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PHS Concert Choir leaves for Russia!

Way back in November, I wrote about the Puyallup High School Concert Choir and their plans for a historic trip to Vladimir, Russia. At that time, they were still gearing up for the trip, doing lots of concerts and raising money to fund the tour. Now, seven months since the school year started, they are embarking on their amazing journey! They fly out TODAY from SeaTac Airport for a double-digit hour plane ride.

I am so excited for them (and for my dad, the director of the choir) as they have this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

I actually get a lot of hits on my blog searching for the PHS Choir Russia Tour, so I thought I’d give an update. They have a full website dedicated to the Russia Tour, which you can find here:


It has lots of info – their full tour schedule, photos, videos, a blog, an interactive forum, and more. Please check it out!!


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Goodnight, November

I don’t know about you, but my Thanksgiving week was all I could have hoped for. It was a time to relax, while at the same time, run around like crazy: baking pies, driving all over the place, hanging out with family and friends, not to mention feasting and fun games of Apples To Apples (my youngest cousin’s favorite game – she’s 9).

So, quick updates from last week –

The PHS Choir Russia-Tour benefit concert was a huge success (in my opinion). The Concert Choir and Norselanders put on a 2-hour show. SO impressive! Most of the pieces were a cappella (i.e. no accompaniment), all the music was totally memorized, and every song was fantastic! It made me very proud to be a PHS choir alum.

PHS Choir with Director Mr. Guenther

Some of my favorite moments from the evening were Norselanders doing an arrangement of the Postal Service song “Such Great Heights” (so awesome!), a Billy Joel song that was just beautiful (“And So It Goes”), and some of my favorite pieces from when I was in Concert Choir – “How Can I Keep From Singing” and “Praise His Holy Name.”


During the week, I worked lightly on a few crafty and wedding-related projects, some of which I’ll get to later this week…


Wednesday night, M and I went to his parents’ house for a pre-Thanksgiving dinner which was lovely! We’re going to have to start doing this whole “share holidays with both families” from now on. 🙂

Thanksgiving Table

On Thanksgiving Day, M and I made our way south to my parents’ house, which was filled with family – my grandparents, my uncle with his wife & my three lovely cousins from the Portland area, my older brother, and then M & me.
In true Guenther tradition, we had happy hour around 2:00 with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. We even got a few games of poker (small change only, of course), something we used to do all the time as kids at Grampa’s house.
Dinner was fabulous, and it was so great to spend time with family!


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Lots of events coming up this weekend! I’m going to be one busy bee 🙂

First off, the Shoreline Holiday Crafts Market is on Saturday, and it’s sure to be a great time.

I can’t wait to see what other folks are selling, and of course, I hope people like what I have to offer! (Really, Kimi’s and my booth is going to be fantastic!) And there’s nothing like a craft fair to get you in the holiday spirit, plus they’ll have hourly door prizes. So please, if you’re in the Shoreline, north Seattle area, come check this out!

The other big event that I’m attending is the PHS Choir To Russia with Love concert at the Puyallup High School auditorium. As I mentioned in this post, the choir is travelling to Russia over spring break, and they need all the support they can get. The concert is guaranteed to be very entertaining, and you’ll be helping them in their travel goal by attending. Give these kids an experience of a lifetime! For all the details on the concert, check out my other post!

On a more personal note, my wonderful grandparents are flying out from Wisconsin this weekend and will celebrate Thanksgiving with the West Coasters. We’re so excited to have them visit! I’m really looking forward to spending time with them next week, because really, every moment is precious.

I’ll be signing off for the week to gear up for this weekend. Wish me luck, and I’ll be sure to have lots of pictures from the weekend to share on Monday!


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PHS Choir Goes To Russia

**For an update on the Russia Trip, check out this post!**

People who know me well are aware of my choir roots – from elementary school through to college (and after) I have been a choir geek. I just have a need to sing, and music has been a defining element of my character. I’ve had my fair share of choir directors – all different, and each with something unique to pass on to their choir members.

In high school, I was a proud member of the select girls’ choir Valkyries my Sophomore year, and I was an equally proud member of the PHS Concert Choir my Junior and Senior years. Sophomore year was especially memorable, because the Valkyries traveled to New York City for a tour and choral festival. I know first hand how traveling, especially when young, can have such an influence and impact on a person.

This brings me to my topic today: The Puyallup High School Concert Choir is going to RUSSIA!

That’s right, none of this staying in the United States business. This is the trip of a lifetime for these kids!

You may ask, why on earth did they decide to do a Russian choir tour?? Well, last school year, a young choral group from Russia, called the Vladimir Girls Choir, did a tour of the Northwest, and at one stop paired up with the PHS choral program, putting on a fantastic performance in the PHS auditorium. The Russian students spent the night with student host families, and to the Puyallup kids’ surprise – “they’re just like us!”

Since that event, PHS choir director (yes, my father ^_^) George Guenther has worked tirelessly to coordinate a historic trip for the choir students of Puyallup and further develop this special relationship with their international friends in music and culture! Their trip is scheduled for Spring Break 2010.

Coming up this month, the Puyallup High School Concert Choir and Norselanders Jazz Choir will be putting on a benefit concert to raise money for their historic trip.

Sunday, November 22nd
3:00 pm
Puyallup High School Auditorium
Tickets: $15.00

ALL proceeds benefit the choir in their trip to Russia.
(Tickets can be bought at the door, and there will be a reception with cookies after the concert! woo hoo!)

For a taste of how talented these students are, here is a video from May 2009. Don’t they deserve to see the world and share music with others?

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