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The Music of Eric Whitacre

Mark and I spent the past weekend in New York City. We flew up to see our younger son perform at the Lincoln Center as part of the Distinguished Concerts International New York program. Under the direction of Eric Whitacre, high schools from all over the world came together for a weekend of rehearsals followed by a spectacular performance of vocal talent. Blue Ridge High School represented 50 out of 200 students, which is a testament to the leadership of Laura Morris, the school's chorus teacher. 

Over a year ago, she sent in an audition tape of the chorus, and then intently began fundraising for the group. You can imagine that airfare and hotel rooms in NYC aren’t cheap. She is skilled in building relationships with and among group members, and has served as a guide and a sounding board for these talented youth.
NYC has her share of coffee shops, so I was able to grab a cup of chai tea and almond biscotti and reflect on the weekend. My heart was full of gratitude for the people an…

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