About Choral Festivals
The best choral festivals balance the needs and character of the venue, director, music and performers. Each Perform International Choral Festival is carefully crafted to be a unique performance and travel experience that will transform your singers into poised and professional performers.
In addition to working with our exceptional music directors your ensemble will have the opportunity to perform in exquisite venues, collaborate with local choirs, and discover new cities and cultures. From our first call through to the final lingering note, we will expertly manage the details, allowing you to focus on bringing the best out of your choir and simply enjoying the applause.
Lisbon Choral FestivalJune 4-9, 2022 | Lisbon, Portugal
Artistic Directors, Dr. Jeffrey Benson, and Dr. Michael Hanawalt invite you to join them in Lisbon, Portugal for the Lisbon Choral Festival. Discover Lisbon, a city full of authenticity where old customs and ancient history intermix with cultural entertainment and hi-tech innovation. This 4-day residency program culminates with a Gala Concert, in one of Lisbon’s beautiful church venues and will bring all participating choirs together to sing a joint choir program with local orchestra accompaniment. The Lisbon Choral Festival is a total immersion experience into Portuguese culture from music to architecture, history, food, and language and will challenge and engage the hearts and minds of every participant and create profound memories to last a lifetime.
Festival for Women’s & Treble VoicesJune 17-22, 2022 | 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 Composer, Eva Ugalde. 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.
Artistic Director Dr. Ryan Beeken and Composer-in-Residence Elaine Hagenberg will host United in Song, a blending of music from the U.S. and the Baltic countries. Multi-generational mixed choirs will perform the European premiere of a new Elaine Hagenberg piece for SATB chorus, piano, strings, and percussion under the baton of Dr. Beeken. The Gala Concert will also include pieces by famed Baltic composers Eriks Esenvalds and Peteris Vasks. Artistic Director Ryan Beeken and Composer-in-Residence Elaine Hagenberg are developing a program that will unite singers and audience, creating an immersive experience for all participants. Additionally, fully balanced choirs have the opportunity for a spotlight performance during the gala concert in Tallinn, Estonia’s beautiful and historic capital city.
Theater of Music Festival: Shakespeare EnACTed!July 3-9, 2022 | Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Choruses will bring out their inner thespians at this unique festival offering inspiring music making as well as workshops and direction from a member of one of England’s top theater schools… all in the historic and beautiful birthplace of William Shakespeare. Festival repertoire will include Benjamin Britten’s fairy choruses from A Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as a medley of choruses from Leonard Bernstein’s inimitable West Side Story, an urban American Romeo and Juliet. Individual choruses will participate in a spotlight series showcasing participating choirs. The gala festival concert will be staged by our guest director. Nationally recognized conductor Emily Ellsworth has prepared Britten’s Midsummer choruses for Lyric Opera of Chicago and has focused her career on the storytelling aspect of choral music. Join us for this unique, dramatic experience!
A Singing Tour of Irish Pubs & DistilleriesJuly 5 - 12, 2022 | Dublin, Galway & Killarney, Ireland
Join Dr. Brad Pierson in Ireland for a curated singing tour of Iconic Irish pubs and distilleries. This trip will include highlights such as the numerous singing pubs of Galway, The Ring of Kerry and Killarney Brewing company and visits to the Jameson Distillery, Guinness Brewery and more! There will be time included to attend traditional music sessions as well as an opportunity for you to perform as a group at many sites along the way.
Remembrance, Hope, Peace: the Music of Bach, Mendelssohn, and ArnesenJuly 8 - 13, 2022 | Berlin & Leipzig, Germany
Following the theme of “From despair to hope – a plea for peace, then and now,” this stirring program will connect the past with the present, with longings and hopes still as relevant for the times we live in. Repertoire will include several short works of Kim André Arnesen, interspersed with various movements from some of the most well known large works by Mendelssohn and Bach. The Gala concert will take place in the Mendelssohn Hall of the famous Gewandhaus in Leipzig. This historically and musically meaningful program is sure to speak to singers and audience alike.
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