I kept hearing from my singers – how much they enjoyed singing to such a full and appreciative crowd. I could go on and on about the festival, just know it was an experience that I will cherish for a long time to come. PI’s commitment to and follow through in giving all participants a truly rich artistic experience makes it a company after my own heart!
Dr. Pearl Shangkuan, Director of Choral Activities
Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
It was a fantastic tour; easily the best international trip I have taken through a company. Particularly gratifying was the final concert in Seville where the choir returned from dinner to see people standing in line waiting to enter the venue. You should extend our thanks and congratulations to the whole staff for a job well done. I’m impressed and you may count me a return customer.
Dr. Brad Holmes, Director of Choral Programs
This was the best tour of this type I’ve encountered, and my singers were extremely impressed. All of the staff, managers, guides and driver were excellent, but I must give special recognition to Dr. Gene Peterson. Besides being a great friend, colleague and host, he represents the best of Perform International and I look forward to working with him again. Remarkable job well done by all!
Kevin McBeth, Director of Music
Manchester United Methodist Church
I have led many international tours in the past, with varying levels of dissatisfaction with each tour. At the heart of my disappointment was the fact that on every previous tour, the performing time – the most important part of the tour for my choirs – always seemed like an afterthought… Not so with our tour with Perform International. This trip was far and away the best international tour I have taken as a conductor; from the venues to the enthusiastic audiences to the support personnel, PI did a fantastic job. I plan on using them for all of my international travel from now on.
Dr. Shane Lynch, Director of Choral Studies
Washington and Lee University
Dear Perform International, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for an outstanding tour. Everything from the hotels, meals, concert venues, guest singers and instrumentalists to our tour guides was first class. Thank you! I was especially impressed by the musicianship of the guest singers and talent of the instrumentalists. They were a joy to work with and knew their music perfectly.
Susan Duprey, Artistic Director
Nā Pu‘ukani, (Kona and Windward Choral Societies)
Perform International is a customer-focused organization that provides informed and responsible personnel to create a fantastic performance and exchange tour. Perform International went above and beyond our expectations in every aspect; accommodations, exchange opportunities and pre-concert publicity. Perform International provided us with a wonderful team of tour guides, drivers and coordinators. Their expertise and professionalism far exceeded our expectations.
Dr. Jonathan Babcock
Associate Director of Choral Activities, Texas State University
I am happy to endorse my colleague and friend Dr. Gene Peterson. I believe that he is a person of integrity and class. His alliance with Perform International will ensure a fine experience in performance and cultural exchange, connecting people to people through the universal language of music.
Dr. Anton Armstrong
Conductor, The St. Olaf Choir
This was an amazing moment. Our first full day in Shanghai and our first opportunity to meet and share with the youth of China. After a lovely, informal concert for each other, we allowed time for the children to talk. The Chinese youth LOVE to practice their English with Americans! The smiles and conversation went on and on and I decided it was time for an impromptu sing-a-long. CCC and I taught them Unity by Washington and Moone (Colla Voce). Simple English phrases, harmonies that lend themselves to quick learning, yet deep meaning behind the text. ‘Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to live together in unity.’ As we sang, the choristers joined hands and began to sway in unison. Though the students may not have understood the impact of that moment, every adult in the room was wiping away tears. Thank you, PI, for enabling us to truly connect with the people, not simply see the culture through the bus windows.
Founder & Managing Artistic Director, Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Perform International and their Managing Director, Zoe Franciscus, were able to craft a travel experience that met our needs, both philosophically and financially. Throughout the process of preparing for the trip, Perform International’s staff was accessible, prompt, and clear in their communications. They were responsive and courteous. Our accommodations in Japan were excellent, our guides friendly and organized, and the concerts were experiences my students will remember always. The staff at Perform International helped Tarleton tour Japan and helped make the trip one we will never forget.
Dr. Troy Robertson
Director of Choirs, Tarleton State University
Thank you for your contributions to the Hawai‘i chapter of the American Choral Directors Association’s annual Round Up on September 26, 2015, at Sacred Hearts Academy. This year was especially wonderful as we got the chance to welcome Dr. Tim Sharp, executive director of our national ACDA office. Hosting Dr. Sharp for those few days gave us the perfect chance to show him what is so special about our community. Then, of course, it was a delight to celebrate all together with the closing concert in SHA’s beautiful chapel. That ‘choral sampler’ really showed off so much of the best of our community and was as rousing for Dr. Sharp and the HI-ACDA board as for the many participants and large audience. All of this relied on the generosity, talents, and efforts of many but wouldn’t have been possible without Perform International’s visionary, steady, and true support of our community. Mahalo.
Dr. Miguel Felipe
President, Hawai’i ACDA / Assistant Professor of Music, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
Dear Esteemed Conductor, It gives us great pleasure to highly recommend the services of PERFORM INTERNATIONAL and its founders and directors, Mr. Paul Lam and Mr. Henry Ou. Since the early 1990s our choirs have had the privilege of participating in many performance exchanges, organized by Mr. Lam, with a number of choirs, bands and orchestras throughout the United States and Canada. Our presentation at the acclaimed 1994 ACDA National Conference in New York City was an event that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. PERFORM INTERNATIONAL, with its extensive network of locally-based, competent professionals at offices throughout Asia, provides an exceptional level of personalized service and in-depth knowledge of local organizations, persons and conditions that ensures a rewarding and memorable experience. The addition of Dr. Gene Peterson, Director of Performing Tours, with his vast expertise, further emphasizes the commitment of PERFORM INTERNATIONAL to offer the very highest-quality educational and performance activities that will be extremely rewarding to the choirs, orchestras and bands that are fortunate to participate in exchanges organized by PERFORM INTERNATIONAL. We recommend PERFORM INTERNATIONAL as the preferred agency for music ensembles and dance troupes wishing to travel and perform in Asia.
Professor Yang Hongnian
Central Conservatory of Music
Resident Conductor & Artistic Director of the China Children’s Choir
The staff of PERFORM INTERNATIONAL are professionals in music and tourism and special events. No one can rival their ability to put on the very best exchanges, performances, and tours for choirs, orchestras, and bands. For those reasons and more, I am happy to endorse PERFORM INTERNATIONAL, my good friend Paul Lam and Dr. Gene Peterson. I have known both Paul and Gene for over 15 years.
Dr. William D. Hall
Notable conductor and founder of William Hall Chorale, Orange, California