Five concerts, seven countries and memories to last a lifetime
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by Trinity Gruenberg
From the Eiffel Tower to the Swiss Alps, one lucky Bertha girl was able to participate in the trip of a lifetime. She sang her way through seven European countries in 10 days.
Former Bertha-Hewitt Choir Teacher Amber Sazama nominated Macie Fox to participate in the Minnesota Ambassadors of Music. Choir and band students from across the state are selected to participate in this grand event only once during their high school career. Each state has their own ambassador group and travel every other year.
While ecstatic to be accepted into the group, Fox had to come up with the funds for the trip.
“I wrote a letter to friends and family explaining to them what was going on with this trip. I wasn’t asking for money. I asked to work, clean, babysit and do whatever to earn money for the trip,” said Fox
Everyone pitched in and she collected the needed $6000 to cover the cost of the trip.
“I would not have been able to go if it wasn’t for them,” said a grateful Fox.
Before they left on their European excursion, Fox had to travel to The Cities and rehearse the music with her fellow choir members for a few days before departing on the European adventure. Fox is a soprano one, and chose soprano two for the trip.
“I’m glad I did it. I’m not typically a soprano two. We didn’t split (the lines) all that often, but when we did it trained me to read a different line for the harmony and I think it will make me a better musician in the long run,” explained Fox.
From July 6-21 Fox and friends visited England, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Lichtenstein and Germany. . . .