Concert Choir performs at the White House

Concert Choir performs at the White House

The Elizabeth City State University Choir performed at the White House on Jan. 27. Choir director Walter Swan said the tour resulted from an invitation by ECSU alum and Coast Guard Commander, Warren Judge.

 While at the White House, students took a tour and then performed in front of tourists and staff. But the event was also a learning opportunity for choir members.

 "The students were challenged to take the best photos possible using cell phones as mobile libraries and to note architectural details, acoustical properties, decorations and relevant artifacts in sight," said Swan. "This exercise allowed the students to form an active classroom on site and engage with an audience, capture moments in their history, and promote the university. I assure you the students sang so beautifully the other tourists will remember them as much as the White House tour."

 Upon their return to ECSU, the students submitted their notes and photos for review and class discussion. Swan said he is grateful for the support of Chancellor Thomas Conway, alumni, faculty, staff and additional supporters who could not accompany the choir on this memorable trip.

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