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Every year, the Choir goes on a spring tour, enabling us to take the message of Jesus Christ to communities across the country and the globe. This annual ministry allows us to share the love of Christ through song in elementary and high schools, daycares, homeless shelters, prisons, nursing homes, churches, and more. This year, we will be going to San Juan and Ponce, Puerto Rico!

Look below for a brief recap of our most recent tours. And, remember to keep us in your prayers as we continue to pursue this awesome ministry each year! :)

We also want to send out a special thank you to all the churches and families, universities, Yale Club members, and other venues, that worked hard to ensure that we had wonderful engagements, housing, food, and fellowship during each tour. You have truly blessed us and touched us in a precious way!

Spring 2012. This year, YGC had the amazing opportunity to tour Brazil in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. We performed at different international schools and churches. We even had the amazing experience of singing Total Praise with the choir of IASD Capão Redondo! Over the course of the tour, choir grew not only closer to one another, but also to Jesus. It was truly amazing to see this transformation and to realize that through God, we can connect with people of any culture or language.

Left: YGC with IASD Capão Redondo gospel choir

Spring 2011. This year, YGC toured around southern California in Pasadena and San Diego. We performed at members' former high schools, a Ronald McDonald House, and West Angeles Church of God in Christ. We also had the oppportunity to meet with high school seniors and talk about Yale. At the end of tour, we put on a short show for the families who were generous enough to provide us with free hosting.

Left: YGC members at Mayfield Senior School

Spring 2010. This year, YGC toured Delhi, India. We performed at schools, churches, orphanages, and even a shopping mall. Our tour featured a day trip to Agra where we saw the breathtaking Taj Mahal. The people we met were incredibly welcoming and open to the new kind of music we brought them. In Delhi, we visited the historic Red Fort and Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi's memorial. This year's journey was a spiritual one that allowed us to appreciate the beauty of another culture and understand more about our own.

Left: YGC members at the Taj Mahal

Spring 2009. This year, we traveled to Cleveland, OH and Chicago, IL. In Cleveland we we stayed with host families and sang at the home churches of members Elysa and Robbie as well as a school, a retirement home, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. While in Chicago we sang at the University of Chicago, various churches, and at the Chicago Temple with other Yale groups. We also got in our fair share of site-seeing and rambunctious fellowship on this truly God-blessed tour. Click here to see the itinerary of where we were.

Left: YGC members at Church of the Saviour in Cleveland Hts.

Spring 2008. This year, we traveled to Kingston, Jamaica. On our second international tour we sang at various churches and schools in Kingston and around Jamaica. We took in some of the amazing sites, enjoyed the warm weather, bonded over games of Mafia, and ate an overload of festival.

Left: YGC members on a coffee plantation in the Blue Mountains

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Spring 2007. This year, we traveled to San Antonio, Texas. We were invited by a YGC alumna, Ivy Taylor, to tour the area. We sang at a variety of places including churches, a juvenile detention center, and a convent retirement home. YGC enjoyed the warm weather and ate more food than they could dream of. All in all, it was an amazing tour full of fellowhsip, discipleship and evangelism.

Left: YGC members singing outside an apartment complex

Spring 2006. This year, we traveled to Capetown in South Africa. This was our first international tour, and it was a blessing to mix and mingle with our brothers and sisters in Capetown. While singing at churches, a prison, schools, universities, and towns, members were inspired by the many interactions, and many times left with changed hearts. Highlights of the trip include the tour of Robbin's Island, where Nelson Mandela was held, going into the community of Khayelitsha and ministering to the residents, shopping at a local market place, tasting local cuisine, and the braai (barbecue) hosted by a Yale alum. Despite the challenges of going to another country, South Africa was truly a spiritually fulfilling tour.

Left: YGC members arriving at Pneumatix in Capetown, South Africa on the Spring 2006 Tour

Spring 2005. This year, we toured around northern California. While we stayed mainly in San Francisco and Oakland, we were also able to sing in Santa Cruz and Hayward. Our venues included: churches, a veteran's hospital, a homeless shelter, a minimum security prison, a high school, and an elementary school. Highlights of this trip included: singing at the East Oakland Youth Development Center, appearing on the Oakland local news, singing for the Yale Club of San Francisco, singing at the University of San Francisco and at Patten University, walking the Golden Gate Bridge, touring Fisherman's Wharf, and going to Erin's house (choir member). Special thanks to the Dress Family, the members of Calvary Presbyterian Church, USF, PU, and the Yale Club of San Francisco.

Left: YGC members, with their host mother, in a local park in San Francisco, CA

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Spring 2004. This year, we toured around Nashville, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia; and Ashville, NC. As always, we were blessed by all the people we met in churches, convalescent homes, a children's home, a juvenile detention center, a high school, a daycare, and an elementary school. Highlights of this trip included: singing at a national basketball tournament, appearing on the Nashville local news, being pictured in a Nashville local newspaper, and going to Kerry's house (choir member).

Left: YGC members in Downtown Nashville, TN

Spring 2003. This year, we toured in southern California. While we did stay mainly in the Rialto area, we also visited places like Irvine, CA. We sang at a variety of venues, including churches, convalescent homes, a women's prison, a daycare center, a high school, and an elementary school. Highlights of this trip included: singing on The Price is Right, Billina (choir member) winning the Price is Right final showcase, meeting Courtney Vance and Angela Bassett, shopping on Melrose, spending the night in a Marriott Hotel, and going to Eldred's house (choir member).

Left: YGC members in Santa Monica, CA

Spring 2002. This year, we toured around Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Indianapolis, IN; and Cleveland, OH. We had the privilege and pleasure of singing at churches, convalescent homes, high schools, and middle schools. Higlights of this trip included: the beginning of encouragements (small notes that we write to each other at the end of tour); a powerful, Spirit-filled final concert; and going to Krystle's house (choir member).

Left: YGC members in Cleveland, OH


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