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J-Term in Spain, 2015

“I managed to keep my passport through the whole trip, but I lost my heart somewhere in Spain. I wish we could go get it back someday, but it wouldn’t be the Spain I knew without the people I love and with whom I travelled.” - Maddie Wright ’17

During J-Term 2015, members of the Carthage Choir had an opportunity to travel across the Atlantic to Spain for the Carthage Symposium course A Journey of Senses in Spain: Music and Cultural Heritage. The Choir members didn’t just perform in Spain; they also experienced the country’s rich culture, heritage, traditions, and music. They studied Spanish history, architecture, food, and art. The choir performed in cathedrals across Spain, singing in the four native tongues of Spain: Aranese, Basque, Catalan, and Galician.



“This trip meant so much to me. I formed memories that will last a lifetime. I was pushed out of my comfort zone, forced to try new things and new food, and I loved every minute of it. I feel so connected to everyone on this trip. We’ll always have Spain in common.” — Alexis Kateley ’17

“The Carthage Choir’s trip to Spain was an incredible testament of the bonding power of music. The Spanish people loved our music and we loved their engagement and culture. I would do it all over again in a heart beat!” — Mike Anderle ’15

“I would not trade this trip for the world. This journey not only enhanced my cultural awareness, but brought me even closer to everyone in Carthage Choir. It is an honor to be a part of such a loving and hard-working group.” — Morgan Flynn ’17


“Seeing the joy on someone’s face when we were singing — even though they did not know always what we were saying — showed me why I sing. Giving someone else happiness with music is one of the best feelings I have ever had in my short 18 years on this planet, and I realized in that moment why I do this.” — Matthew Burton ’18

“Traveling through Spain with the Carthage Choir was one of the best experiences of my life. I formed bonds with my fellow choir members that will never be broken. Together we created many memories, learned about ourselves and others, and shared our gift of singing with others. Spain was a trip I will never forget!” — Pilar Azmani ’16


“Going to Spain has been such a wonderful experience for me. Not only have I learned about Spanish culture, but I have also made friends that I know I will have for the rest of my life.” — MeriKate Bock ’17

“This was a great trip for so many reasons. Not only we were able to share a gift that we hold so dear, but we were also put in a situation in which we learned numerous life lessons that will help in college and beyond.” — John Kryl ’15

“I feel very lucky that I have been able to travel the world with a world-class choir. It was fantastic!” — Jack Haggett ’17

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