HJ/EDJune 26, 2006

DC grad sings in eastern Europe

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

A 2003 DC graduate, Meghan Sherer, found an appreciation in the history of eastern Europe during a college choir tour this past spring.

While attending Augsburg College, she and her classmates had the opportunity to go on the two-week Augsburg College Choir European Tour.

Her choir director, Dr. Peter Hendrickson, was partly in charge of the American Choral Festival in Leipzig, Germany, but this wouldn’t be until the end of their tour, Sherer explained.

The most exciting part of her trip was singing for a little-to-no-English speaking audience at St. Peter’s Basilica in Budapest, Hungary, Sherer said.

The large Catholic church has so much history and beautiful architecture, she said.

“It was a good start to the tour and the highlight,” she said.

The cities covered in the tour were Budapest, Prague, Kutna Hora, Dresden and Leipzig.

The Augsburg choir sang at other venues including St. Barbara’s Cathedral in Kutna Hora, of the Czech Republic, and a small church in the town of Krabcice with residents of a senior citizens home where none of them spoke English.

The students were able to tour the Terezin Concentration Camp outside of Prague, where 140,000 men, women and children at the camp stayed, and where 34,000 died.

Here, Sherer learned the camp process and what a prisoner’s life was like.

The tour ended at the American Choral Festival in the Gewandhaus, a concert hall in Leipzig, Germany.

Sherer would suggest anyone interested in studying abroad to consider eastern Europe.

“Most students think about France or Italy, but eastern Europe has just as much to offer,” she said.

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