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DCS UPDATE: Come for the Party, Stay for the Singing!

Here’s another super important update about our upcoming rehearsal weekend as well as more details as they’re coming into focus for the trip.


I already published this, but I’ll put it here again so you’re all tracking!

Friday, May 31: 7:00 – 10:00 pm

Saturday June 1: 9:00 am – 11:45 am // LUNCH-SECTIONALS // 2:30 -5:15 pm

Sunday, June 2: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm // LUNCH // 1:30 – 3:30 pm // 5:30 pm call time at St. Helena Church.

All rehearsals will be in AED 118

EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE AT EVERY REHEARSAL REGARDLESS OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT MIGHT PROHIBIT YOU FROM THAT! But if you’ve already indicated that you’re going to miss a rehearsal section, or all your step-parents happen to be getting married on that Friday night, please advise Rachel ASAP ( so she can be keeping track. We have A LOT of work to do.


Our new home is almost finished (pictured above), though we are still lacking a few important things like toilets and electricity. I’m pretty sure most of that will be solved by June 1 so we are moving forward with plans to host the choir on our new deck on Saturday evening. Rachel and Amy are working on coordinating details, but I’ll be providing burgers and sausages on the grill while you’all get to bring additional goodies to share. Be on the lookout for additional posts from the staff about that.


Amy just updated the REPERTOIRE PAGE. In addition to the new Spiritual set, there are a couple wild cards in there, including a piece we’ll sing at the concert with the choir from New Zealand, and a brand new piece by Tom Lavoy that we’ve agreed to record for him so he can have a good demo recording. Make sure your folder is up-to-date!


I’m simply lifting this from the last post so you know what to worry about the most:

I know a lot of people are freaking out about memorization for the May/June weekend.

Let’s be real about this… The Spiritual set MUST be memorized by the Sunday evening concert (NEW TIME: 6:30 pm) if we’re going to make that set work. I would add to that the Lavoy, the Rütti, and Leonardo as well, as those pieces simply won’t work if you’re not completely out of your scores.

ALL FOUR COMPETITION PROGRAMS WILL NEED TO BE MEMORIZED BY THE TIME YOU GET TO NAPA! I am striving to do the same, despite my aging neuropaths that are resistant to such.


There are two Google forms you need to fill out.

The first one involves an effort to get you acquainted with one another. Even if you’re not keen on party games, you really need to participate in this one!

The second one is a bit easier.

We want to buy you dinner the first night in Napa, but we need to know what you want to/can eat.


During our time in Auckland, many of you will want to take advantage of the varied activities available in the area. In case you aren’t someone who researches these activities on your own, here are some ideas to get your brain kicked into gear. It is worth noting that the tours by companies that are locally owned will be charged in NZD, not USD. With a 1 NZD to 0.61 USD conversion rate, a ticket to the Sky Tower listed as $37 is actually $22.55 USD.

  • Sky Tower – Panoramic views of Auckland, Orbit 360 Dining, Sky Bar, SkyJump & SkyWalk, Yoga in the sky, and more!
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Auckland Explorer Bus – A great way to see the city! The bus has two loops that make stops at some of the city’s most popular attractions, including Sky Tower, Weta Workshop Experience, All Blacks Experience, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland Art Gallery, Mt. Eden, Auckland Zoo, and more.
  • Mt. Eden Hike – Mt. Eden is Auckland’s highest volcanic cone. The summit, 3 miles away from downtown, provides beautiful views of the city.
  • The All Blacks Experience – This attraction tells the story of the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team, giving participants a chance to work together as a team through a full sensory experience. Gain insight into Kiwi culture and Maori art while competing with other visitors. No rugby experience required.
  • Wētā Workshop Unleashed – Explore an immersive film set journey!
  • Walking tours – you can find walking tours in a variety of places including Viator (Food Tour), Tours By Locals (a favorite site of Paul and Carol), Auckland Free Walking Tours, and I’m Free Walking Tours. Please tip your guides, especially on the free tours!
  • Hobbiton – Brave enough to drive? Split the cost of a rental car and take a day trip out to Hobbiton, the set of Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. Day tours with transportation can be booked on Viator or GetYourGuide.
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves – Marvel and the beauty of luminescent light from Waitomo’s glowworms and you take a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto. Similar to Hobbiton, you could rent a car or book a tour that includes transportation from Auckland. Tours can be booked on Viator or GetYourGuide.
  • Waiheke Island – Home to a myriad of New Zealand wineries, Waiheke Island is a 40-minute ferry ride away from downtown Auckland. Once on the island, you can hike, rent a bike, take a public bus, hire a taxi, or rent a car to explore the beauty and to taste the wine. Please drink responsibly!

This is not even a fraction of what you can do to explore, but hopefully this gives you an overview. Interested in doing some of these activities but aren’t sure who else wants to do them too? Add your name to the DCS New Zealand Activities spreadsheet under whatever activity interests you. Feel free to add more columns for activities not listed here. This will help you join a group!


Thank you for reading all of that! I will now leave you with a video of the Māori All Blacks performing their traditional haka before their match against Ireland. It does not disappoint! CLICK HERE!


7 thoughts on “DCS UPDATE: Come for the Party, Stay for the Singing!”

  1. Hi! Thanks for sending this update! yay!
    Just so I understand, the rep we are adding is:
    I Believe this is Jesus, Moore
    We Shall Walk Through the Valley, Garrett
    Te Taukaea (Breathing in/out), McGlashan/Mereraiha
    How Can I Keep From Singing (we had this for the 2nd rehearsal), Podd
    I Am, the song of Amergin, LaVoy
    A Te Tarahiki, Stewart

    And also to confirm: we are dropping My God Is a Rock. Any others? Can you please give us the titles for Spirituals set again (for memorization)?

    Thank you!!

  2. Can someone clarify the following –

    1) Is My God is a Rock (Gibbs) cut or not? It is not in the new spiritual set folder, but IS on the repertoire page.

    2) Is My Lord, What a Mourning (Dawson) cut?

    3) Is I’ve Been In the Storm (Ames) cut now that the Harley-Emerson arrangement is in?

    1. Hey Lucas,

      1. My God is a Rock is out of the competition set, but we’ll sing it for the exhibition concert at the beginning of the festival – off book.
      2. My Lord (Dawson) is out.
      3. Been in the Storm (Ames) is out. Replaced by Been in the Storm Harley-Emerson.

      See you this weekend. 🙂


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