International Choral Festival
June 7 – 12, 2016 | LIMERICK, IRELAND
Limerick Sings hosts both Irish and International choirs for three days of non-competitive music and song. Participating in this unique event will give choirs the opportunity to present Informal Performances in various venues across Limerick City, such as St. Mary’s Cathedral, and the Hunt Museum and take part in a Gala Concert Performance, with a Professional Irish Orchestra at the University of Limerick Concert Hall under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Benson. The program also includes a Workshop with an Irish Clinician, plenty of time to Exchange with Irish and British Choristers and a fun welcome BBQ that will include Irish Music, dance and food.
Artistic Director Dr. Benson is currently Director of Choral Activities at San Jose State University in San Jose, California. Festival rehearsals and the finale performance will be at the University of Limerick. The University’s beautiful Concert Hall is a 1,000 seat, multi-purpose venue and the first purpose-built concert hall in the country.
Prima Voce Itali’a
Prima Voce Itali’a: Explore & Inspire – The Maestro Festival Tour
June 20 – 28, 2016 | Italy
The Prima Voce Tour is an educational performance event for high school, college and community choirs. The program includes world-class faculty, performances that are artistically and historically connected to each city, exciting workshops/clinics, intercultural and musical exchanges with an Italian choir and faculty, and an efficient rehearsal schedule to maximize each chorister’s Italian experience! This performance tour allows for musical growth while being a fun and rewarding journey through Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome.
Dr. Anton Armstrong and Dr. Karen Kennedy are Artistic Directors for this festival tour. Dr. Armstrong became the conductor of the St. Olaf Choir in 1990 after ten years in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he had served on the faculty of Calvin College and led the Calvin College Alumni Choir, the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, and the St. Cecilia Youth Chorale. Dr. Kennedy recently joined the faculty at the University of Miami as Director of Choral Studies. Currently, she oversees a large choral program that offers MM and DMA degrees in choral conducting, in addition to conducting studies at the undergraduate level.
Music has also historically been one of the cultural markers of Italian national and ethnic identity and holds an important position in society and in politics. This festival offers an opportunity to perform in the heart of this rich musical culture and to visit the iconic historic sites of Italy.
Embrace & Explore
The Power of Song
June 25 – July 3, 2016 | THE BALTICS – VILNIUS, RIGA & TALLINN
This educational and cultural immersion program allows choristers to learn about the history and significance of music in the Baltic Countries through a specially designed curriculum as they prepare for a meaningful and life expanding musical experience in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. In a custom designed festival experience, participating choirs will have the opportunity to partake in Three Festival Choir Concerts that will include a mix of Baltic music reflecting the tradition of each country visited. There will be Local Choir Exchange Opportunities, a choral experience in the festival song grounds and a special “Composer in Residence” Workshop. This festival aims to be a genuine “People to People” Cultural and Choral Event inspired by faculty that have a deep passion and understanding for the music and history of the Baltic countries.
In the Baltics, singing is cultural and historical. Choral music was vital in developing and maintaining a sense of national identity during many years of occupation. During the tragic times of Soviet rule, their culture, heritage, and even battle for independence were expressed through choral singing. When independence was finally achieved in 1991, mass singing festivals became a focus of national pride and a cultural celebration of their new freedom. Despite its growing popularity in the United States and its cultural importance, the vast majority of this choral repertoire remains unknown to American choral scholars.
Anniversary of Hope with Doreen Rao
July 2 – 7, 2016 | DUBLIN, IRELAND
American Conductor and Master Teacher Doreen Rao will conduct the 2016 Anniversary of Hope Festival Concert in Dublin. Produced by Perform International to celebrate the contributions of Irish history, culture and customs, this anniversary of hope initiative will engage Irish and American Choirs in a vibrant transnational repertoire of ancient and contemporary choral music. Collaborating with Irish Conductor, Mary Amond O’Brien, an Irish Choir in Residence, a Small Traditional Ensemble and Local Instrumentalists, this festival experience will allow visiting choirs to rehearse and perform with and for fellow Irish choristers, culminating with a festival concert together in the Irish capital of Dublin.
