USC Aiken Choral Group Performs in Italy
Aiken, SC (07/01/2019) — Members of the University of South Carolina Aiken's Women's Vocal Ensemble started their summer break performing all over Italy.
Vox Femina, which means 'feminine voice' in Latin, is a small group of performers from the university's women's vocal ensemble. While in Italy, they visited Orvieto, Florence, Assisi, and Rome.
"The purpose of the trip was to introduce students to different cultures, history, art, architecture, and music," said Dr. Joel Scraper, chair of the USC Aiken Department of Visual and Performing Arts.
During the Italian visit, they performed at Sant'Andrea, a 12th century church in Orvieto, and at the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi. As part of the cultural and historical experience, they visited the Uffizi Gallery in Florence; Vatican City, specifically Saint Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums; as well as several historic Roman sites, including Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum, among others.
"The students and I are extremely grateful for the generosity of Jo Steel through The Joseph T. and Mary H. Usher Music Program Endowment who made this incredible opportunity available to our students," Scraper said.
"Not only were they able to share their talents with the hospitable people in Italy, but their educational experience was enriched by the trip."
Members of Vox Femina who performed in Italy were:
- Bianca Baxter
- Kyah Bodiford
- McKenzie Cromer
- Carmen Czerwinski
- Leondra Jackson
- Elizabeth Schofield
- Aubrey Schipp
- Kelsey Tarrance