I've given lots of time and energy to the "France" question for about a year now. My personal experience with Paris and the Tours competition as a performer and conductor drives me to want to do it as many times as I can.
I've looked at the possibility of going in May 2010 and I've come to the decision that it just won't work for us this year.
The primary reason: we can't go and be the choir we are. There are too many people who, for whatever reason, can't go. We can't hope to compete on an international level without a nearly full complement of singers.
I propose this:
We start planning for 2011. Dates for the festival are May 28 and 29. Cost will likely be the same as it is now or a little more.
What say ye?