The concert repertoire will include both treble and mixed voice Irish, American and British works. The tentative programming consists of Irish traditional music interspersed with contemporary settings on Irish poetry (a tribute to Seamus Heaney), compositions by Britten, a group of Irish works by composer Mark Sirett including Beltane (A Branch of May) for trebles, SATB and orchestra as well as a U2 medley.
The Summa Cum Laude
International Youth Music Festival
July 1-6, 2016 | VIENNA, AUSTRIA
The first Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival was hosted in July 2007. Already during its first year, it realized its two main objectives: to provide a unique platform for the world’s most talented youth choirs, bands and orchestras to perform in Vienna’s magnificent Musikverein and to set new standards in the festival arena. The SCL Festival has gained the broad support of the Austrian public and of many national and international decision makers in the field of politics and culture. Close ties have also been established to foreign embassies and international organization to make this a truly international event. Performing groups may compete with their peers in the “Summa Cum Laude Competition” or they may opt to participate in the non-competitive “Summa Cum Laude Celebration.”
The 2015 Rome Choral Festival
June 22 – 28 | ROME, ITALY
Perform International is excited to present the 2015 Rome Choral Festival under the artistic direction of Dr. André Thomas. Dr. Thomas has been a guest conductor for choirs around the world and has also distinguished himself as a composer/arranger. Your choir will enjoy four rehearsals with Dr. Thomas before the Rome Choral Festival finale concert. A choral festival set in Rome offers singers the chance to perform an exciting repertoire of choral music with new friends from other participating choirs – all in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
The Rome Choral Festival concert will be held in the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, a unique Renaissance church in Rome. Designed by Michelangelo just one year before he died, it was built inside the Roman walls of the Baths of Diocletian. This beautiful venue also offers a visual feast of classic paintings, frescoes and holy relics which your choir will enjoy viewing. The festival concert will be a memorable finale to the Rome Choral Festival.
The Prague Mozart Festival
June 24 – July 2, 2015 | PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC and VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Dr. Cameron F. LaBarr has been invited by Perform International to be the Artistic Director of the Prague Mozart Festival. A native of Richmond, Missouri, Dr. Cameron F. LaBarr is the director of choral studies at Missouri State University. Dr. LaBarr is also the founding artistic director and conductor of the Tennessee Chamber Chorus. Prague is a city that is rich in European history and musical culture and is a natural choice to host a festival of Mozart’s music because of the special relationship that he had with the city and its people. The Festival Concert will be held at the Church of St. Simon and Jude, built in 1354 as the chapel for Olbramovic Hospital. In 1615-20 the chapel was significantly enlarged to a hall construction with galleries and chapels, and windows in the Late Gothic style were added. Around 100 years later it was remodeled in the Baroque style and a pipe organ was installed. Its unique sound has drawn famous composers such as Mozart and Haydn to play at the church. The church is now the home of the Prague Symphony Orchestra.
The 2015 China Children’s Choir Festival
July 8 – 14 | BEIJING, CHINA
U. S. Children’s Choirs are invited to participate in the International Children’s Choir Festival in Beijing in July of 2015. Tours are available which include participation in the festival as well as concerts and cross-cultural opportunities in both Beijing and Shanghai. Choristers will have opportunities to get to know the youth of China, share their glorious concert stages, and make new friends from choirs across the United States.
Tiananmen Square is lined with monumental public buildings, fronting the legendary and once Forbidden City. The Forbidden City Music Hall will be the venue for the 2015 China Children’s Choir Festival. The Forbidden City is China’s best-preserved imperial palace and is known to be the world’s largest ancient palatial structure. It is widely known and regarded as the very culmination and true essence of the traditional architectural accomplishment of the Chinese civilization.
The 2015 China Band Festival
June 18 – 27 | BEIJING, CHINA
Perform International is excited to present the 2015 International Band Festival. Bands from all over the United States are encouraged to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to perform in both Beijing and Shanghai. During their time in China, they will have opportunities to get to know the youth of China, visit their schools, share their glorious concert stages, and make new friends from bands across the United States. This festival will life changing for participating bands.
The International Band Festival will feature performances by festival bands at concert halls in both Beijing and Shanghai. A visit to the Great Wall of China in Beijing will include a band performance near the wall. The Great Wall is 25 feet tall, 15-30 feet wide and is the largest object ever made by humans. Construction was begun in 475 B.C. and it was completed during the Ming dynasty in the 17th century.