The journey began over a year ago when we received a call from the Vail Valley Foundation asking if we would consider learning 14 national anthems (in their native languages) of the world’s top skiers? They were hosts of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek and they wanted to do something new and different — have the winning medalist’s national anthem sung live, instead of using the standard prerecorded instrumental version. It meant that, for two weeks, the Chorale would sing in the nightly medal ceremonies, learning only a few hours beforehand, which country’s athlete they would serenade. Boy, are we glad that we said “yes!”
After many, many, MANY hours of research and preparation over the past nine months, the Colorado Children’s Chorale is proud to have participated in the World Ski Championships from February 1-15, 2015. We won’t go into details about the process — if you want to learn about all the “inside stuff”, simply click on the posts (with “Vail 2015” in the title) on the right and you can catch up.
The final numbers:
New anthems learned in the native language: 15
Austria, Canada, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Lichtenstein, Norway, Russia (at the last minute when it appeared that it may be needed, National Tour Choir learned the Russian anthem), Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and (of course) the United States of America was anthem number 15.
Anthems sung at the nightly ceremonies: Austria (5 times!), France (once), Slovenia (twice), Switzerland (once), and United States (twice).
Schools visited during the two week residency: 11
Breckenridge Elementary and Upper Blue Elementary (Breckenridge); Brush Creek Elementary and Eagle Valley Elementary (Eagle); Eagle County Charter Academy, Edwards Elementary, St. Clare of Assisi, and Vail Christian Academy (Edwards); Gypsum Elementary and Red Hill Elementary (Gypsum); and Red Sandstone Elementary (Vail).
Total # of students reached: 3,635
Our young singers touched the hearts and souls of infinite numbers of people worldwide, as was evidenced by the comments, letters, “likes”, and links shared. We are thrilled to have been part of this amazing event. We picked a few of our favorite pictures from the two weeks to share with you. Enjoy!