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Former Morgan State Music Major wins International Vocal Competition

Issachach Savage wins International Vocal Competition

Former Morgan State University Music Major and choir member Issachah Savage just won all four prizes in The International Wagner Vocal Competition.  Issachah won the First place prize, the Orchestra’s choice, the Audience’s choice, and the Speight Jenkins Award which is a featured appearance in a special concert full of famous opera celebrities.  Issachah happened to win this award on ... Read More »

Camp Counselor Forges Lasting Bonds

Harrison West

Harrison West, a 2014 Morgan State Psychology Graduate, was recently featured in the Washington Post. Mr. West is recognized for his 7-year service as a program assistant and mentor for young boys at Camp Moss Hollow located in Fauquier County,VA. Mr. West was the President of the Morgan State Chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology and ... Read More »

MSU Choir Middle East Tour – Day 11

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Day 11 – Back to Dubai Today we drove back to Dubai for our flight home, departing the hotel at 2:00 AM for a 5:30 AM flight on May 30 (remember we are eight hours ahead of you). We reluctantly left our City Seasons hotel in Abu Dhabi (as this was our best accommodation on the tour).  We had a pleasant hour and a ... Read More »

MSU Choir Middle East Tour – Day 10

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Today was a good day. Quite like Oman, we have two very fine guides for the country of the United Arab Emirates. Given that we have two buses on this tour, one for the choir and one for the “shadow group,” one guide is assigned to each group. After a very exhausting Carmina Burana performance on last night, the group ... Read More »

MSU Choir Middle East Tour – Day 9

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Travel Day to Abu Dhabi We left our Dubai hotel of two days – Hotel CityMax – at 9:30AM for an hour and a half drive to Abu Dhabi. On the way to Abu Dhabi, we stopped to take photos of the most luxurious hotel in the world—the Burj Al Arab! Some felt compelled to touch the water at the ... Read More »

MSU Choir Middle East Tour – Day 8

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Day 8 in Dubai: Today’s post will have more photos than narrative, as there was so much to see and share, and it is late.  This morning, we visited another mosque: The Jumeriah Mosque – a magnificent example of modern Islamic architecture.  The reason for another visit to a mosque was the presentation of local culture and customs given by ... Read More »

MSU Choir Middle East Tour – Day 7

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Day 7 in Dubai, UAE: Today, we traveled from Muscat, Oman to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.).  This was a seven-hour drive by bus, but quite enlightening to see the terrain of a foreign country.  Earlier you may have read about Muscat being in a volcanic bowl, thus all the mountains around the city.  The actual name for the volcanic ... Read More »

MSU Choir Middle East Tour – Day 6

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Day 6 of Middle East Tour: On day six, we received the biggest dose of Islamic culture.  We visited an Omani Mosque.  A mosque is a place of worship for followers of Islam.  This was a place where we wanted to be the most careful to be considerate of the etiquette in visiting another culture’s house of worship.  Women were ... Read More »

MSU Choir Middle East Tour – Day 5

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Day 5 in Middle East Tour Given our extreme travel day of yesterday (waking-up at 3:30 AM, traveling to a different country, and then performing two concerts) we asked our guide if we could amend the schedule.  Originally, the schedule had a 2-and-a-half hour drive to Nizwa, the birthplace of Islam in the Sultanate of Oman, and site of a famous ... Read More »

MSU Choir Middle East Tour – Day 4

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Day 4 – Travel from Doha, Qatar to Muscat, Oman. Today we all received a wake-up call at 3:30 AM – OUCH!!!  Breakfast was scheduled for 4:00 AM.  We were scheduled to leave the hotel at 5:00 AM.  Well, we did not accomplish this feat, but left shortly thereafter.  We arrived to the Doha airport in time for a 7:30 AM flight.  The flight to ... Read More »