them, in no particular order, with Dr. Gerald Chafin at far right, are Emmalee Baker of Columbia; Troy Butler of Albany, KY; Stephen Chafin of Columbia; Amber Clark of Kennesaw, GA; Kate Durham of Columbia; Quenton Ford of Campbellsville, KY; Maria Hook of Louisville, KY; Jared Hunter of Albany, KY; Bailey Scott of Auburn, KY; and Eli Young of Greensburg, KY The alumni members were: John Brown of Lexington, KY; Allison Chafin of Oklahoma City, OK; and Lafawn Nettles of Burkesville, KY. - Morgan Sexton
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Gerald Chafin with Salzburg Cathedral Director of Music



2015-07-17 - Salzburg, Austria - Photo from Lindsey Wilson College. Salzburg Cathedral Director of Music Janos Czifra, left, greets Lindsey Wilson College Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Ensembles Gerald Chafin. - Morgan Sexton
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