Couldn’t be prouder! Hugh, on behalf of ACFEA, was the highest bidder on this year’s commission contribution from composer Shawn Crouch. I was even more excited when we made the collaborative decision that no other group would be a more appropriate recipient than the Boston Children’s Chorus. For anyone who doesn’t know what BCC does, check them out at www.bostonchildrenschorus.com.
There are many reasons that can lead a group to tour. Some groups strive to connect with local audiences through sharing of their music. Others want the thrill of performing in specially-chosen halls. For the Lexington High School Choirs from Lexington, Massachusetts, one of their priorities was to touch history. Specifically, that of Estonia's Singing Revolution.
Congratulations to the Dalton School Chorus from New York City, who raised over €600 for three charities in Wangen, Germany. The benefit concert was at Wangen's beautiful Spitalkirche, where the choir presented a program including pieces by Pergolesi, Bruckner, Morley and Brunner. "Wangen was an enchanting town; they really pulled out the stops for us. Such lovely people," said Judy Wohlreich, of the school. The choir members were also guests in the homes of several generous local hosts, a tour highlight for many.
I had the pleasure of traveling with the Rocky Mountain Children’s Choir Summit Singers this March on its tour of Washington, DC. It was exciting for me to get to know this unique group and its refreshing take on touring. While the group is great in typical formal performance, what the singers really enjoy on tour are outreach opportunities.
The Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra has been invited to participate in the 2012 Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna, Austria.