Sechrist Travel has partnered with Perform International in arranging International & Domestic custom performance tours, festival opportunities, formal and informal venues, and clinic/workshops for music ensembles.
June 6-10, 2024 | Florence, Italy
Artistic Directors, Brian Kittredge, and Larry Bach, along with esteemed Composer-in-Residence and conductor, Michael Trotta invite you to join them in Florence, Italy in June 2024. In a gala performance featuring Trotta’s a cappella works, along with his “Te Deum” and “Requiem” accompanied by orchestra, this total immersion experience of Trotta’s music will challenge and engage the hearts and minds of every participant and create profound memories to last a lifetime.
June 19-24, 2024 | Assisi & Rome, Italy
The “Great Basilicas of Italy” is a celebration of the music of composer Elaine Hagenberg and will also include spotlight performances for participating choral ensembles. Multi-generational mixed choirs will have the opportunity to perform Elaine Hagenberg’s “Illuminare” coached by the composer and conducted by Dr. Gene Peterson as part of the festive gala concert in the famous St. Francis Basilica in Assisi.
Artistic Director Gene Peterson and Composer-in-Residence Elaine Hagenberg will work with the participating conductors to create a program that will unite singers and audience, creating an immersive experience for all participants. Fully balanced choirs will also have the opportunity for a spotlight performance during the gala concert. Additionally, the festival choir will sing during Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.
June 22-27, 2024 | Vienna, Austria
Join one of the finest choral educators of our time, Dr. Pearl Shangkuan, and ensembles from across the U.S. in Vienna, Austria to perform works by Dr. Dan Forrest scored for choir and with orchestra. A Gala Concert Performance at a renowned venue in Vienna, as well as an opportunity for a recital in St. Stephen’s Cathedral will be a life-changing experience for singers from across the United States.
As Composer-in-Residence, Dan Forrest will take part in the 5-day festival experience providing personal insights into his compositions and supporting Artistic Director Dr. Pearl Shangkuan in their interpretation, as well as performing at the gala concert with the choirs. Additionally, fully balanced choirs have the opportunity for a spotlight performance during the gala concert in Austria’s beautiful capital city of Vienna.
June 23-28, 2024 | Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Come sing in Northern Ireland with conductors/composers Shane Lynch and Maurice Kelly. Centered in Londonderry and featuring Irish composers such as Derry native Sean Doherty, multi-generational mixed choirs will have the chance to perform the world premiere of music based on the history and natural beauty of the area. Dr. Lynch will compose works about the legendary Amazing Grace valley nearby, giving choirs the chance to work with him on the music and visit the actual valley to understand how the work came into being originally.
June 25-July 1, 2024 | Rome, Italy
Artistic Director Dr. Joseph Modica invites you to join him in Rome, Italy for a 5-night residency, culminating in a gala concert of the Verdi Requiem with full orchestra. Rome is a perfect setting for a choral festival because of its rich musical and artistic culture. Through the ages Rome has played a major role in Western art and examples of its architectural grandeur are visible everywhere you look. 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 program is a total immersion experience into Italian 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.
March 11-18, 2024 | Dublin, Ireland
Bands play a very important part in the St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Dublin and throughout the St. Patrick’s Festival itself. Bands from Ireland and around the world have thrilled audiences with their musical mastery and flair down through the years and we want you to be part of the future celebrations. The parade is attended by the President of Ireland and Lord Mayor of Dublin. The marching route is approximately 1.7 miles long and takes about 90 minutes to complete the parade route. The parade consists of marching bands, theatrical presentations and ceremonial elements. The parade is attended by over half a million people and viewed by millions of people all over the world.
The Florence Youth Festival (FOG) was founded in 1999 to give young musicians from all over the world the opportunity to be part of a unique musical experience in the beautiful regions of Tuscany and Umbria, Italy. The festival’s main venue is the Loggia dei Lanzi located on the Piazza della Signoria, one of the main squares in the city center of Florence. Additional performances take place in Lucca, San Gimignano, Montecatini-Terme, Prato, Perugia and Assisi. FOG is held during the month of July and consists of a total of 50-75 concerts performed by 15-20 orchestras. Each orchestra usually performs three to four concerts. Over 300 ensembles from all over the world have participated in the Florence Youth Festival. In addition to the concerts, educational activities such as workshops and master classes can also be added to the program.
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.”
Mid Europe Schladming and the SCL Festival for Marching and Wind Bands offer ensembles an amazing opportunity to perform in front of appreciative audiences at Europe’s largest music festival for bands, parade in Europe’s City of Music and play in concert at one of the world’s great concert halls – the Konzerthaus in Vienna. This event is tailor-made for marching, concert and wind bands looking for a life-changing and immersive music experience and enjoy some of the most stunning scenery Europe has to offer.
Future Festival Dates: July 6-15, 2025 and July 12-21, 2026.