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ESCC takes in D.C.: School singers perform at National Cathedral

ESCC takes in D.C.: School singers perform at National Cathedral



Enterprise State Community College’s Fine Arts Department recently received the opportunity of a lifetime and visited Washington, D.C. for a special performance in the National Cathedral.

ESCC joined with the Adult Choir of the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Dothan to present a “Prelude to an Evensong” in the cathedral. According to Fine Arts Division Chair Ken Thomas, the performance was a breathtaking experience and a resounding success for his students.

“It was a huge success, just a huge success,” said Thomas. “I performed in that space before so I knew what it would be like, but our students had no idea. They were in awe of that space. Being in a place like that, our imperfections were kind of hidden because of that beautiful space. There were no imperfections in our performance.”

Students were also given a chance to explore the nation’s capital in between rehearsals. Thomas said the experience brought so much more to the table than just an opportunity to perform.

“A student came in this morning and said it was more than she expected it to be and she learned more about our country than she expected. She’d read some things but being there, visiting the monuments and the capitol, she learned a lot more than she would have otherwise,” Thomas said. “They got to, within our group, hang out with people they never really socialized with, and one young man said to me, ‘You know what was so cool about this trip? I got to hang out with the homecoming queen, and I never would have done that in high school.’ It brought us all closer together.”

ESCC’s next big performance, its Spring Student Art Show and Fine Arts Division Spring Concert, will be held April 22 in the school’s Multipurpose Room. Thomas said that some of the art presented during that show was drawn by fine arts students who participated in the D.C. trip, and some of the locations the students visited will be reflected in their works.

For more information on ESCC Fine Arts, contact Ken Thomas at 334-347-2623, extension 2319.

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