Dear Families of Senior ( and Almost Senior) Choristers,

The Choir has offered three wonderful Choir trips to date — to Amsterdam, to Bristol, and most recently to Italy in June 2010. The next trip will likely either be to Paris/Rouen and its environs, or to Prague/Salzburg. The tour operator who arranged the recent Italy trip feels strongly that the weather would not be favorable during Spring Break for either location. The weakness of the French trip is an enormous air show that will be taking place in and around Paris which will make accommodations difficult to realize in the city itself. In Salzburg we would be invited to offer a Mozart Mass with orchestra as one of our venues, perhaps even in the Cathedral.

For planning purposes, it is time to see if there is enough possible interest in a Choir trip in June 2012. If not, then the Choir will work towards a June 2013 trip instead. We realize it is likely too soon for families to commit, but it would be helpful to see what everyone is thinking. If you can, please answer the following questions by email to Laura Holt and Mary Burnham by Tuesday May 11.

Please keep in mind Grace’s current exchange trip dates:
June 2011: France
Spring Break 2012: India
June 2012: Japan and Spain
Spring Break 2013: China (This trip might be moved to the High School. It is unclear how that might affect the other exchange dates.)
June 2013: France

QUESTIONS:
Would your child consider joining a June 2012 choir trip?
Would your child likely choose the GCS Japan or Spain trip over the choir trip?
Would your child consider joining a June 2104 choir trip?
Would your child likely choose the GCS France trip over the choir trip?
Does the trip location affect this decision — i.e., is your child more likely to pursue a choir trip if it goes to France? to Prague/Salzburg?

If you need more information about the trips in general, please feel free to contact either of us: Laura (212-529-2840), Mary (212-473-3020), or Vicky..