Concert Tour of Ireland, Day 5: Dublin

Today marks the fifth day of the Kellogg Community College Choral Union’s Concert Tour of Ireland. Thirty-one individuals left for the country on July 4 as part of the tour’s entourage, including 21 members of the Choral Union.

Here is the group’s day five itinerary as provided by Gerald Blanchard, professor of vocal music at KCC and director of the college ensembles whose members make up the Choral Union, before the group departed:


“This morning we’ll make our way to St. Ann’s Church, where we’ll arrive by 9:45 a.m. This centrally-located church dates back to 1712. We’ll sing before and during the 11:15 a.m. worship service. Following the service and time for an independent lunch, a visit is planned to Trinity College Library for an opportunity to see the exquisite Book of Kells. After this visit, the remainder of the day will be at leisure for independent exploration. Our coach will transfer us back to the hotel after time for our independent dinner.”

According to news from the Kellogg Choirs blog regularly updated by Blanchard, due to the time difference between Michigan and Ireland much of the above has already occurred. An update following the morning’s concert at St. Ann’s is titled “Another successful performance” and reads:

“The choir gave a wonderful performance today. We were honored to meet the descendants of Bram Stoker, as they were in attendance at the concert. Now we are off to see the great Book of Kells at Trinity College. What a wonderful trip this has been thus far. … P.S. We have had several folks from the states identify themselves, including four from Battle Creek, Michigan!”

Click here to view the website for St. Ann’s Church, click here to view a photo of KCC choir members standing with Bram Stoker’s great-grandson, click here to view images of Trinity College Library, and click here for information about the Book of Kells.

To follow news about the Choral Union as they continue on their Concert Tour of Ireland through July 10, continue to watch this blog for updates or check out our Facebook page and our Twitter feed. Blanchard also posts updates on the Kellogg Choirs blog at, as well as in his personal Twitter feed at