20749
Springfield
Singing in the Heart of America: A Choral Workshop
Revel in a week of music with fellow Road Scholars and a professional conductor as you rehearse, improve your vocal technique and put on two concerts.
Rating (4.5)
Program No. 20749RJ
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5 days
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5 days
4 nights
11 meals
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DAY
1
Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Rehearsals Begin
Springfield, IL
D
President Abraham Lincoln Springfield - A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: During hotel check-in, you will receive an information sheet, “Road Scholar Sunday Agenda,” listing the Registration location, itinerary for the evening, and the evening dinner menu. Program Registration: After you have your room assignment at 4:00 p.m., come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, engaging in available activities on your own, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may be changed due to local conditions/circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At 5 p.m. in the hotel’s private dining room, we will have a pre-selected 3-course plated meal, plus coffee, tea (hot/iced), water; other beverages available for purchase from the hotel bar.

Evening: At 6:30 pm, begin your music filled week with Music Director Sue Hamilton and an orientation and rehearsal of "Three B's on the Prairie" exploring the music of the Three B's: Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.

DAY
2
Rehearsals, Discussions, Lincoln’s Tomb
Springfield, IL
B,L
President Abraham Lincoln Springfield - A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Activity note: Rehearsal is at the hotel with sitting and standing.

Breakfast: In the hotels private dining room, we will have a breakfast buffet featuring a rotating selection of choices such as an egg dish, breakfast meats, hot/cold cereals, fruit, yogurt, muffins, bagels, and toast, plus coffee (regular/decaf), tea (hot/cold), milk, juices, water.

Morning: 8:45-11:45 am, rehearsals and classroom discussions with our Music Director in a hotel room reserved for our group.

Lunch: Noon-2 p.m., in the hotel’s private dining room, we will have a pre-selected plated meal, plus coffee, tea (hot/iced) and water.

Afternoon: 2-5 p.m., continue rehearsals and classroom discussions with our Music Director at a hotel room reserved for our group. There will be an opportunity to practice with a piano in the hotel.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Try some “local favorites” as many restaurants serve the Springfield original “the horseshoe” which has nothing to do with pitching horseshoes. A piece of advice, unless you are very hungry ask for the “ponyshoe.” How about trying a “cozy dog” on the old Route 66 where the cozy dog was invented, perhaps better known to most of us today as the corn dog and while there check out their Rt. 66 memorabilia while there too? Try a popular downtown restaurant and craft brewery and have dinner outside at picnic tables or inside. While waiting for your food, you can play a game of Bocce Ball, bean bags. If you are looking for a downtown restaurants serving locally grown food, we have a few great suggestions for you as well as wonderful family run restaurants near the hotel.

Evening: At Leisure. Drive or board the local Springfield mass transit bus to Lincoln’s Tomb, experiencing the Flag Lowering Ceremony between 7-8 pm by the 114th Volunteer Infantry; enter your name for a drawing to take the lowered flag home with you. After the ceremony the monument will be open to pay your respects to Lincoln and his family and meet the soldiers and civilians dressed in period clothes. The original receiving vault will also be open at the bottom of the hill behind the monument as well. We will keep you abreast of special “History Comes Alive” events, program and performances too. Or, take time to rehearse for sectionals at hotel.

DAY
3
Rehearsals, Musical Talent Revue
Springfield, IL
B,L,D
President Abraham Lincoln Springfield - A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Activity note: Rehearsal is at the hotel with sitting and standing.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: 8:45-11:45 am, rehearse the concert program with our Music Director in a hotel room reserved for our group.

Lunch: Noon-2 p.m., in the hotel’s private dining room, we will have a pre-selected plated meal, plus coffee, tea (hot/iced) and water.

Afternoon: 2-5 p.m., continue rehearsals and classroom discussions with our Music Director. There will be an opportunity to practice with a piano in the hotel for the talent show.

Dinner: At 5:30 p.m. in the hotel’s private dining room, we will have a pre-selected 3-course plated meal, plus coffee, tea (hot/iced), water; other beverages available for purchase from the hotel bar.

Evening: At 7 p.m., let your talents shine in our Musical Talent Revue!

DAY
4
Rehearsals, Two Concert Performances
Springfield, IL
B,L,D
President Abraham Lincoln Springfield - A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Activity note: Rehearsal and standing for the concerts up to an hour each.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: 8:45-11:45 am, rehearsals and classroom discussions with our Music Director in a hotel room reserved for our group.

Lunch: Noon-2 p.m., in the hotel’s private dining room, we will have a pre-selected plated meal, plus coffee, tea (hot/iced) and water.

Afternoon: 2 p.m., Warm-up and rehearse as needed for the concert program. Drive to a retirement community for the afternoon concert performance. After the concert, we will drive to St. John's Lutheran Church for some relaxation and meet congregation members before the evening concert.

Dinner: The congregation of St. John's Lutheran Church will provide dinner to our group at the church.

Evening: We will have a concert performance for St. John's Lutheran Church congregation and the public for their "Evening Concert Series."

DAY
5
Presentation, Wrap-up, Share Experiences, Program Concludes
Springfield, IL
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: 9-10 am, “Music Lincoln Loved” presentation that focuses on music that Abraham Lincoln loved and heard documented by newspaper accounts, diaries, and letters. Using period Civil War artifacts – musical instruments, sheet music, programs, photographs, artwork and video and audio recordings, the music of his times and Lincoln himself come alive. 10:15-11 a.m., the Music Director and Group Leader will lead a wrap-up session to review the program highlights, share favorite experiences, and say farewell to new Road Scholar friends. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!