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Gwynedd Mercy University’s Voices of Gwynedd recently traveled to Ireland to celebrate their 25th anniversary. The ten-day “Ireland Heritage Tour” featured stops in Dublin, Connemara, Limerick, Kilkenny, Glendalough, and Boyne Valley. The choir took in sights such as the Cliffs of Moher, Rock of Cashel, and Kilkenny Castle.
"Who would have thought that it would take traveling almost 4,000 miles from home to make me feel so alive. This experience was one that I needed, and am grateful to have had," GMercyU student Anastasia Clare said.
The choir performed four concerts while in the Emerald Isle at venues such as the Knock Shrine Basilica and at the Black Abbey.
The highlight of the trip, however, was a visit to Mercy International Centre on Baggot Street, the original House of Mercy built by Catherine McAuley. There, the Voices of Gwynedd performed for the Sisters of Mercy and community.
"The concert had me in beautiful tears. Your students were on perfect pitch and blended beautifully," Mercy International Volunteer Cindie Nicola said.
The Voices of Gwynedd is a 100-member choir representing full and part- time students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Gwynedd Mercy University. Directed by Carol Evans, a seasoned soprano and assistant professor of music in the University’s School of Arts and Sciences, the choir has developed into a highly professional choral ensemble presenting quality programs representing many different genres. Performances by the choir and its musical collaborators are establishing the university as a strong cultural presenter in South Eastern Pennsylvania and the entire Tri-state area.