OM Music Travels to Nashville

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 9:35am

Last week, the OM Music Department traveled to Nashville to perform as well as participate in clinics at Vanderbilt University. As noted by Mrs. Elpus, "It was an unbelievable four days that profoundly impacted our students."

If you want to check out a recap of the trip, you can click on the link below which will take you to the OM Choir Twitter Feed. Within a few moments of scrolling, you will see many pictures of our kids from the tour. There are also a handful of 30 second video clips from their performances, featuring some amazing solos from Madison Bowling, Jacob Hale and Eric Mann, and some video including an AWESOME "Ooo Ahh O-M!" cheer on the top of the Seigenthaler Bridge.
(You do not need a Twitter account to check out the OM Choir Twitter feed.)

On the tour:

  • Every ensemble participated in ONE to TWO HOUR clinics with faculty from one of the best music schools in our country, Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music.

  • Everyone participated in a personalized tour of the Vanderbilt campus. In total, they spent six hours on Vanderbilt's campus.

  • Students performed in an INCREDIBLE venue that provided them with an acoustic experience they can't get here at hOMe. Mcafee Hall on Belmont University campus.

  • They experienced the LIVE music scene in downtown Nashville. Every ten feet, they could stop into a Honky-Tonk venue and hear INCREDIBLE musicians.

  • They toured the Country Music Hall of Fame and learned about the roots of a huge genre of music unique to America and how it changed over the years to what it is today.

  • The group took a trolley tour of the city and learned about the history of Nashville. They also stopped at Bicentennial Park where they got to tour the World War Two Monument.

  • Students learned some Nashville line dances in the Wildhorse Saloon and ate GREAT Nashville BBQ and heard more LIVE music.

  • They attended a production of The Ray Charles Legacy. The quality of talent was beyond anything Mrs. Elpus has ever heard (including NYC Broadway shows). Very inspiring to our kids.

  • The group toured RCA Studio B where many country music stars recorded and where Elvis recorded over 240 of his hits. They learned the history of the Nashville RCA studio and a lot about how studio recording has evolved. Some of our students even played the EXACT piano that Elvis himself played when recording some of his Grammy Award winning hits. (Check out the picture of Salomon Ulysse after playing the piano!)

Thank you for your support of our music program, and we hope you enjoy the pictures and videos of our students.