Canterbury Choral Society in China

The Canterbury Choral Society took part in the 2011 American Celebration of Music in China, June 18 – 26, 2011. Director Randi Von Ellefson had this to say about the experience:

I want to thank you all for making the Canterbury trip to China such a success. I heard many, many great comments about the organization, the professionalism of the guides in China, their thorough preparation and in particular, the helpful attitudes when “special” needs arose. I think we will particularly remember our concerts at Tianjin University and at the National Music Center. They were both emotional highs and very touching to us. (It was great to see Professor Wu again and have her be our musical host in Beijing.) There were so many highlights among the historical sites that it would be difficult for me to say which was the most moving, but I think people were particularly touched by the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xian-both the factory and the museum itself. In Beijing, the Great Wall, Olympic Village, Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City, pearl factory, jade store and the silk factory were all simply amazing. I am sure each person has their own favorites but for me, I am still too close to this amazing experience that I simply am swirling in happiness that this tour came about. Please express our thanks to the tour hosts in China. We were always kept informed and “entertained” by their warm personalities and professional demeanor. It was simply wonderful! With warm wishes–Randi

Randi Von Ellefson, DMA Artistic Director, Canterbury Choral Society Oklahoma City, Oklahoma