Brandywine choir tours New York CityPublished 10:00am Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Brandywine High School sophomore Skye Critchlow described a recent trip to New York City with the school choir as a life-changing experience.
“If not for this trip, I probably never would’ve seen New York City, the Empire State Building, a Broadway musical — it was truly an amazing experience,” she said.
Critchlow was one of 36 students who traveled to New York at the end of March with the school choir. The choir plans trips every two years to places such as Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., Atlanta and Washington.
Brandywine’s vocal music director Denise Boger has been offering the trips to students since 2003.
“They get to perform and get to experience life outside of Niles,” she said. “It is always such a positive, fun trip for them.”
A highlight of the five-day trip included a visit to the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, which serves more than 1,000 homeless people every weekday.
Brandywine sang three songs at the kitchen.
“It was very heartfelt,” Critchlow said.
“The people there seemed to really enjoy the music. They really got into it — some people were even dancing.”
Brandywine senior Collin Mattiford was amazed at the night view from the top of the Empire State building.
“The whole city just looks so beautiful at night, all lit up,” he said.
Boger said she plans to continue offering the trip to future students.
“It is fun to see them get excited about something when for most of the school year you are asking them to smile just a little bit,” Boger said. “I enjoy feeling like their mom for five days.”