Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Vienna 2020 & Rome 2021...two of the world's great cities - sing with Elena Sharkova there!

KIconcerts Austria 2020 and Italy 2021 choir festivals with Elena Sharkova

Friends and colleagues

Why do we travel to sing? To perform in breathtaking venues, to take our ensembles to another level of purpose and collaboration, share our talent with new and appreciative audiences, sing alongside singers of another language and culture, walk the streets some of our most revered composers once walked before us, see the world and look back on our own – or any combination of these reasons and so many more?

It is many times easier for choirs to spend a few of their touring days in a festival setting with other choristers and uniquely meaningful to join with other singers as a combined choir in amongst individual concerts and post festival touring. One of the very appealing features of being a part of a festival is there is no pressure to bring your full choir or to have a well balanced ensemble for touring.

This is why I am pleased to invite you to the 2020 festival Henry Leck and I are leading in Vienna and to announce that I will be leading KI’s 2021 Passion of Italy Festival in Rome.

Austria and Italy both sweep us up in the history of music and Europe. We will sing in spaces designed for vocal ensembles to soar, we will see sights that explain much of the origins of our society and we will have fun – fun that only singers joining in one voice can know!

Let me know if you are interested and contact my friends at KIconcerts for more details. See you in Europe

Elena Sharkova
Artistic Director & Conductor

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

What have Edinburgh, Vancouver, Vienna and Toronto got in common? 2020 & 2021 choir festivals with Henry Leck...

Please consider joining me in any of these great festival destinations in the summer of 2020 and 2021!!!

Those of you who know me, know of my passion for collaboration of all kinds. It keeps us all learning and energetic!

Elena Sharkova joins me in Vienna – June 21-27
Elise Bradley joins me in Toronto – July 5-9

Pearl Shangkuan joins me in Edinburgh – June 24-29
AndrĂ© J. Thomas joins me in Vancouver – July 3-8

One of the many reasons to have two of us co-directing is that it allows the festival to include both treble and mixed voices separately and in combination for rehearsals and the Gala Concert, giving us all much greater flexibility and artistic opportunity. This will be, of course, in addition to the individual concerts you might want as well.

I have selected two great, accessible cities in Canada along with two excellent overseas options for those planning a European tour in either year. I am also hoping it helps to plan this far out for ensembles considering their 2021 options.

I would be happy to talk with you further about any of these wonderful destinations and to extend an invitation on behalf of myself and my wonderful partners to see you at any of these unique musical events over the next two years.

Best wishes

Henry Leck
Artistic Advisor

Friday, March 15, 2019

Dublin 2020 & Prague 2021 choir festivals - hope you can join Rollo Dilworth

KI - Dublin 2020 & Prague 2021 choir festivals with Rollo Dilworth

Dear Colleagues,

I know many of you are aware of the Dublin festival I am leading in June 2020. This is shaping up to be a great event with the St. Thomas Gospel Choir from Philadelphia attending along with an Irish choir and US school and community choristers. Feel free to register interest now as I consider the repertoire that will best suit the choirs looking to attend.

While at the ACDA conference in Kansas City, I finalized plans with KIconcerts to stage my 2021 festival in Prague with opportunities for choirs to sing individually in Austria or Budapest as well.

I am blessed to be able to work in Ireland and the Czech Republic in consecutive years.

Feel free to reach out to me for further information on musical questions and of course, to our friends at KI, about touring questions you may have.

Hoping to see you in Europe

Rollo Dilworth
Artistic Director & Conductor

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Complimentary professional headshots @ KI’s ACDA booth 500 – your passport to concert touring

KIconcerts ACDA booth 500 - professional headshots
We have set up our ACDA booth #500 as a studio with a photographer taking professional pics of our beloved clients/colleagues.

Give us 15 minutes and we’ll give you 
a headshot to be proud of! 

Please nominate your 1st, 2nd and 3rd preferences for a 15 minute appointment.

