Junior Beth Aldrich of Myersville, Md.
- What was your favorite experience on this trip?
“I loved singing in the church in Lucerne. The sound was wonderful, but it wasn’t just that. I loved that no one stayed in the church during the concert but we sang any way. I loved hearing us sound fantastic and doing it just for us. The final official concert sounded amazing, but we were performing for others. In the church in Lucerne, we sounded our best just because we could.”
- How has your perspective changed on this trip?
“The language barrier has definitely shifted the way that I think of others. In most of the towns, even if we couldn’t speak their language and they didn’t understand me, people still communicated. Especially after concerts, people would come up and say thank you and say how wonderful it sounded. Music is universal, but also kindness, understanding, and a willingness to try and help others is worldwide.”
- What have you learned through your experiences?
“Above all else, I just love to learn new things. Seeing all of the churches, I now know the difference between a church and a cathedral. I know how a mass generally works. I know from first-person experience what a modern medieval town looks like. All of these things, I can see or learn in a book, but doing that wouldn’t have given me a rush of awe. I loved learning what it feels like to be in the presence of wonderful views with wonderful people.”