While in the city of Wellington on our New Zealand Performance Tour, National Tour Choir had the honor of visiting the residence of the United States Ambassador to New Zealand. At the Ambassador’s home, we were very graciously hosted by the Ambassador’s spouse, Dr. Duane E. McWaine. Dr. McWaine visited with many of our young ambassadors that afternoon, invited some members of the Chilton St. James girls choir over to do the same, and shared with each of us all of the cookies and punch we could possibly want!
Dr. McWaine sent this letter back to Mrs. DeSantis late last week. We thought we would share it with you.
Thanks so much for your visit to New Zealand, and especially to our Wellington area. The concert was well received, and I loved the interaction, both informally and in performance, of the two groups. The commitment and the discipline of the youngsters was evident and admirable. Kudos to you and your staff, and to the parents!
Thanks, too, for the poster and the wristband I received from one of the chorale members (I believe it was Tatiana). They’ll serve as great mementos.
Attached should be a photo of our feijoa trees. These are the trees and fruit I mentioned in my remarks that evening before the concert. Please share with the Chorale, especially if they did not get a chance to sample them before leaving New Zealand. It’s hard to spot the fruit at first, but once you discover one then you can usually spot several more.
I hope the final leg of the trip was fun and without incident.
Thanks, and keep up the good work,
Duane E. McWaine MD
Spouse – U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand
Camperdown, Lower Hutt