Thursday, December 20, 2012

This week at KI - 20 December 2012

This week at KIconcerts

  • attended the Midwest Clinic for Bands and Orchestras in Chicago to catch up with many Directors planning their next international concert tours
  • finalized arrangements for groups traveling between Christmas and New Year including singing Mass at St Peter's Basilica, Rome and singing at Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
  • finalized arrangements for the January performance tour of India
  • developed new concert opportunities in South America, principally Peru and Argentina.
We watched in horror as the tragic events in Newtown, CT unfolded and never felt prouder of our colleagues in education and youth music!

Happy holidays and may there be peace in abundance for humanity to share in 2013

St Peter's Basilica - Rome, Italy & Sagrada Familia - Barcelona, Spain

Monday, December 10, 2012

This Week at KI - 1 December 2012

We know it has been another busy week for our Directors, especially those with choral programs as they stage their holiday season concerts.

At KI we focused on:

  • Visits to Minneapolis and through Wisconsin to meet choral and instrumental directors
  • Hosting our Indian partner for a meeting with the University of St. Thomas Wind Symphony as they prepare for their January concert tour of India
  • Building interest in the Bavarian Youth Music Festival
  • Confirming the Southern Connecticut State University choir’s attendance at the Craig Hella Johnson Barcelona Festival, New Year’s 2013
  • Publicizing the USA Australia Band Festival being held on the West Coast in 2014
And we celebrated the news of the impending birth of a baby boy to one of our great Italian partners.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ticheli – London – Summer 2014

Perform with Frank Ticheli in London and as part of the International Harrogate Festival late June 2014!

London Big Ben - Parliament
  • Combined rehearsals and gala concerts
  • Individual concerts
  • Educational touring
  • Experience England with Frank Ticheli
  • Open to bands and choirs
Bring your full ensemble or 20+ interested players and accompanying passengers (one complimentary package for every 20).

This is truly a unique experience under the direction of one of America’s greatest, in a city steeped in history and mystery.

Contact us for more information

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Life changing venues and contexts to perform in!

One of the great musical thrills is performing in a truly awe inspiring venue. For instance singing at St Peter’s Basilica, Westminster Abbey, Sagrada Familia or Notre Dame Cathedral is a moment frozen in time. Nothing compares to taking the stage at the Sydney Opera House, Berliner Dom, Salle Gaveau or the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. History has been shaped in venues of this caliber! 
Access to famed venues is one thing but intimate fine local venues where you are welcomed as honored guests is another. In addition, exchange concerts give true meaning to the expression ‘the international language of music’. Be truly immersed in the local culture in Europe, Asia, Australia/NZ, the Americas and South Africa. Friends are made for life in these encounters. 

Audiences can make or break a concert – selecting the right venue for the genre, repertoire and time of year is the key to this. We bring the same passion to audience generation that you bring to your music! 

You want to bring an organist – we can suggest venues with working organs and accessible consoles. You need a piano - we can arrange a grand, an upright or even a digital grand. Many ensembles request an electric keyboard – 88 weighted keys of course. You can even plan to perform with a chamber or full orchestra. 

Talk to us about your international concert dreams – let us work with you to make these a reality.


Friday, November 23, 2012

This week at KI - 23 November 2012

This week at KI we are especially grateful for:

  • A great and stable staff team at KI handling flights, traveler registration, touring, music and maintaining client relationships
  • Our returning ensembles – after 8 years of ownership we have increased our return business significantly – the numbers climb steadily year to year
  • Our superb, international partners overseas in Europe, England / Ireland, Australia, China, South Africa, Costa Rica, Mexico and Brazil who care about our musicians as much as we do
  • The slow but steady recovery in the US economy
  • Those who work to keep peace around the world
  • All of those who reached out with concern during the fires here in Colorado Springs as well as for the safety of all of those still rebuilding on the East Coast after the Hurricane.
There is much for us at KIconcerts to be grateful to you for!

