The Hamilton choir’s annual spring break tour took on a new element this year with volunteer community service work in addition to choral performances.
Director of Choral Activities and Vocal Studies Jace Saplan, who implemented the service component, explained, “As artists, I think that we have a duty to serve the communities we engage with, for music making does not exist without community. What we do is cyclical—the places we visited and performed in opened their doors to us, so it made sense for us to perform to the best of our ability and to serve.”
In Connecticut the choir did a collaborative rehearsal with Sacred Heart University's choir. A planned service event was cancelled due to a predicted Nor'easter. In New York City, the choir performed “Sing and Service” in Central Park’s Diana Ross Playground. This included an informal audience sing-a-long, followed by snacks and a trash pick-up in the park.