• Katie Ingerson

Minot State Choir Planning Trip Abroad

This coming May, about 25 members of the Minot State Choir will be taking a trip abroad to Skien, Minot’s sister city in Norway. This trip will give these students an opportunity to share their music in another country and experience a new culture.

“It’s a chance for students to connect and interact with other people their age in a different country. A cultural enrichment is really what is it,” Emerson Eads, the Minot State director of choral activities, said.

The sister city relationship gives students some unique opportunities that most international trips would not include. Students will be taking part in the 17th of May celebration, which is Norway’s constitution day, have recording time in the Notodden Blues Center's music studio, go on a Fjord boat cruise with a Shanty choir, and much more.

“Because of the sister city components, the Minot State group really is having the red carpet rolled out for us. We will be given opportunities that study tours don’t typically have,” Libby Claerbout, the director of international programs at Minot State, said.

Funding for the trip is happening through donations, fundraising, and out-of-pocket or through financial aid from students. The cost of the trip is about $4,600 per student. Two concerts, a Veteran’s Day concert, and a Bee Gees concert, served as fundraising for the trip.

“We have had a very generous married couple from Stanley that made a donation of $20,000. They have supported exchanges between MSU students and the University of Telemark students before. They are taking an interest in this because of the geographic location. That will go towards the total cost of the program,” Claerbout said.

Any student registered for the MSU choir in the spring semester is still able to join the trip, so interested students could still join.

“People who are not currently in the choir can audition and be admitted to choir for the spring semester,” Claerbout said.

This trip is packed with a full itinerary that will allow the students attending to experience a new culture and learn from that culture.

“What I look forward to is seeing that open the minds of the kids and also seeing them be impacting kids over there,” Eads said.

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