KIconcerts ACDA professional headshots time preferences
Of course our team is also available to talk about your touring plans before or after. We look forward to immortalizing you as well as chatting.

Dr. Matthew Harden
Lance Lancaster
Robert Wallace
Michael Clohesy
Oliver Scofield

Friday, February 1, 2019

Surprising you at ACDA in Kansas City

KI at ACDA 2019 in Kansas City
Dear friends

We're printing our banners, blowing up balloons, preparing destination/festival launches, flying in international partners, arranging appointments AND preparing a great surprise for you at booth 500 (just as you enter the exhibition area).

The ACDA national conference is a great opportunity to talk about new tours with existing and potential clients as well as to meet directors touring with us in the next 18 months or so. Of course we know that many of you cannot attend every single national ACDA conference so please know we are available to talk with you by phone or email at any time.

For those attending, as you decide on your conference schedule just let us know a time that works best for you to meet us. We do have a great surprise to reveal to you at the booth – our gift to our traveling Directors.

More on that in our next ACDA conference emailing!

Please reply to ACDA appointment time to book a meeting with us. We look forward to this great opportunity to visit!

Oliver Scofield

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Elise Bradley and Henry Leck co-conducting the Toronto 2020 choir festival - talk to us at ACDA

KIconcerts 2020 Notes of Joy Toronto Choir festival with Elise Bradley and Henry Leck
It is our pleasure to invite you and your choristers to join us in 2020 – in the beautiful and exciting city of Toronto, Canada – for our Notes of Joy Choir Festival!

If you are coming to Kansas City for ACDA’s national conference then we can discuss this further with you at KI’s booth – 500.

We invite your singers to enjoy a welcome dinner, rehearse with other talented treble and mixed-voice choirs, present stand-alone concerts, and perform together in a grand Gala Concert to close the Festival.

We look forward to sharing great singing with a common purpose and passion on this international stage in front of enthusiastic audiences in some wonderful venues.

If you are not attending ACDA this year then please just be in touch to make a time to talk in advance of the conference.

Henry Leck
Founder/Conductor Laureate, Indianapolis Children’s Choir

Elise Bradley
Artistic Director, Toronto Children’s Chorus 

Co-conductors – Notes of Joy

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

London’s 2020 Chichester Psalms Choir Festival with Thomas Lloyd – can we talk at ACDA or before?

KIconcerts 2020 London Choir Festival with Thomas Lloyd
I am looking forward to leading the June 2020 Chichester Psalms Choir Festival in London and Edinburgh and invite you and your singers to join me.

In my experience conducting tours of fine high school, community, collegiate and choirs of faith there is nothing quite like performing repertoire in the country it was first performed, and in the kind of grand spaces it was first heard. This is that opportunity!

I will be in Kansas City next month for any who wish to talk about this with me and the fine folk from KIconcerts. I am also available to chat in advance of that for those not attending the ACDA conference or those wanting to advance their 2020 concert tour planning now.

The repertoire for our combined festival choir is Leonard Bernstein’s iconic Chichester Psalms, commissioned for a large festival choir like ours in England, and simultaneously premiered in New York, and thus the perfect music for a cross-Atlantic connection. It also comes at a time when many feel the need more than ever to sing Bernstein’s closing prayer taken from Psalm 133 (Hineh mah tov...): “How good it is for brothers and sisters to dwell together in unity.”

I welcome you to join this journey with your choir performing both individually and as part of the combined festival choir in London, with an option for those who wish to join us for a 2nd festival gala performance in Edinburgh. Smaller groupings of singers not planning a concert on their own are invited to join the Bucks County Choral Society in their individual concerts with conducting opportunities shared.

I am thrilled that this will be my first festival with KIconcerts – I toured with my own choir with them to Cuba in 2018 and their reputation for organizing seamless concert tours including both independent and collaborative concerts, is well deserved.

Looking forward to talking with you about how this might work for you and your singing community

Thomas Lloyd
Artistic Director & Conductor