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Thursday July 5th, 2012

Aside from the drag of morning grogginess, today turned out to be very fun and exciting. We kicked off the day by heading to the Duke Energy Convention Center, where we not only ate, but learned a new fun game with cups! (Yes, cups.) Singers from South Africa started the game, and VOU curiously caught on, learned how to play, and joined in..and had alot of fun in the process:)

After breakfast, we stayed at the convention center for the first of the music workshops going on throughout the week, which was ran by our own choir director, Marshall White. The focus of the workshop was to educate people on the background of the under appreciation of popular and soulful music.

There, we learned, sang, and socialized with our new friends from a school choir from Puerto Rico who came to listen in on the workshop as well. Mr. White kept us all interested and on our toes by making the workshop interactive and allowing all of us to participate. "No matter where you are or what nationality you are, you can still experience the same emotions through this soulful music." said Angel, one member of the choir from Puerto Rico. Following this workshop, our choir went to another workshop, conducted by a German director. (who also revealed

that he would be a judge for competition;) ) In this workshop, he spoke about the different accents and changes in your voice that is present when singing in the German language. Despite the fact that we don't speak ANY German, we still gave our all! After this workshop, we stayed at the center and went to lunch..which was PACKED! The choir used this to their advantage by going to meet and take pictures with new people from around the world. After lunch, we briefly stopped by the hotel to freshen up and later went on a tour at the Cincinnati History Museum.

Following our museum tour, we once again stopped at the Westin Hotel, and headed out for dinner. Tonight we went to the famous Skyline Chili, a place well known for it's dangerous but delicious mixture of spaghetti and chilli. We literally packed out the restaurant, and enjoyed our meals made by the courteous staff. After singing a song to thank the staff, we left Skyline and walked the streets back to our hotel where we decided to wrap up early, and call it a night.

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