Don't mistake my lack of a "strong push" to indicate that I lack enthusiasm for going to France this year. I certainly want to go and compete. It is one of my favorite memories as both a singer and as a conductor!
At the same time, I can't push you too hard - if it doesn't happen for us then it won't be the end of the world. I bet that there are very few choirs traveling to Europe this year because of the poor economy. If it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen.
We'll talk more soon. For now, we have a big concert ahead of us. I can't wait.