The invitation, a laudable achievement for any musical group, came seven years after the choir sang at St. Peter's Basilica in
"Out of integrity to our rich tradition, we must keep a very high standard of musical excellence in discerning which choirs are invited to join us in the regular celebration of our Sunday liturgy," he wrote.
The choir at St. Michael, located on
About 30 of them will leave for
Choir members said it will be fun to visit famous cities and take in some of the world's most beautiful architecture.
But it will also be good for their spirit, they said.
During their last trip, they prayed together every morning and their confidence was built up by seeing promotional posters for their performance on the sides of buildings, Monsignor
Choir members were so moved by the experience in 2006 during their trip to Assisi,
"It's a bonding experience not just with each other but with God," he said.
Choir members credit
Cusher became the music director 16 years ago. Since then, he's expanded the choir by combining his welcoming personality with standards that are challenging, said
"It's very inviting," she said of the choir. "There's a cohesiveness that happens when a group comes together with a spiritual goal."
"It's not just about musical harmony, but harmony in general," said
Cusher, for his part, said he's focused on the basics such as "listening to the blend of the choir, making sure one individual isn't sticking out over the rest."
Good choirs, he said, sound harmonic and joyful.
These days, his group is both.
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