Phoenix Boys Choir group leaves for a 3-week tour across Europe

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PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Boys Choir left Thursday morning for a seven-country, 13-city tour through Europe.

Before leaving, they gave travelers at Sky Harbor Airport's Terminal 3 quite a treat. At about 6 a.m., they performed a few songs before heading through security.

"They are gone for three weeks now. We are flying to Munich today, then on to the Balkan states,” explained Georg Stangelberger, the artistic director with the Phoenix Boys Choir.

“I’m probably most excited about the trip itself, and going the places I'm going to go," said Adam Shea, a member Phoenix Boys Choir Tour Choir. "It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

Along with the excitement, there were a few tears, mostly from the parents.

"Of course we'll miss him, but we know he's going to come back a better person because he's had this experience. We are really excited for him," gushed Barbara Shea, Adam’s mom.

The 32 members of the Phoenix Boys Choir Tour Choir departed just after 7 a.m. Thursday.

Their international tour includes performances in Austria, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy and Germany.

Each summer, the Tour Choir, the top choir within the Phoenix Boys Choir, travels on a two- or three-week domestic or international tour to introduce the boys to new cultures and enhance their self-responsibility.   

To find out more about the Phoenix Boys Choir, visit. www.BoysChoir.org.