SANS traveled to South Africa in 2001 and in August 2005. After traveling to the Drakensberg Mountains, we met 12 members of the George Choir in Durban for a full schedule of performing, joining the Durban Men’s Chorus in concert, and members of the Sinikithemba Choir at McCord Hospital’s Center for HIV/AIDS outpatients. After visiting Kruger Park, the George Choir returned home. SANS continued to Pretoria, where we stayed with families from the Camerata, who visited Boston in December 2004. Music Director Johann van der Sandt organized a concert with his two choirs, the TUKS Camerata and the Singkronies Chamber Choir; and visits to two township schools.
SANS made its first trip to Vietnam in April 2006. Here the chorus was impressed with the friendliness of the Vietnamese people and the beauty of the land. We shared songs with Vietnamese choruses, including the Hanoi National Opera Ballet Chorus, the College of Arts Choir at the Citadel in Hue, and the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory Choirs. Many traveled to Cambodia, where we shared with students at the Sharing Foundation in Roteang Village near Phnom Penh, and with Cambodian Living Arts students in Siem Reap. SANS travelers were charmed by guides in both countries and touched by the life stories shared while traveling through these distant lands.
In April 2007, SANS returned to Louisiana to renew friendships in Houma and New Orleans, and to attend the International Music Festival in Lafayette. Friends in the United Houma Nation welcomed us warmly. Sharing A New Song members spent several days in Houma and New Orleans, offering service to communities stricken by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The chorus had many meaningful singing opportunities during its stay in Louisiana, and wonderful opportunities to connect with our southern neighbors. SANS Louisiana travelers agreed that adding a community service component to a wonderful singing experience contributed to making this trip a meaningful, mission-related experience.
Sharing A New Song’s first visit to Brazil in June 2008 was a combination of beautiful friendly people, gorgeous scenery, and varied meaningful experiences, while singing and socializing with Brazilian choruses. We sang at the Santa Clara House for children in Rio de Janeiro, and adult and children’s choruses in Petropolis and Ouro Preto. In Salvador de Bahia, we sang with the Liceu Chorus, and enjoyed a workshop and concert opportunity with the Cefet Chorus. SANS also performed at the Irma Dulce Hospital. We enjoyed singing and samba lessons with Mimulus, a dance company in Belo Horizonte. Before traveling to the Amazon, where we toured and sang in native villages, we were privileged to perform with the Joao Gomes Jr. Choir in the Manaus Opera House.
SANS returned to Cuba in for the third time in December 2009. In June and July of 2010, the chorus traveled to Russia, including Siberia. In Yaroslavl, a city about 200 miles northeast of Moscow, SANS participated in a song festival to celebrate that city’s millenium. Some SANS members continued on an extension trip to Mongolia’s Naadam Festival.
In May of 2011, SANS returned to Louisiana, reuniting with friends in the Houma Indian Nation and in New Orleans.