Last week was another big week in Colorado 

  • We launched the new Entrée Europe concert tours from $2300 including air fare from NY AND fuel surcharges – 8 X 2 city pairs across Europe for $2300 in winter, $2500 in spring and $2700 in summer including air travel and surcharges!!
  • We hosted a visit by our partner in Puerto Rico to plan out the 2014 concert tour program in Puerto Rico.
  • Confirmed availability of the Sibelius Academy Concert Hall for one of our fine ensembles touring Helsinki in February

Monday, November 19, 2012

Europe! Affordable! Now! - Entrée Europe packages launched

Affordable concert tours to Europe - Entrée Europe

$2300 including airfare and fuel surcharges sees your ensemble performing in Europe. Welcome to a new world of travel to Europe…Entrée Europe!



From $2300 in winter, $2500 in spring & $2700 in summer from New York gateway airports including fuel surcharges and travel taxes as they are today.

The great city pairs 




At $2300 for winter travel (including the fuel surcharges and taxes) performing in Europe can be cheaper than touring domestically and to Hawaii - with far superior service levels and the once in a life time chance to perform in historic Europe!


A full concert in each of two cities with one additional outreach or exchange style performance.


Entrée Europe provides breakfast daily and 4 dinners – the others are for you to plan to have ‘picnics by the river’, dine in small groups or arrange your own group meals

Time to explore

A half day at least in each major city to choose the highlights you want your ensemble to see. Your full time travel manager can assist you to make any bookings you require


We provide the canvass, you paint the picture. Bus transfers daily even on the days when there is free time to explore the city.


3 star + hotels – twin share - safe and comfortable. Usually within 30 minutes of the city center.

Have a look at our budget tips for funding concert tours. Let us know what airport you would like your tour priced from and if there are any features you wish to have added and we will forward you a proposal to distribute to decision makers and potential travelers. Click here to contact us.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Perform with Joshua Habermann - Rome June 2014

PASSION OF ITALY - Tour Italy, Individual performances, Combined Festival concert, Sing Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, Options to extend to Florence/Venice

Join Joshua Habermann’s 2014 Passion of Italy Festival experiencing the local history and culture while performing individually and combining for a gala concert as well as the singing of Mass by the combined choir at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

See Joshua describe the festival in his own words and view moments of the 2012 Passion of Italy festival choir singing Mass at St Peter's Basilica.

Joshua is a natural music educator and a sought after clinician. See his biography for more information. He will ensure lifelong musical memories are created for all participants in the 2014 Passion of Italy. 

Contact us for more information

If 2014 is your touring year, but you are not heading to Italy then tell us your custom tour destination wishes or join us for one of our 2014 festivals:

Craig Hella Johnson - SPAIN (New Year 2013)
Henry Leck - AUSTRIA
Heather J. Buchanan - AUSTRALIA
Hilary Apfelstadt - IRELAND
Frank Ticheli - UK (choir & band)
Alicia W. Walker - SOUTH AFRICA
John Dickson - GERMANY
Kevin Meidl - BAVARIA


Monday, November 5, 2012

Paris 2014 – join Dr. Glenn D. Price!

INTERNATIONAL BAND FESTIVAL - led by Dr. Glenn D. Price - Tour France, Individual performances, Combined Gala concert


Dear Friends,

I am writing to invite you and your ensemble to join us for a one-of-a-kind spring tour experience to Paris in 2014. Following the success of our musical tours to China in 2008 and London in 2012, I am delighted to have been invited to lead this special musical and educational project to France.

Our most recent project to London last spring proceeded fantastically well. All the arrangements were terrific and the students had a very rich range of activities, from concerts with their own school groups, tons of sight-seeing, lots of fun in general and of course, our combined “Festival Wind Orchestra” experience.

To the left is a picture from our final concert, so you can see the truly grand nature of the occasion. It was personally very moving and a great honour for me to be part of such a meaningful life experience for all of the students.

The core tour involves an independent itinerary for you and your group, usually of about a week, with the balance of performance, cultural and recreational events that you prefer. All the touring groups then combine forces for two major shared concerts in a world-class venue and also are combined to form the “Festival Wind Orchestra”, that I have the pleasure to rehearse on site and conduct for the conclusion of the two Gala concerts.

More detailed information about costs, itineraries etc. is immediately available, so please let me know if you would like to have a brochure forwarded to you, so that you can have a better idea of the rich range of experiences included in this package event.

I will also mention two further aspects that may make participating easier for you. Some school programs have been very successful in applying for external funding. With the French component it may “tick more boxes”, for both government and corporate support.

