July 9: An Hour-by-Hour Report

Jul 10, 2019

  • 7:45 a.m. Choir eats Sparta congregation’s stellar food
  • 8:32 a.m. Choir leaves monastery where they were staying–Evan Byler, OC member from MN, tunes into conversation on the bus about child education
  • 9:14 a.m. Byler stops socializing and takes a nap
  • 10:40 a.m. Byler takes another nap after short rest stop
  • 12:53 p.m. Byler looks over music after lunch stop at toll-road oasis
  • 1:13 p.m. BREAKING NEWS Tour bus blows a tire and pulls into crash investigation site
  • 1:23 p.m. Bus limps on
  • 1:55 p.m. Byler takes another nap (it’s hard work taking three naps on three different bus rides–really!)
  • 3:27 p.m. Choir arrives a little behind schedule at beautiful, A-frame venue–Church of the Holy Family
  • 5:05 p.m. Ladies rehearse standing position on the risers while men eat and change
  • 5:23 p.m. Unnamed choir member changes after supper because they still feel like a child that shouldn’t eat in their performance wear
  • 6:44 p.m. Director, Wendell Nisly, tells choir to walk in briskly come concert time
  • 6:51 p.m. Byler holds mini interview with Chuck Burkholder, 1st tenor from State College, PA, about the tire incident. “I thought possibly somebody hit us,” said Burkholder. “I had just woken up and was kind of foggy, and I wasn’t thinking straight.”
  • 8:35 p.m. OC receives standing ovation and sings an unrehearsed encore!
  • 8:48 p.m. Nevin Mast, OC sales associate, trips and scatters a pile of CDs all over the church foyer (this is fake news–it didn’t actually happen!)
  • 9:53 p.m. 87-year-old, male host feeds five hungry choir members salsa and chips in his Chicago suburb home
  • 10:57 p.m. Byler finishes blog report and shoots it over to Jason Martin, Superman of OC, aka General Manager