32 La Jolla Country Day School students spend week in Spain

Thirty-two students from La Jolla Country Day School recently spent a week in Spain, performing music and visiting arts venues as part of a cultural exchange with the British Council School in Madrid.

The student choir, made up of performers from the school’s elite Women’s and Madrigal ensembles, performed six concerts during the trip, including a concert at the famed 14th century Cathedral of St. Tomas in Avila.

“It was a magical experience for the students and for us all,’' said Barbara Weinstein, Country Day’s director of Visual and Performing Arts who, with choir director Jennifer Boyum, accompanied the students on the trip. “Our hosts couldn’t have been more accommodating, and hearing our students’ voices in one of the oldest churches in Europe was a defining moment as artists and educators.’'

The trip was arranged through an alliance with the British Council School and hosted by teacher Timothy Jones.

The visit to Spain is part of Country Day’s effort to extend its educational opportunities beyond its campus borders. Each year, students throughout the school spend time with teachers away from classrooms, conducting experiential education efforts. Trips this year have included traveling to the California mountains to study global warming, working in a food shelter warehouse, and working with an orphanage in the Dominican Republic.