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) –

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.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Concordia University Irvine Handbells - 3 free performances in Australia

Concordia University Irvine Handbells
– one of America’s finest!!!

3 FREE performances only in Australia.

BRISBANE - 3pm, 9 May
All Hallows’ School, Ann St, Brisbane
With the All Hallows’ Handbell Ensemble & The Brisbane Bells

SYDNEY - 12.30pm, 13 May
St Andrew’s Cathedral, George St, Sydney
With Sydney’s Kevinwood Bells with guest soprano, Christine Smith
Concert as part of the “YOUNG Music” lunchtime recital series donations invited

BAROSSA VALLEY - 2pm, 16 May
St Petri Lutheran Church, Nuriootpa, Barossa Valley

You are invited to join in the excitement of their first Australian tour! Further information/seat reservation requests –

The handbell program at Concordia University, a Lutheran university in Sthn California, includes up to 50 ringers annually in five ensembles. Concert Handbells is the most select ensemble which performs in concerts, tours, festivals, and special events. Spirit Bells is also an auditioned ensemble performing in similar events. Resound! is a small ensemble selected from the tour groups. These groups have performed in 34 states and provinces throughout North America as well as in ten nations of Europe and Asia. The ensembles perform on five octaves of Schulmerich and five octaves of Malmark handbells as well as six octaves of Malmark Choirchimes and five octaves of Schulmerich Handchimes.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A new world of music destinations

KIconcerts: A New World of Music Destinations
March is busy at KI. I am on tour this spring break with ensembles in England, Hungary, Austria and France. I have also just been in Croatia to look at exceptional venues in Dubrovnik, Mostar, Split and Zagreb. Our Italy tours begin in May and continue through to July.

We are also preparing tours in India, China, Australia, Greece, Turkey as well as Ireland, Estonia and New Zealand for 2015/16.

I am traveling with these ensembles while our Tour Managers get to know our Directors, to check that hotels, restaurants and buses are keeping to the KI standards and of course to ensure the venues are welcoming, audiences plentiful and concert arrangements worthy of their hard work and talent.

While on the road I am in constant touch with Tanya and Lance as they develop your tour proposals. With oil prices down and the US dollar up there hasn’t been a better time to plan an international tour.

Join us in KI’s world of music.

Oliver Scofield

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A KI week of concerts across 4 countries in 3 minutes – launched and lauded at ACDA

Share in an intense week of KIconcerts performances staged around the world in June last year.

We feature some of the individual and festival concerts presented that week capturing the passion, talent, grandeur, drama, fun and musicality you bring to these unique international performance events.
A Week in KIconerts' World of Music video
We look forward to creating a musical adventure for you as rich and varied as these we present here. Join us for your week in KIconcerts world of music!

Oliver Scofield
Executive Chairman

Monday, February 23, 2015

Ireland Choir Festival with Elena Sharkova, June 2016, more affordable than ever

I hope my note finds you doing well.

Will you be attending the National ACDA Convention this month? I am hoping to meet with directors and choirs interested in touring to Ireland with me in 2016.

As you may have seen the Euro is dropping and KIconcerts is passing all of these benefits on immediately. This means that the price for the festival is already $200 cheaper per person than it was when the festival was announced 6 months ago!

If you are coming to Salt Lake City and wish to discuss the festival, please know you are invited as our guest to a dinner I am co-hosting with KIconcerts on Wednesday, February 26.

In case you are not attending the convention this time, please feel free to email me or the great team at KI back with any questions or requests for further information.

I am delighted to be conducting the Middle School/Junior High Girls Honor Choir this year for ACDA and equally so to be leading a festival in Ireland – a country of unique culture and history, spirited musical traditions, and, of course, magic!

Please, let us know if you are considering joining us in Ireland and, if you are in SLC, for dinner on the 25th.

Warm wishes,
Elena Sharkova
KIconcerts Ireland Choir Festival with Elena Sharkova, June 2016

Thursday, February 19, 2015

July 2016 Janet Galván Ireland Festival more affordable than ever

I look forward to seeing those of you interested in our Ireland Festival at ACDA later this month and am happy to be in email contact with any not going to SLC and who wish to discuss the festival.

KIconcerts has announced they are passing on all the savings from the strengthening of the Euro making most packages around $200 cheaper than when quoted last year. This is an exciting development which I hope enable you to think about your choir or a smaller group of singers joining us for this incredible musical, cultural, and personal experience in Ireland - the Emerald Isle. If you cannot bring your entire choir, a small group of singers might enjoy the experience with the massed choir.

Ireland is full of stunning landscapes, inspirational locations, rich history, and magical warmth. Ireland’s music and dance have become beloved throughout the world. We will experience the culture that inspired this great art. The best part of the tour, of course, is making music in carefully selected venues for Irish audiences. Having toured Ireland with the Ithaca College Women’s Chorale, I can assure you that the audiences are warm, welcoming, and friendly, and singers in this environment perform with a tangible heightened excitement and energy.

Your choir will join other superb choirs for the festival performances and will have the opportunity to perform as individual choirs in astounding venues.

I would be honored to have you join me, and I look forward to the possibility of collaborating with you and your singers.

Ádh mór agus gach dea-ghuí
(May the road rise to meet you)

Dr. Janet Galván
KIconcerts Ireland Choir Festival 2016 with Janet Galvan