|Manhattanville Students Visit Rome Over Spring Break|
|Wednesday, March 28, 2012|
Two groups of Manhattanville College students visited Rome for an educational and a once in a lifetime experience over Spring Break. The trips were sponsored by the Art History department and the Manhattanville Chorus.
The 18 women in the chorus travelled to Rome to perform at the House of Palestrina. It was the first time since 1976 that the Chorus as had this opportunity. The Art History department took 20 students through the beautiful city, visiting some of Rome's most noted locations.
"I enjoyed my time in Rome immensely," said Amy Novak '12, who travelled with the art history group. "The study trips are a great way to experience the culture of a city in a short amount of time. It is a truly invaluable experience to travel to see works of art with your professors."
Both groups visited sites like the Vatican and Sistine Chapel to explore the heart of the wonderful city and to learn about the city artistically in the arts and music.
The Art History department began offering study trips fifteen years ago and the first trip was to Florence. Every year they alternate cities; last year they went to Venice. The purpose of the trip is to have a highly structured art history class on site. The trip fulfills a fine arts requirement for students. The trip includes site visits and presentations on ancient civilization and culture through the Renaissance and Baroque.
The choir tour combined two performances along with visits to cultural sites such as the Palestrina Museum in Palestrina, the ruins is Ostia Antica, and a visit to the Academia Santa Caecilia, the premier music conservatory in Italy. They had a daylong tour of the Vatican museums. The choir also performed in Rome and recorded a CD due to come out later this year. The performances included Vivaldi's Gloria as well as some Italian Renaissance Motets.
"It was truly an unforgettable experience in many ways. Throughout this journey, all eighteen of us grew as a woman's choir, which was evident by our performances," said Leslie Gonzales '12. "This trip was both educational in the arts, and functioned as a motivation for students to see beyond their domestic borders."