Fort Wayne's Voices of Unity choir is in Cincinnati for the World Choir Games. Here is its report:
Day one of our journey has begun and the anticipation of our trip has sunk into reality -- the Voices of Unity is ready for Cincinnati.
Waking up at a painful 5:00 a.m., we all packed up our belongings in order to get to Rhinehart Music Center where the buses awaited us. Pulling up to see two charter buses truly reminded me of our trip to China two years ago.
As we waited for departure at 8:00, News Channel 15 and many other reporters almost swarmed us outside wanting to hear our thoughts and feelings about the trip. Once we left Rhinehart, (finally) I relaxed on a LONG 3.5 hour bus ride to Cincinnati, Ohio.
As we drove through downtown, we all saw the different promotions for the WCG, which made me even more excited about this experience. Arriving at the 5-star Westin Hotel was a blessing and a relief for us all of us, I'm sure.
As we crowded into the lobby, we received specific instructions, keys, and headed to our rooms. Shortly after settling into our rooms, we headed to our buses that took us to our first Opening Ceremony Practice...with Kirk Franklin!!! This highly anticipated moment was finally here!
Let's just say that practice was..interesting, and also very exciting to meet Kirk Franklin for the first time. Little did we know, we had another rehearsal ahead of us for the Opening Ceremonies at a completely different venue.
After practicing here, we had the opportunity to meet and greet with Kirk, which went great. He gave us all great words of wisdom regarding originality, success and life in general.
"Don't let how much money you have determine your success." Franklin said.
Once Kirk Franklin BLESSED us with his gift of wisdom, the Voices of Unity wanted to bless him by singing one of his own songs, "I Smile.".
"Wow, what more can I say?!" said Franklin. "I have NEVER seen anything like this before."
The choirs then got to casually meet and greet with Kirk Franklin (which was amazing!)
Once we made it back to our hotel, we relaxed, ate dinner together, and were dismissed back to our hotel rooms to rest.
Despite the heat, exhaustion, hunger, and fatigue that many of us faced on only our FIRST day, it left us anxious to experience more of the World Choir Games!