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ETX choir takes gospel music tradition to Japan

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JAPAN (KLTV) - The Wiley College A Cappella Choir from Marshall spent the weekend in Hiroshima, Japan. This was the choir's first trip abroad for the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities Conference. 

""I've never traveled across the ocean so it's been a great experience for me," says Wiley senior Alicia Amos. Amos and 19 other students made the trip to Japan on Friday. They are using their school's rich gospel music tradition to connect with other students and build an appreciation for different cultures all over the world. 

"Being in Japan and getting to meet all of the different people from all of the different countries, and all of the different ethnicities is really amazing," Amos says. 

The East Texas students are also spending time with elementary school students in Hiroshima. They participated in a peace and cultural exchange event and took pictures and videos with the Japanese students. 

"I'll have some great stories to tell," says Amos. Amos and her colleagues say they are honored to perform on an international stage. They hope this is just the beginning of new friendships forged through ministry and music. 

The theme of the conference in Japan is "Peace, Reconciliation, and Human Rights." The Wiley College A Cappella group is finishing up their trip with a performance Thursday night in Tokyo. 

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