Junior Blake Tickle of Pilot Mountain
- What was your favorite experience on this trip?
“My most memorable experience would have to be the home stay and performance in Wangen, Germany. It was so interesting and so fascinating to learn about the lifestyles and the customs of people from the other side of the world. I will never forget their hospitality and their positive and encouraging words about America.”
- How has your perspective changed on this trip?
“Wow, everything about my perspective has changed from this point forward, I feel my musicianship will be affected in a very positive way. When I sing a French song or a song about a rolling river in Germany, my thoughts and my heart will return again to these places.”
- What have you learned through your experiences?
“Well, putting the things I’ve learned into words might not sound correct. First, I’ve learned the uniting force music has on this choir and our audience, domestically and internationally. It is in that love of music that we find peace, love, and harmony together. Second, I have learned the importance of church history and the progression of gothic architecture in European cathedrals. Third, I have learned that music doesn’t end when we sing the last cadence, or when we board that plane back to America, it only ends when we stop the music in our hearts and in our minds. The memories made here will be in my heart for the rest of my life. Nothing in this world could prepare me more for a career performing music internationally.”