Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Join Karen Kennedy's Greece Choir Festival, Sing in Athens, Escape the winter, Celebrate New Year 2017 - It's affordable!

Dear friends

Greece opens its hospitable arms and welcomes us to Athens for the 2016/17 New Year’s International Choral Festival.

Athens remains an ideal location for walking amongst the very foundations of our civilization, escaping the Northern Winter and being immersed in a Mediterranean culture of eating, performance and ancient traditions.

We will

  • tour the Acropolis,
  • visit the breathtaking new Acropolis Museum
  • have a day on the Greek Islands
  • immerse ourselves in the rhythms of Plaka
  • experience the wonder of Corinth and
  • explore the other remarkable features of Athens.


In between we will rehearse 30 minutes of combined repertoire and perform as individual choirs (for those who wish it) exchanging with local Greek performers before bringing this all together in a splendid gala festival concert.

We depart Monday, December 26, 2016 and return Monday, January 2, 2017 (with options for those who wish to stay longer).

KIconcerts: download prospectus

Join us as we celebrate the dawn of 2017 with our new Greek friends through the unique comradery singing offers us.

Karen Kennedy


Friday, August 14, 2015

Welcome back to a new year of singing - here and overseas

KIconcerts Custom Tour DestinationsWelcome back to a new singing year! We hope you have had a great summer. Ours was exhilarating and full of amazing performances in both hemispheres, across 3 continents and in numerous time zones.

We wish to take a moment to remind you of exceptional destinations, 2016 performance events and to introduce you to our 2017/18 line up. We look forward to being of service to you when you plan to perform internationally. Feel free to find out more about KI from your peers here.

KI stages great custom tours across Europe, in China & India, Central & South America, Australia & New Zealand as well as throughout the UK & Ireland in addition to our exciting festival offerings.

KIconcerts Choir Festivals2016
Wyatt – Hungary/Austria (May)
Sharkova – Ireland (June)
Dilworth – Austria (June/July)
Hella Johnson – Italy (fully subscribed)
Galvan – Ireland (July)
Kennedy – Greece (New Year 2016/17)

2017
Loeppky – Austria (May)
Peters – Austria (June, young men's/women’s/mixed choirs)
Stroope – Spain (June)
Dickson – Italy (June)
Leck – Ireland (June, Children’s Choirs)
Buchanan – Passion of Italy (July)
Dilworth – UK/France (July, Spirituals/Gospel)

2018
Hella Johnson – Sydney Opera House (July)

Contact us for information on any of the custom tour destinations or festivals so we can quote on your next tour for you.

Summer greetings



Monday, June 8, 2015

Ireland just became more affordable - 2016 Ireland Choir Festival with Elena Sharkova

Dear Friends

Happy summer to you all! I hope that vacation plans are on your calendars and alarm clocks can be silenced for a few weeks :-)

Shall we plan next summer?

With the stabilizing of the US dollar at .90 to the Euro, KIconcerts is passing on further reductions for my festival in Ireland next year.

The price for both the 8 and 9 day programs has now dropped another $200 per person. This includes the combined and individual performance opportunities, travel insurance, group tips, two fine meals a day, charter coaches and fine tour managers, all the sightseeing and good hotel accommodation (wow— say all that five times fast!). It also includes the airfare (based on fares from NY – count on aprox $200 for West Coast add on fares) and one complimentary package for every 20 travelers (non singers and singers alike).

KIconcerts will lock in these prices even if the exchange rates change!

I wonder if there is ever going to be a cheaper time to travel to Europe. Really — let’s go!

I hope this helps you to consider joining me and other fine young singers (including Cantabile Youth Singers that I direct) in the West of Ireland and then Dublin - places steeped in great history, culture and whimsy.

Please be in touch if this is something you think might be achievable for you and even some of your singers if your full choir cannot travel internationally next year.

Best wishes for a great summer,

Elena Sharkova

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Ireland just became more affordable - 2016 Ireland Choir Festival with Janet Galván

Dear Friends

With the stabilizing of the US dollar at .90 to the Euro, KIconcerts is passing on further reductions for my festival in Ireland next year.

The price for the 9 day program has now dropped another $200 per person. The cost includes the combined and individual performance opportunities, travel insurance, group tips, two fine meals a day, charter coaches and fine tour managers, all the sightseeing and good hotel accommodation. It also includes the airfare (based on fares from NY) and one complimentary package for every 20 travelers (non singers and singers alike).

KIconcerts will lock this exchange rate in for ensembles registering now!

