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Vinton-Shellsburg Choir sings in Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Vinton-Shellsburg Choir sings in Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City

NEW YORK – Casey Funk found the 19-hour bus ride from the The Heartland of America to The Big Apple kind of boring.

Well, extremely boring.

“But, as soon as I saw the New York skyline, my attitude complete changed,” said Funk, son of Jeff and Monica Funk.

Funk and 69 students and chaperones Vinton-Shellsburg Music Department traveled to New York City to see the sites and learn during studio worships. Choir members also performed at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

They return on Saturday after departing on Monday.

Laurie Ortner, whose son, Brock, is among the students, is supplying an update and photos of the trip. Funk and others also are giving their perspectives.

Here’s Ortner’s perspective for Wednesday morning.

“Day 2: NYC stopped at Grant’s Tomb for a group shoot before heading to cathedral. St. John the Devine. The choir performed a few songs.

Then students and adults were able to walking around the cathedral before leaving on busses for Times Square.”

Like many newcomers to New York City, Funk was struck by its size and its diversity.

“I was in awe of just how big everything is here,” said Funk, who lives in a community where the biggest structure is a gain elevator.

“Yesterday, we had a few hours to walk around Rockefeller Plaza and up and down 5th Avenue.”

At Radio City Music Hall, which was “awesome.”

“Rehearsals for the Tony Awards rehearsals were underway and the students from Iowa had a sneak peek during their tour.

“James Corden was in the building too, which was insane. (The students did not have the opportunity to see The Late Late Night Show host.)

“It was a really great first day, and I was completely in awe of how many people are here and all the different cultures you see around the city.”

For lunch, they dined at Ellen’s Stardust Cafe.

The afternoon includes taking Manhattan’s movie and television tour and attending a Broadway show.

For more photos see pages 10 and 11