WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- It's not an average sound check for the Missouri State Chorale. They’re putting the final touches on a performance they won’t soon forget.
“This is such an amazing opportunity," said chorale member Robert Gibson.
That opportunity -- to sing in front of our new president, Washington, and the world.
The chorale found out last October they would represent their university and the State of Missouri on this national stage.
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) is chair of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies and gave the students a pep talk.
“It was the easiest ‘yes’ I gave in the whole process, once I saw the quality of what they were doing and the capacity they bring here. And it’s an important Missouri addition to what happens today," said Blunt.
The chorale is performing right under the Capitol dome, and the students have quite a view. They’re able to see down the National Mall, all the way to the Washington Monument, Pennsylvania Avenue towards the White House, and the new president himself giving his inaugural speech.
“Just seeing the view after rehearsing is just mind-blowing right now," said Gibson.
The group is singing an original song, called “Now We Belong,” composed by John Wykoff of Tennessee.
“It’s an incredible message to share with our country – taking us through a bit of history through the nature of the text and finally coming together with its final words, ‘feed longing, feed love,'" explained LaBarr.