Every so often I find myself looking back at the things I have been a part of in my time here at Saint Mary’s. One of the things that I will always remember are the choir trips I went on. My freshmen year Chamber Singers went to France and it was an awesome experience. My sophomore year the group went to Colorado. And my junior year we went to Rome, Italy. The Rome trip stands out to me the most. That tour was some of the most intense music I have ever seen or played. Additionally, we were in one of the most important cities, I think, in history. I went there when I was about twelve with my family and this time around I had a way different look at everything. We sang all over the city. One of the coolest was when we sang in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. However, my favorite memory was when we sang at an English mass. Eric Heukeshoven wrote a piece for the group and that song was powerful. I just remember standing in the choir loft and singing that song. I remember glancing around and seeing my friends, my roommates, and the audience members just being so into those moments. I was in a complete state of nirvana. But I looked out and saw people who came to see us crying. That was a moment where I know I was doing exactly what I needed to be doing. A moment where everything just makes sense and the power of music just takes over. I think its why we do what we do as musicians. As long as I live, I will never forget that song and that performance with those people.