It is hard to believe that our Journey together is at a close!
First and foremost, a special thank you and congratulations to our Chorus. The talent and dedication of our Chorus students is truly impressive - and to have now been able to add some of the most storied places and occasions to your artistic resumes is truly extraordinary! Thank you for the gift of music that you bring to Austin Prep and for the stories you’ll share with your classmates and friends. Treasure the memories that you’ve made this week with your family and friends.
A special expression of gratitude goes to Mr. Stephen Williams, our Chorus Director. Mr. Williams taught students a full repertoire of music in preparation for the many different liturgies and performance opportunities on this pilgrimage and did so while also preparing the ensemble for Lessons and Carols and our fall liturgical celebrations. Thanks, Mr. Williams.
I’m thankful for the leadership of Dr. Hickey and Mrs. Pascucci-Byrne. Through their encouragement and mentorship, this amazing opportunity happened for our students. Our students - indeed, all of us travelers - have stories from this Journey that we will take with us for the rest of our lives.
Thank you also to Father Patrick for your spiritual leadership - we were so happy that you were able to concelebrate the Masses at the Altar of the Chair of Saint Peter, the Papal Mass, and our Mass in Assisi.
Finally, a special thank you to all of our travelers - parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, and faculty - who joined us in our pilgrimage to the Vatican and exploration of Rome. I’m inspired by your sense of adventure and your celebration of these talented students! Thank you for taking part in what we hope will be the first of many international opportunities for the Arts at Austin Prep.
Once we’ve settled back in on campus, I’ll be back in touch about sharing some of the media that we accumulated (thank you, Devin!) and setting up a forum where you’ll be invited to share some of your photos and video.
I wish all of you a restful weekend and wonderful beginning to 2020!
Head of Middle School