Also, you may wish to team up with your French or History departments, and have other students come along, who would not be part of your performing ensemble, but would share the rest of the experience and enjoy additional activities during rehearsal times etc. It might give a school administration more reason to get behind a large project like this.

I hope that you have had a great year and I invite you to be in touch with me if you have interest in joining us in for Paris 2014!

Warm Regards,


Dr. Glenn D. Price
Director of Wind Studies
College-Conservatory of Music
University of Cincinnati

Monday, October 29, 2012


Johannesburg & Pilanesberg with Alicia W. Walker - May 2014

It is with great anticipation that I invite you to join me for a Festival of Choral Music in South Africa. The power of music to bring people together will be very much in evidence as we gather there in May, 2014.

The vibrancy of the South African culture and history will provide a meaningful well from which you and your singers will draw a deep understanding of cultural exchange and musical collaboration. You will have the opportunity to gather with other choirs from the US, and to perform with and for singers from South Africa, building a global community in a brief window of time.

The proposed program will include American and African music, with perhaps a Mozart Missa Brevis for the combined choirs. In addition we are offering a separate opportunity to sing the Brahms Requiem with the University of South Carolina and other choristers.

You know the impact that international travel has on us and on our ability to appreciate and value other cultures. Consider the life-changing possibilities for your singers as they experience the beauty and warmth of a people that have struggled for freedom and prosperity in ways that many of us will never know.

I hope you will consider bringing your choir to South Africa to experience the breathtaking landscape, the rich culture, and the opportunity to create community through the choral experience

Alicia W. Walker

Monday, October 22, 2012

Vivaldi's 'Gloria' - Rome - June 2014 - an invitation

Sing in Italy with Eric Stark

I wish to introduce you to the 2014 Chamber Choir Festival in Rome, Italy, featuring Antonio Vivaldi’s exuberant “Gloria” for orchestra and chorus! Our festival brings together one of the greatest works ever in one of the world’s most magnificent cities for a cultural and performance experience second to none. I look forward to sharing this unforgettable opportunity with you and your singers!

Chamber choirs are especially welcome. Often, the opportunity to sing a major work for chorus and orchestra is only available to large groups. However, we know that some of the very best choruses are smaller, often numbering 60 or less.

You might consider taking the opportunity to perform some or all the Vivaldi “Gloria” before coming to Italy for the festival. (The first two movements make a brilliant choice for your holiday concerts!!). The genius of the composer’s composition is that the Vivaldi “Gloria” is a major work that can be performed with far less than 100 voices, depending on the circumstances.

We hope our festival, culminating in June 2014, in one of the world’s most culturally and history rich cities, Rome, can be an exciting part of your 2013-2014 programming. Working on this amazing repertoire, perhaps even performing it at home with your own ensembles, will reward your singers with the wonderful exposure to the majestic sounds of voices combined with instruments, in one of the most timeless and thrilling works of all time.

Be in contact with me regarding the music and with KIconcerts for touring information.

I look forward to seeing you in Rome!


Eric Stark
Artistic Director, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir
Professor of Music and Director of Graduate Studies, Butler University

Monday, October 1, 2012

An invitation to sing at the Sydney Opera House!

Voices Across the Pacific - The US/Australia Choral Festival with Heather J. Buchanan - Sydney & Brisbane/Gold Coast

I am delighted to have the chance to invite you to consider joining me in Australia to sing in the 2014 Voices Across the Pacific Choral Festival in Sydney’s Opera House and my hometown of Brisbane.

The festival will celebrate the work of contemporary composers from both countries Lux Aeterna by Morten Lauridsen and Honour the Earth by Australian composer Sarah Hopkins. I have often dreamed of combining the talents and spirits of singers from both continents and this is our chance to do so!

Let me show you the Australia I know and love while you make new friends, create amazing music and become enchanted with the unique and fascinating land downunder! The 2014 Voices Across the Pacific Choral Festival will be an unforgettable musical and cultural experience.

See you under Southern Skies in 2014.
Heather J. Buchanan

Friday, September 28, 2012

Exploring Your World of Music - destinations of your choice!

Every director and every ensemble has different destination choices. KIconcerts knows this and caters for all wishes and opportunities.

Classic destinations are perennial favorites such as England, Italy or Austria. Some prefer closer to home (and more cost effective) locations such as Costa Rica, Mexico or even Puerto Rico. Others are seeking pioneering destinations such as China, South Africa, Australia or even India – countries you know your musicians are less likely to travel on their own. Each offers its own amazing riches, culture and of course venues.

