From Los Angeles to the Bay area to Hong Kong to Beijing... it's hard to know what day or time it is yet. However, I made it in one piece and am honored to be participating in the 12th China International Chorus Festival and the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) World Youth Education Conference. So far, the big "I don't think we're in Kansas anymore" moment was seeing the painting of Mao in Tiananmen Square on our way to opening ceremony at the Great Hall of the People.

University of Southern California (USC) Chamber Singers singing an arrangement of "Pure Imagination" from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Opening Ceremony, the Great Hall of the People)

Tiananmen Square

I am very excited to meet so many fine musicians from around the world and hope to teach others at least half as much as I think I will learn. I am so proud of USC. The Chamber Singers performed in the opening ceremony last night and will be giving a concert both here and in Seoul this week. It makes me think back to our Asia tour in 2006 - an unforgettable experience.