Singing the Praises of Wisconsin Choir
Exchange student from Latvia meets the governor of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers

Plus, Latvian meets the governor

Before coming to the U.S., the main thing I wanted to experience in school was choir. It had always been my passion, and I had heard about all the opportunities that this field offers in an American high school. I was certainly very lucky that my school turned out to have great programs. In the first few weeks, I joined Chorale, Madrigals, and Spartonettes (a singing group for girls) and insured that in the second semester, I would have the opportunity to study music technology. 

I met my choir teacher and introduced myself. I told her that I am an exchange student from Latvia and she started smiling. It had turned out that she had chosen a Latvian song for this year, to learn with the choir, without even knowing that I was coming. It was a wonderful miracle! 

I met my choir teacher and introduced myself. I told her that I am an exchange student from Latvia and she started smiling. It had turned out that she had chosen a Latvian song for this year, to learn with the choir, without even knowing that I was coming. It was a wonderful miracle! 

Since then, almost five months have passed, and I can truly say that I’ve experienced the best moments in my 18 years of life. My choir was invited to the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association conference for the first time in the history of the school. It was an honor being able to sing amongst the most talented choirs in Wisconsin. The ovations we got from the Wisconsin Chorale Director Committee were such an honor. There was a lot of praise for the Latvian song. 

This past week, we sang at the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) conference in Milwaukee, right before Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers’ speech. We got to meet him and exchange a few words. I even got to shake his hand.

Overall, I am beyond happy with how my choir experience has gone so far. The next big thing for us is a New York trip. It will be an opportunity of a lifetime!

—Tina (FLEX, Latvia), hosted by the Wruck family (WI)