UPCOMING FESTIVALS





Limerick Sings Choral Festival

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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.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Countdown

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June 19 – 27, 2016 | TOKYO, JAPAN

Join other singers from across the U.S. in this grand musical salute to our fellow Japanese choristers as they start the countdown towards the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo. The program includes exchange concerts with Japanese choirs; an opportunity to visit the amazing cultural sights of Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Tokyo; and a culminating massed choir performance in Japan’s capital under the artistic direction of UH Mānoa’s Dr. Miguel Felipe. A special celebratory Olympic Countdown kick-off event will be just one of the many highlights of this visit to Japan.

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Prima Voce Itali’a Festival

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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.

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Embrace & Explore – The Baltics

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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.

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The Summa Cum Laude International Festival

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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.”

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Celtic Voices

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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.

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Oxford Choral Festival

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July 9-13, 2016 | OXFORD, ENGLAND

Join Dr. Jonathan Talberg, the Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir from California State University, Long Beach and mixed chorales from across the U.S. to participate in the 2016 Oxford Choral Festival in Oxford, England. Perform Fauré’s extraordinary REQUIEM — in its original version for Chamber Orchestra — and a trio of beloved American Spirituals as the cornerstone pieces for this wonderful event at the Sheldonian Theatre. This sumptuous, magnificent 17th Century building (where Haydn and Salieri played) has been the home of the Oxford Bach Choir for more than 100 years. Sit on the seats where employees of the Oxford University press did their typesetting, climb the cupola for a wonderful view of the “dreaming spires” and enjoy the great natural acoustics.

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America Cantat 8

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August 21-31, 2016 | NASSAU, BAHAMAS

America Cantat is the premier cultural music festival of the Americas, and is the only non-competitive choir festival to unite singers, clinicians, and festival choirs from North, Central, and South America in a ten-day cultural and musical immersion program.

Over ten days, singers of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in overlapping five-day-long workshops, led by some of the most prestigious choral clinicians in the world such as Daria Abreu (Cuba), Anton Armstrong (USA), Gisela Crespo (Mexico), Elisa Dekaney (Brazil), Cristian Grases (Venezuela & USA), Rosephanye Powel (USA), Maria van Nieukerken (Netherlands) and many others.

America Cantat 8 will take place August 21-31, 2016, at the Atlantis Paradise Island resort in Nassau, Bahamas. Organización America Cantat proudly partners with the American Choral Directors Association and the Ministry of Tourism of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas to host this international choir festival. Join in the celebration and immerse yourself in the music of the Americas!

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Eine Feste Burg

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A Choral Celebration

In Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

June 17-23, 2017 | LEIPZIG, GERMANY

Prof. Rilling is a pre-eminent scholar and conductor of works by J.S. Bach and together with Dr. Anton Armstrong, Conductor of the St. Olaf Choir, he will lead a Gala Concert Performance at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig in commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

  • Sing as part of a highly select honor choir with a professional orchestra in the Thomaskirche, Bach’s church
  • Perform Bach Cantata, Motets and other repertoire commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
  • Be inspired and learn from Professor Helmuth Rilling and Dr. Anton Armstrong
  • Experience the historical sights of the Reformation in Germany

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