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MSU Choir Middle East Tour – Day 7

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 …

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MSU Choir Middle East Tour – Day 6

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 …

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MSU Choir Middle East Tour – Day 5

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 …

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MSU Choir Middle East Tour – Day 4

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 …

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MSU Choir Middle East Tour – Day 3

Day 3 in Doha, Qatar, We left the hotel this morning for a day of sightseeing of attractions in Doha, Qatar.  Our first stop was a point on the waterfront where tourists could take photos of the “new city” of Doha. The skyline was as full as many larger cities in the United States.  Everyone got off of the buses …

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MSU Choir Middle East Tour – Day 1 & 2

The Morgan State University Choir left Washington Dulles airport 10:15 on Sunday, May 18, 2014. We arrived to the airport early enough that we could leisurely go to the gate of departure. The flight time was about 12 1/2 hours from Washington Dulles which spanned seven time zones.  After a brief period clearing customs as well as purchasing visas for …

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Morgan State Choir to Perform at Nelson Mandela National Memorial

The Morgan State University Choir will honor the memory of global statesman and activist Nelson Mandela on Wednesday, December 11 at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. beginning at 10:00 a.m. The choir will formally open the memorial service for the former South African president, who captured international acclaim for his role in the anti-apartheid movement which led to a …

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MSU Choir Australian Tour Blog – Day 10

Well, we have come to the last day of our Australian tour, a travel day back to the good old U. S. of A. The plane was to leave at 7:30 AM, however two choir members were still in the bed at 7:30. This delayed us about 25 minutes, which was not a great start to the day. We had …

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MSU Choir Australian Tour Blog – Day 9

This will be our last remaining complete day in Australia! Our morning is somewhat free to do as we please, with the last group lunch at 12:30PM. Many of us were once again trying to get those last minute souvenirs of Australia. Melbourne has a relatively small center city area. Given that our hotel was in the center of town, …

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