Sno-King Community Chorale 2014 Concert Tour of Germany, Austria and Italy
Edmonds, Washington, in addition to being home to the headquarters of ACFEA, hosts many fine performing arts groups. The Sno-King Community Chorale, named for the two counties it draws from, Snohomish and King, rehearses at Edmonds Community College and is a wonderful example of all this area has to offer. The choir is made up of both students and community members and is directed by Frank DeMiero, a national leader in vocal jazz education and a local legend. His jazz festivals are beloved by the Edmonds community and are major civic events. Few people are more connected to the Edmonds area than Frank and his family, all of whom are involved in music locally.
For over a decade, Sno-King has been performing major choral works alongside jazz and folk music, as well as an incredibly entertaining annual spring pops concert. Though they had toured once before, this tour was a long time coming. It took several itineraries to come up with just the right one, but once the group decided to attend the Alta Pusteria International Choir Festival in the Pusteria Valley of Italy, the choir really embraced the tour and enthusiasm grew quickly.
Sno-King Community Chorale at Gustav Mahler Hall in Dobbiaco, Italy as part of the Alta Pusteria International Choir Festival
Each year, during the last week of June, more than 60 choirs gather in the small communities along the Val Pusteria, performing dozens of concerts for each other and these communities. This year, choirs
attended from 13 countries. Concerts take place everywhere from Gustav Mahler Hall in Dobbiaco to stunning baroque churches, such as the Chiesadi Santo Stefano in Villabassa, and the mountaintop observatory of the Plan de Corones. Groups are welcome to perform whatever repertoire they wish and aren’t there to compete but rather to come together for five days of concerts, parades and parties. This
festival was a fantastic fit for SnoKing, as most groups that attended were adult community choirs similar to theirs.
After the festival, the group continued its tour in Innsbruck, Salzburg and Munich, performing and sightseeing along the way. The festival was certainly a highlight of the tour, and being a part of this community event made them feel very much at home.