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Senior Recalls Experience in Vienna Boys Choir

Senior Recalls Experience in Vienna Boys Choir

November 13, 2010

87842November 13, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — "In December 2001, two West Chester Township boys, Ryan Slone, then 11, and Donald Smith, then 13, became the second and third U.S. citizens to join the world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir," begins a Cincinnati Enquirer story which notes that Smith, now 22 and a college senior, is "majoring in musical arts and German at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind." (at left: a 2003 photo of Smith)

The newspaper asks Smith how his experience in the choir affected his life.  He responds, "I did go into music when I went to college. I found that after my Vienna Boys Choir days, I was much better at sight-reading and I had a better understanding of music theory ... What I learned in Vienna has much to do with the respect of culture and the ability to be professional in a high-class setting."

Access the article -- headlined "Vienna Boys Choir alums reflect" -- by clicking here.