Share your dreams and let us prepare proposals for you to consider. We can fly you to our Colorado office to plan the tour together. We can arrange conference calls with you, us and our partners in each of our destinations. Indeed our partners from overseas are often visiting us for meetings with directors (our partner in India will be in the office in mid November if you wish to explore this magnificent destination with us at that time).

Yours sincerely
Oliver Scofield signature 
Oliver Scofield,

Friday, September 7, 2012

Craig Hella Johnson invites you to join the Ano Nuevo Festival in Spain - New Year 2013

I want to invite you to consider joining the Ano Nuevo Festival I am leading over New Year 2013.

The festival will bring fine singers together from around the U.S. to sing in the beautiful city of Barcelona – festival details. We invite full ensembles or groups of singers (and their friends) to join us for the combined gala concert and for individual concerts as you wish.

December 28, 2013 will be a great time of year to travel, airfares are at their cheapest, the Mediterranean is temperate and we get to celebrate New Year's Eve in an extraordinary world city that is vibrant and colorful at any time of year! Indeed, I know people who love the city so much they use the name as an adjective to express the indescribable..."Barcelona."

I will be shaping a program structure that will illuminate the gifts of each individual choir while crafting a gala concert which will be a joyous celebration of the power of singing together. It will be so exciting to have this opportunity to gather with friends, old and new, who love choral singing for this feast of music making.

Be in contact with me regarding the music and with KIconcerts for touring information.

I look forward to exploring magnificent Barcelona with you.

– Craig Hella Johnson

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

An invitation from Frank Ticheli to perform with him in England - summer 2014

I would be pleased if you would consider performing with me in gala concerts and staging your own individual performances in England in 2014.

I am honored to have been invited to present our finest musicians at the prestigious Harrogate International Festivals in early July 2014. In addition to the combined literature, there will be great opportunities for exchanges and local cultural immersion in Harrogate for your ensemble.

The Festival starts in London with our rehearsals, sightseeing and individual concerts, in addition to the gala concert which we hope to stage at the magnificent Central Westminster Hall. We will explore this great city together as we make music on a scale seldom heard over there.

This is my 3rd festival with KI. In 2008 I was commissioned by KI to write Angels in the Architecture in celebration of the festival being staged at the Sydney Opera house and in 2011 I was equally honored to lead 220 musicians in Rome to a stunning finale rendition of Vesuvius.

Festivals such as this are extraordinary opportunities to

  • perform individually in stunning venues
  • or bring a smaller number of performers and just enjoy all of the combined performance activities
  • feel the intensity and camaraderie of joining with other musicians in a bigger setting
  • give me a unique chance to share my music more intimately with your players.

I know that international touring provides a huge boost to any program while being a considerable amount of work. Festivals offer a level of accessibility to smooth the way and KIconcerts is able to support you throughout the planning process.

Please be in touch with me if you would like to cover any of the musical issues and with KIconcerts for any information on the practical arrangements.


Frank Ticheli

Saturday, September 1, 2012

An invitation to Austria from Z. Randall Stroope

Come to Austria to perform in a program that I have selected for our gala concert in Salzburg.

Is there a greater place on earth for fine choral music than Vienna or Salzburg?
  • Sing in the combined choir – full choirs and parts of choirs most welcome
  • Sing individually if you wish
  • Enjoy the 'behind the scenes touring' experience that KIconcerts will create
These are my favorite cities in the world!

I hope there may be a chance for me to share them with you as we share our music with Austria.

Z. Randall Stroope

Thursday, August 2, 2012

17 ensembles head for the Olympics - while we plan other unique 2013/14 concert tours


KI presents 17 fine ensembles in London over the next two weeks performing at various sites celebrating the Olympic Games: Olympic Park, London Live venues, at the Olympic Sailing competition, Westminster Abbey, Canterbury and Southwark Cathedrals with one even performing outside of the Palace. 

We wish them luck and safe travels for this great adventure!


