Road trips are important for choirs, according to Susan Marchant, director of choral activities. The trips raise the visibility of the university and the Music Department and serve as an important recruiting tool. Some trips, Marchant said, can have a profound impact on the students in the choir.

That was the case for students who went to Ireland in 2010 for the choirs’ major biennial tour.

“I will never forget this trip,” said Josh Donaldson, a junior from Girard, Kan., “especially since it was completely focused on what I love to do most, sing.”

The students sang on six occasions throughout the week, including a special St. Patrick’s Day Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Kilkenny.