Minnesingers prepare for trip to Croatia

First row: Zana Von Rooyen, Josh Boucher, Maggie Riseborough, Lucas Amarins, Samantha Valley, Julia Cooper, Caley Bennett, Claudia Taylor, Clare Boland; second row: Shannon O’Connor, Sophie Nelson, Sammi Chaves, Sarah Dawson, Sam Oslyn, Mikayla Tinus, Kathryn Antonsson, Katherine Reid, Olivia de Geofroy; third row: Emelia Cappelli Aaron Teves, Galen Mayhew; fourth row: Liam Craffey, Caleb Enos, Grant Santos, Gage Rancich, Erik Faber, Stowe Counsell; missing: Sam Permar, Sarah Ortlip-Sommers, Taylor McNeely, Megan Mendenhall, Cassie Mello. — Photo by Janis Wightman

In April, the Minnesingers, the select Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School choir group made up of 13 boys and 19 girls in grades 10 through 12, will travel to Croatia for the group’s biannual concert tour over April vacation.

To prepare for the trip, the students have been rehearsing two nights a week since January as well as during music class. They will perform five concerts while abroad. The venues include a school in the town of Split, Diocletion’s Palace in Split; a cathedral on the island of Korcula; and a school and the Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik.

At Sunday rehearsal, members of the Minnesingers gave presentations on the history, culture, arts, food, and language of Croatia. They also posed for a photo to say thank you (Hvala in Croatian) to their parents, family and friends, and the Island community whose support makes this trip possible.

Following their return, the Minnesingers will present their choral and dance spring show, ROOTS, celebrating the contribution of African-American composers and performers to American choral and pop music. The show will be at the Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5.