Summer is also a great time for us to talk to ensembles (small and large) about joining one of our superb 2013 European festivals:

Join Bruffy in Berlin, Stroope in Austria, Gackle & Wyatt in Italy, Habermann in Costa Rica, Hella Johnson & Kennedy in Spain, Dilworth in France, Willcocks in England.
In order to assist smaller groups attend 2013 festivals we offer 2 complimentary packages for 30+ travelers (normally 40)


We know many are currently planning their 2014 custom and festival tours

Leck in Austria, Buchanan in Australia , Apfelstadt in Ireland,
Hella Johnson in Spain, Ticheli in the UK (choir & band), Habermann & Stark in Italy, Walker in South Africa, Dickson & Meidl in Germany.

CUSTOM TOURS are our other great specialty and we are working with so many fine ensembles for their 2013 & 2014 custom tours being staged all over our world of music.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Band performance opportunities around the world with KIconcerts

KIconcerts international band tours and festivalsYour World of Music
Band performance
opportunities in events
and venues around the world

on four continents

Spring and Summer
 KIconcerts proud supporters of the World Association of Marching Show Bands

Monday, May 14, 2012

Costa Rica - Spring - 2013 Choral Festival with Joshua Habermann from $2095*

KIconcerts is proud to announce that Joshua Habermann will be leading the 2013 festival in Costa Rica which will be held from April 1, 2013.

A renowned clinician, festival leader and music educator, Joshua Habermann conducts the Dallas Symphony Chorus and is passionate about the music and culture of Latin America. In his words: 

I am excited to be leading the Spring into Costa Rica Festival. Costa Rica is truly a land of beauty and warmth, a culture rich in music and history, a people hospitable and welcoming. 

In addition to the option of performing individually and having exchange concerts; ensembles will have the opportunity to come together to sing in the festival choir. The slated repertoire for the festival choir is eclectic, and will include both American and Costa Rican pieces that have been specifically chosen to reflect the heritage of the singers, and the beauty of the Latin American culture we will experience. I hope you will join us in Costa Rica! 
Kind regards,

Joshua Habermann

Costa Rica is one of the most affordable 'closer to home' international destinations - with natural wonders, unique flora and fauna as well pristine beaches, stunning volcanic formations and commanding rain forests. There are numerous gateway cities from the US enabling the $2095 price to be offered to many - fuel surcharges and air travel related taxes are around $300 per person in addition.
Please contact us for more information

Friday, May 4, 2012

London and Bristol - inviting youth choirs - June 2013

Jonathan Willcocks accepts invitation to
lead a KI festival in England!

I would be honored if you would consider touring England next year as we present individual and combined concert options for participating choirs. I will be conducting the combined choir in my composition of the Pied Piper of Hamlin in both Bristol and London.

England will be firmly in the mind of the world as London hosts the largest cultural and sporting program this year – the Summer Olympic Games. The Royal Wedding and the Queen's Jubilee anniversary, also this year, remind all of the joyous pomp and circumstance for which England is renowned.

In addition to our individual and combined gala performances will be the opportunity to perform alongside English choirs in shared concert settings. This is always the best way to get to know 'the locals'. You may want to extend your visit to Scotland or Wales, or perhaps explore Oxford, Windsor, Stratford on Avon and many other of our most charming destinations.

Full choirs and groups of singers are welcomed. Accompanying passengers are well looked after with parallel programs during rehearsals.

Please feel free to be in touch with me or Kevin Meidl about musical matters and with KIconcerts about the touring aspects of this unique festival opportunity.

I look forward to hosting you in England

Jonathan Willcocks

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Sing Brahms Requiem with Charles Bruffy in the Berlin Dom - Summer 2013

KI is honored that Charles Bruffy has agreed
to lead a festival in Berlin, Germany!



Join me in the Berlin Dom to sing the Peter's edition of the Brahms Requiem.
  • Individual concert opportunities for those that wish them
  • Informative touring
  • Walking in the footsteps of the greatest musical names
  • Opportunities for full choirs and smaller groups of singers to join in the combined choir!!!
Be in contact with me regarding the music and with KIconcerts for touring information

Charles Bruffy

Monday, April 30, 2012

Feature in the Spain International Band Festival with Matthew George - June 2013

KIconcerts is honored that Matthew George has accepted
an invitation to lead a festival in Spain!

  • Perform in Valencia; band capital of Europe  
  • Play individually, in exchange concerts, and/or in the combined band  
  • Perform in stunning venues with enthusiastic audiences  
  • Tour the amazing country of Spain!
Spain's history, culture and music enthralls visitors. The food, architecture and vistas stimulate the senses while its great love of band music makes it the perfect band destination.