I wonder if there is ever going to be a cheaper time to travel to Europe. I hope this helps you to consider joining me and other fine singers (including two choirs from Australia!) in Ireland, a land steeped in history, culture and whimsy. It is also of note that this festival treads a familiar path to Dublin but ends in Belfast – a beautiful city for decades shut off to visitors and the sounds of international choirs.

Please be in touch if this is something you think might be achievable for you and even some of your singers if your full choir cannot travel internationally next year.

Best wishes for a great summer

Dr. Janet Galván


Friday, May 29, 2015

A kaleidoscope of talent, destinations, people and venue

Happy Summer from KIconcerts
We wish you a happy and healthy summer while we welcome back many of our ensembles and prepare the rest for their travel over the next 6 weeks.

So far this summer: Penn State and Concordia Irvine Universities in Australia, North Alabama in Italy, Centenary in Central Europe and Herndon Ecumenical Choir in Ireland. Last week we had Council Rock South’s Orchestra in Athens and Joan Conlon’s Monteverdi Honor Choir in Rome.
Penn State Choir and Concordia Handbells in Australia, Joan Catoni Conlon in Rome
Henry Leck leads the 2015 Passion of Italy Festival, Rollo Dilworth - Notes of Joy in Dublin and Belfast, Karen Kennedy heads a festival of American, Austrian and German choirs in Vienna and Salzburg, while Anna Hamre heads to Greece to lead our summer festival there.
Henry Leck, Karen Kennedy, Anna Hamre, Rollo Dilworth
Our custom tours continue with school, college and community ensembles from California to New York performing in Italy, Germany, France, the Milan Expo, Austria, Greece, Spain and Peru.
KI in France, Italy, Peru, Czech Republic

I am on the road throughout this period visiting with groups across Europe having just returned from overseeing the Australian tours. Lance and Tanya are in the office throughout the summer working on your 2016 and 2017 concert touring plans.

In addition to the custom tours we have these amazing festival leaders programming festivals around the world in 16 and 17: Z Randall Stroope, Craig Hella Johnson, Simon Carrington, Janet Galván, Rollo Dilworth, Henry Leck, Elena Sharkova, Larry Wyatt, Frank Ticheli and John Dickson.

Oliver Scofield
Executive Chairman

Destinations | Band Festivals | Choir Festivals | Contact KI


Monday, May 4, 2015

Henry Leck becomes KI’s first Distinguished Music Advisor


Dear friends

With great pleasure, KIconcerts announces that Henry Leck has become our first Distinguished Music Advisor.

Henry Leck - A Week in KIconcerts World of MusicThis appointment complements a distinguished career of teaching at Butler University, building the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, leading festivals around the globe, adjudicating, mentoring and simply bringing wisdom, talent and joy to every choral setting of which he is a part.

We are honored to welcome Henry Leck in this new capacity which will see him:
•  Continue to lead summer festivals for KI
   o 2016 in the South of France
   o 2017 in Ireland
•  Provide advice to Directors with whom KI is in contact
•  Develop and advise on new choral projects staged across the world 
•  Encourage new talent and exchange opportunities in five continents.

We look forward to discussing new touring initiatives with you now that Henry has graciously agreed to be a resource in this new capacity.

Welcome Henry!!!

Oliver Scofield & Michael Clohesy


Friday, May 1, 2015

Sydney, Australia - 2 opportunities to see The Pennsylvania State University Concert Choir

This great American choir, directed by Christopher Kiver, is performing twice only in Sydney. Their talented singers invite you to join two exciting evenings of exhilarating choral music.
With Sydney’s own Joubert Singers directed by Rachelle Elliott
Villa Maria Catholic Church, 3 Mary Street, Hunters Hill
$20 or ($30 for two tickets) – JoubertSingers@gmail.com

With the Chapel Choir of St. Andrew’s College directed by Sarah Penicka-Smith
Kinross Mackie Chapel, St. Andrew’s College, 19 Carillion Ave, Newtown

Program selected from the works of composers such as Dan Walker, J.S Bach, Henry Purcell, Béla Bartók and Matthew Orlovich (in the presence of the composer Matthew Orlovich on 14 May)

The Pennsylvania State University Concert Choir has toured Europe, performing in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, and Great Britain. Within the US, they have performed extensively within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, New England, Louisiana, and the Southwest.

Performing music from the Renaissance through to the present, recent performances of major choral works has included Symphony no.2 in C minor, “Resurrection” by Mahler, "Ein deutsches Requiem" by Brahms, Symphony no. 9 in D minor by Beethoven, Verdi's "Requiem," and Poulenc’s “Gloria.” The Concert Choir comprises undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of academic disciplines and is directed by Christopher Kiver.