G’day from the beautiful city of Brisbane, Australia!
After a sixteen hour plane ride, we arrived in Brisbane at approximately 5:30 am on Tuesday morning. We were greeted by the incredible Michael and Kym Strachan from Queensland Show Choirs and some wonderful tour guides to welcome us. Our first day was incredibly successful, with two performances at Queen St. Mall in the early afternoon, a workshop/clinic for teachers from 4-6 pm, and a rehearsal from 7:30-9 pm with the Queensland Show Choir. We received such wonderful feedback from those who saw our performances, and each one gave us the energy we needed to push through any jet lag and continue to share our music and make new music with people across the globe. The people of Brisbane are incredibly friendly and have opened their homes and hearts to us and treated us like family – special thanks goes out to our host families (“billets”) who are housing and feeding all 54 students on the trip.
Our second day started with a bang, visiting the beautiful campus of the University of Queensland, and giving a ‘teaser’ performance for our concert tomorrow night. As you may know, our own Indiana University President Michael McRobbie is an alumnus of University of Queensland! It gave us great pride to be able to share in the beauty of his old campus and work to continue the incredible reputation he has established both for himself and Indiana University in that part of Brisbane. Special thank you to President McRobbie for his support of our tour, and for the time he took out of his busy schedule to speak to us personally in class a few weeks ago. We will have lots of pictures to send his way that we took at some of the greater landmarks on campus.
Afterwards, we headed to the Gold Coast for a (slightly rainy) free afternoon, spent shopping and enjoying the beach and the local cuisine. Our final stop was at the Australian Outback Spectacular, for a horse show and a great meal.
A huge thank you goes out to everyone who has made this trip possible so far – both in the states and abroad. If these last two days have been any indicator of the joy, fellowship, and musical experiences that are to come, we know this will be a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
If you would like to see the Singing Hoosiers continue to tour in future years, please consider donating to the Singing Hoosiers Travel Fund through https://iufoundation.fundly.com/singinghoosierstravelaustraliacampaign. All donations received will be doubled by an anonymous benefactor.