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DearParents,

Wehadawonderfultourthisweekend!Yourstudentssangsobeautifully!Itwasagreatexperiencetohear
themsingatretirementcentersandschools,toattendanamazingproductionattheHaleTheatre,andtosing
andexploretheamazingacousticsatthestateCapitolbuilding.Wemadesomemanygreatmemoriesonthis
trip!YourchildrenareamazingandIamsoblessedtobetheirteacher!
IwantedtosendanemailtoexplainourpresenceattheCapitolBuilding.Wevisitedthatbuildingtoappreciate
thehistoricbuilding,andespeciallytosingthere.Weexploredtheacousticsofthebuildingforaboutan
hour...experimentingbystandingindifferentpartsofthebuilding,singingmuchofourchoirliterature,and
listeningtotheawesomeechoandresonanceofthebuilding.Itwassomagicalandlifechanging.The
studentslovedeveryminuteofthatmagicalmusicalexperience.Aswewereleaving,somepeopleonthe
Capitolstepsaskedmeifwewouldsingthenationalanthemforthem.Ididn'treallyknowwhotheywere,butI
thoughtthattheymightbepromotingtheUtahconstitutionbecausesomeonehandedmeacopyofit.Wehad
somebriefconversationamongthemomsthatwerechaperoningandwejustthoughtitwasanicethingtodo
tosingthenationalanthemwhenasked,sowequicklysangit,andthenleft.Wewerenotpresentforany
portionofaprogramthatapparentlyhappenedafterweleft.Itturnsoutthatitwasarallyfor++++++something
verycontroversial.Ididnthaveanyideawhatthisgatheringwasabout.Thisafternoon,however,Principal
Swensoncontactedmeaboutreceivingalargenumberofemailsfrompeoplewhowereupsetoverour
perceivedparticipationandsupportofthisgroup.OursolereasonforgoingtotheCapitolbuildingthatdaywas
musical.Theotherparentchaperonescanalsobewitnessesastoourpurposeandactivitiesthere.Iwasjust
(probablynaively)tryingtobehelpfulwhenIagreedtosingthenationalanthemanddidnotseethatasan
expressionofsupportofforanyparticularcauseorparty.Idonotsupportthisgroup,andwouldnevertryto
includeanykindofpoliticalagendainmyclassroomorcurriculum.Iassureyouthattherewasnointeraction
betweenourSkyViewstudentsandthegroupthatwasthere.
IhavedefinitelylearnedthatIshouldhaveaskedmorequestionsbeforeagreeingtosingforthem,andthatit
wouldhavebeenbetterfindoutwhothepeopleattherallywerebeforeagreeingtosing.Iapologizefornot
thinkingthisthroughthoroughly.
Theremaybesomepressaboutthesituation.Ijustwantyoutoknowexactlywhathappened,thatourpurpose
andintentionwereinnocent,andIapologizeforthesituation,asgoodasmyintentionswere.
Wereallydidhaveawonderfultour!Iwilltreasurethemusicalmemorieswiththosekids.Ihopethatthiswill
notplaceacloudonthosewonderfulmemoriesforthestudents.
Ifyouhaveanyquestions,pleasedonothesitatetocalloremail.
Sincerely,
KarenTeuscher