Most of us would probably agree that the exchanges with other choirs were the most emotional and moving part of our China tour. Each was touching in its own unique way, including the one with the Hong Kong choirs. It was arranged in part by Singing Hoosier alum Horace Mui, who was in the group in late 1990s. Inspired by his experience in Singing Hoosiers, he returned to Hong Kong and decided to start his own show choir there (the city’s first). This particular exchange took place at Horace’s old school, the Diocesan Boys’ School. It is a private school on a beautiful campus for boys in grades 1 through 12. It was actually a triple exchange; we performed along with the Boys’ School Choirs and Horace’s “Show Choir of Hong Kong.” The Boys’ School choirs performed first…there were two of them, an intermediate and an advanced, and they were absolutely phenomenal! They have even won several world youth choir championships! They did one Chinese folk song about war and going into battle, and one song of which the text was taken from a letter written by a U.S. soldier to his family shortly before he was killed. After the boys’ emotional and impressive performances, the Show Choir of Hong Kong took the stage and got ALL OF US on our feet with their rendition of the High School Musical hit, “We’re All in This Together” and multiple selections from RENT. We then took the stage, and were super-stoked with the audience’s reaction. Show choir is show choir, no matter where you are, and these kids especially seemed to connect to and enjoy the music more than anyone else on the trip. They got so excited for every song! After our performance, an impromptu jam session took place, in which we joined the boys and the showchoir kids in singing popular songs from today, including basically every single song Bruno Mars has ever released. (If you don’t know who he is, here’s a link to his most famous tune: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjhCEhWiKXk). It was basically a big pop culture/showchoir/ego fest, as all the non-Singing Hoosiers praised us and took pictures with us as if we were actual celebs. Needless to say, it was great. There were tuna sandwiches and juice afterwards, which only made the perfect day even better. We sadly bid them all farewell, knowing that wewould soon (the next day) be seeing the Show Choir of Hong Kong again, as they were going to open for us at our concert!
-Laurel & Elisabeth G.