Upcoming 2020 Choral Events
Beethoven 250th Anniversary
June 6-11, 2020 | VIENNA, AUSTRIA
The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. From his early years in Bonn, Germany to his legendary achievements in Vienna, Austria, the musical center of 19th century Europe, Beethoven left an indelible mark that forever changed the landscape of classical music. Beethoven is considered the most frequently played classical composer and Vienna is the perfect place to celebrate the golden anniversary. Explore the sights and sounds of musical Europe and Beethoven’s past as you follow in the footsteps of the most influential composer of the late Classical/early Romantic era. The combined Festival Chorus will rehearse and perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under the inspired direction of Dr. Jeffery Redding.
A Choral & Spiritual Retreat in Scotland
June 7-15, 2020 | IONA, SCOTLAND
Under the inspired leadership of composer, conductor, and teacher Tom Trenney, singers will spend five nights on the Isle of Iona reflecting, singing and exploring all the beauty that this unique retreat oasis has to offer. Culminating in a Hymn Festival at a glorious venue in Edinburgh, this journey will challenge and engage the heart and mind of every participant and create profound memories to last a lifetime.
Many Voices, One Song
June 13-18, 2020 | DUBLIN, IRELAND
Choral singing has had a long history of bringing people together to experience unity in song. From Gregorian chant to the Romantic part-song to contemporary a cappella music, people have come together to sing as a community. The “Many Voices, One Song” choral event in Dublin celebrates a wide range of choral music and gives ensembles the opportunity to perform traditional choral compositions and contemporary a cappella arrangements to an appreciative audience of music lovers. The Gala Concert allows for spotlight performances by select individual ensembles. Additionally, the combined Festival Chorus will rehearse and perform repertoire under the inspired direction of Artistic Directors Joshua Habermann, famed conductor of the Dallas Symphony Chorus and Santa Fe Desert Chorale and Deke Sharon, one of the foremost leaders in the contemporary a cappella movement.
Festival for Women’s & Treble Voices
June 17-22, 2020 | SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN
Join women’s and treble choral ensembles from across the U.S. under the direction of Dr. Andrea Ramsey in San Sebastian, Spain for a musical tapas from both continents. San Sebastian, famous for its beaches and gastronomy, is also home to some of Spain’s most respected choral composers and conductors. Dr. Ramsey will be joined by esteemed Basque Composers, Eva Ugalde and world-renowned Javier Busto. Collaborating with a Spanish Choir-in-Residence “Aquam Lauda Korua,” participating ensembles will have the opportunity for meaningful, educational and cultural immersion. Culminating with a gala concert in San Sebastian, this festival tour will challenge and engage the hearts and minds of every participant and create profound memories to last a lifetime.
Madrid Choral Festival
June 28-July 3, 2020 | MADRID, SPAIN
The Madrid Choral Festival will bring together ensembles of many generations under the inspired and able leadership of Dr. Derrick Fox. Singers will rehearse and perform repertoire by historic and contemporary composers of Spain, an extended work, and music from America including spirituals, gospel, folk and contemporary compositions. This festival will certainly be a total immersion experience into Spanish culture from music to architecture, history, food and language.
Great Basilicas of Italy
July 1-6, 2020 | ASSISI & ROME, ITALY
“Great Basilicas of Italy” celebrates the artistic heritage of two of Italy’s most important churches. A Gala Concert Performance (featuring John Rutter’s “Mass of the Children”) at the Basilica of San Francis of Assisi and participation in Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican will be a life-changing experience for singers from across the United States. Under the inspired leadership of Artistic Director Dr. Gene Peterson the multi-generational festival choir will perform repertoire that is significant to each of these wonderful concert spaces. Assisi is a small town filled with rich culture, history, and charm which will inspire all choristers to perform at their highest level.
The International A Cappella Festival: Italy
July 6-11, 2020 | MILAN, ITALY
Join Contemporary A Cappella ensembles from across the USA for the second International A Cappella Festival in Milan, Italy. This 4-day non-competitive event will allow ensembles an opportunity to perform for each other and local enthusiasts in charming small towns around the Milan area. The tour will culminate with a Concert Finale at the amazing Dal Verme Theatre under the leadership of J.D. Frizzell, an innovator in contemporary a cappella education. This festival tour will challenge and engage the hearts and minds of every participant and create profound memories to last a lifetime.