The Mount Mercy University Choir traveled to New York this year for four days over spring break as part of the ensemble’s annual service trip. Members of the choir stayed at a hotel in midtown Manhattan near Times Square and the Theatre District. They spent one afternoon at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in Harlem making sack lunches filled with food and information about the free services that Saint Mary’s offers for those in need. Afterwards, the choir helped distribute these in a neighborhood near the church. They also visited an assisted living facility in Harlem to perform for the residents.
In their spare time, members of the choir took advantage of the many opportunities that are so densely packed into the city, which is one reason it is always a popular destination for the annual service trip. Watching bagpipers march down Fifth Avenue in the Saint Patrick’s Day parade, going to a performance of Wicked on Broadway, walking through Central Park, shopping in Soho and Chinatown, and even catching an edgy performance of an early Baroque opera were just some of their exciting endeavors.
Previous destinations for the choir’s service trip have included New Orleans, Las Vegas, Tampa, and Montreal.