Let me introduce you and your musicians to the Spain I know so well. Bring your entire band, or choose to bring a group of your musicians to perform in the combined Festival Band. Join us for this unique chance to perform memorable music and soak in centuries of history! 

I look forward to seeing you in Spain

Dr. Matthew George
Director of Bands, University of St. Thomas

Friday, April 27, 2012

Cantare Roma! Join Lynne Gackle in Italy - June 2013

KIconcerts is honored that Lynne Gackle has accepted
an invitation to lead a festival in Italy!

"Consider joining us as we present the finest young female singers, performing the greatest literature in some of the most recognizable venues in the world.

Cantare Roma is a festival solely for high school- and college-aged women who sing!

JOIN us as we celebrate beautiful music as singers, with appreciative audiences. EXPLORE with us the secrets and the history of Rome. CONSIDER extensions to sing in Florence and/or Venice.
Cantare Roma!!!"  - Lynne Gackle

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Perform with Rollo Dilworth in France - June 2013

KIconcerts is honored that Rollo Dilworth has accepted
an invitation to lead a festival in France!

Sing with a leading youth choir in Lyon
Individual concerts in Paris
Combined festival choir performance
Opt to pay homage to the fallen in Normandy.
For all of us there is a shared romance associated with France. High culture, top fashion and an appreciation for the arts.
Let's venture together - either as whole choirs or groups of singers - to this wonderland making memorable music and soaking in centuries of history!

I hope to see you there!   - Rollo Dilworth

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Join Z. Randall Stroope in Austria - June 2013

KIconcerts is honored that Z. Randall Stroope has accepted an invitation to lead the Austrian Musikkonzerte Festival!

"Come to Austria to perform in a program that I have selected for our gala concert in Salzburg.

Is there a greater place on earth for fine choral music than Vienna or Salzburg?

  • Sing in the combined choir – full choirs and parts of choirs most welcome 
  • Sing individually if you wish
  • Enjoy the 'behind the scenes touring' experience that KIconcerts will create
These are my favorite cities in the world!

I hope there may be a chance for me to share them with you as we share our music with Austria"   -
Z. Randall Stroope

Join us in Austria!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sing with Rollo Dilworth in France - late June 2013

KIconcerts is honored that Rollo Dilworth has accepted an invitation to lead a Festival Choir in France!

As Rollo Dilworth says: "I plan to highlight the works of both North American and French composers, including Eleanor Daley, Rollo Dilworth, Maurice Durufle, Morten Lauridsen, Donald Patriquin and Francis Poulenc.

I am arranging for us to meet and collaborate with local choirs and you will also have the opportunity for individual concerts if desired.

I trust you might consider your choir joining us for what will be a richly rewarding musical and cultural experience!"

Join us in France!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Italy - custom tours & festivals / touring and performing - Wyatt, Gackle, Smith

The most asked about destination at last week's ACDA conference

was Italy.

Rome - Florence - Venice

Pompeii, Tuscany, Amalfi Coast, the Alps, Sicily 

Nothing quite compares to Italy. Rome: imposing seat of a great imperial power, the Vatican - one of the great cities of our world. Florence: the cradle of the Renaissance, the Duomo, David and delights on every corner in this Tuscan gateway. Venice: a gondola ride away... 

Sicily is an island like no other – intimate, boasting a unique history, people and cuisine. Tour Tuscany, marvel at what is left of Pompeii, glide along the Amalfi Coast and consider crossing the Alps to Vienna or Prague. 

Concerts in breathtaking places, sing Mass at St Peter's, exchange opportunities, be transported to places and times from where some of our greatest music comes. Create your own custom tour or join a festival for a few days first: 
  • Our Larry Wyatt festival is in the early Italian summer 2013 – fine choirs, awe inspiring venues, great repertoire
  • Lynne Gackle leads the festival for young women's voices – Cantare Roma! Celebrating the voices of high school and college women - an exciting addition to our roster 
  • Michael Smith, Catholic University of America, is leading an honor choir festival to Rome in late June 2013, individual singers, partial or full choirs are welcome

Our festivals welcome full choirs or partial choirs, perform in the gala concerts, present your own optional concerts and enjoy exchange programs.
Italy calls to all singers at least once in their lives. If the time is right to start planning your forthcoming performance tour to Italy, then contact us now. 


