From 27 November to 4 December, 25 ACU students from across three campuses travelled to Rome as part of the ACU National Student Choir Rome Experience. The students are all members of their respective ACU campus choirs in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, and they united to form the ACU National Student Choir, directed by Faye Dumont, accompanied by Lachlan Redd, and coordinated by ACU Leadership and Culture Coordinator, Cate Gilpin.
Throughout 2016 the students have shown a high level of commitment to their campus choirs, attending weekly rehearsals and participating in various performances and programs. The Rome group took on the extra commitment of preparing for and travelling to Rome, requiring of them an intense rehearsal schedule and extensive personal commitment to prepare for and fund the journey.
Students participated in a number of workshops and rehearsals in Rome and delivered three exceptional performances – at the chapel of Donna Camilla Savelli, at St Ignazio de Loyola Church and at the Pontifical Institute for Sacred Music.
Each performance was of a very high standard, but the emotive performance of beautiful sacred music to a large audience - including ambassadors, diplomats, cardinals, local community members and tourists - at San Ignazio de Loyola Church was a standout. The audience response was excellent.
As a group the Choir also visited important and beautiful sacred sites throughout the city including the Vatican and the Pantheon.
All students and staff involved were a credit to the University and should be commended for their success.