We have arrived in Tours and will begin the competition later today. The choir is a combination of excited, tired, and nervous. I gave them a "you don't have to be nervous about anything" talk last night and will do my best to motivate them to give their top performance today.
Our accommodations remind me a little of Camp Sumatanga: more like a dorm room than a hotel --- but the college students seem to roll with that punch rather well.
We are most nervous about the dead acoustic on the stage; it will not let us hear what we are used to hearing when we perform or rehearse. The solution is to sing the way you were rehearsed and to follow the director at all times--so I hope that I am able to hear everything I need to hear and make the proper adjustments when needed!
Everyone is happy and already talking about a trip next year overseas: we are really having a wonderful time. Thank you for all the support you give these fine students, it is highly valued by both student and professor.