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Austria - custom tours & festivals / touring & performing - Z. Randall Stroope,

One of the two most asked about destinations
at this
week's ACDA conferences
is Austria

Salzburg / Vienna
maybe start in Munich or end in Prague.

There is no greater concentration of charm and music perhaps anywhere in the world. Our custom tours offer concerts, exchanges, the option to sing Mass, the Sound of Music tour and the chance to experience the grandeur of Viennese life.
  • Randall Stroope leads our 2013 Austrian summer festival. A stunning composer, inspirational festival leader and great bridge to the history, culture and music of the region.
    Bring a full choir, bring a partial choir, perform in the gala concerts, present your own optional concerts and enjoy exchange programs.
If Austria is where your heart is heading then be in touch with us for proposals and tour outlines. My father was from Vienna, our European operations are headquartered there. 

No-one knows Austria better than KI!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Berlin with Charles Bruffy - Summer 2013

KI is honored that Charles Bruffy has accepted an invitation to lead a the Festival Choir at the Berliner Dom (tbd).

As Charles Bruffy says
"Berlin! One of my favorite cities in the world, and hopefully soon, one of yours as well. The Berliner Dom, the Brandenburg Gate, the Gendarmenmarkt... the currywurst! A city with a history that changed the world, a culture that inspired generations and a future.

The Berlinerdom was built as "the protestant counterpart to St. Peter's Basilica of Rome". It is an extraordinary building, and the perfect place for us to stage what is arguably the finest choral work of all time, the Brahms Requiem. Berlin is gateway to many other fascinating cities in Europe, and your chorus will have the chance to stage individual concerts as you wish.

We all love nothing more than to create music worthy of our talent, honoring the literature and in places and spaces for which it was written. Please join me for what is sure to be a memorable and remarkable performance opportunity! Berlin, summer 2013.

Join me in Berlin!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The greatest band performance opportunities - Your World of Music

Concert bands, marching bands, jazz bands…bands of quality are invited to represent the United States at many events around the world. Great custom tours are also offered to any of the various destinations KIconcerts serves on 4 continents including: Europe, (for instance Italy, the UK, Austria, Germany, Spain, France), Australia, China, India, South Africa, Brazil, Costa Rica.

Winter is the most cost effective time for traveling to Europe – from $2500* per person.
(not yet including taxes and fuel surcharges)

Spring Events 

Summer Events 
  • Spain International Band Festival – Barcelona, Madrid & Valencia 2013 
  • World Music Contest Holland 2013 – all bands over 4 glorious summer weekends 
  • World Championship of Marching Show Bands, compete in Japan 2013 
  • World Championship of Marching Show Bands, compete in Brazil 2014 
  • Frank Ticheli – feature at the Harrogate Festival, England, 2014 
  • Rasteder, Germany – an annual friendship festival for concert and marching bands

KIconcerts is proud of its long and preferred relationship with the World Association of Marching Show Bands.

Check us out on Facebook for further information about KI and any of these outstanding events as well as our custom tour offerings in a destination of your choosing.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Rome Festival for Young Women's Voices - Cantare Roma!

KI is honored that Dr. Lynne Gackle has accepted an invitation to lead a festival of young women's voices in Rome.

As Dr. Gackle says “The very mention of this beautiful city conjures up thoughts of beauty – music, art, architecture and a history thirsting for us to come in touch with it. This is the center of a culture that influenced the world! I am excited about the possibilities of this festival and hope that you will consider this opportunity for the young ladies in your choir.

We hope you will consider joining us in Rome in June of 2013 for this very special choral festival especially designed for young women –Cantare Roma! Through rehearsals, we will explore some of the great choral literature written especially for women's voices from the past and present! In addition to making beautiful music, we will have the opportunity to perform in some of the world's most beautiful venues while creating friendships with other young women through song."

Spero di vederti presto! Ciao!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The World Association of Marching Show Bands invites your band!

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Fine Marching Bands invited to represent the US at prestigious competitions and festivals presented by the World Association.

These feature great venues perfect for marching bands, large and enthusiastic audiences, bands from all around the world to teach and learn from, a variety of performance opportunities as well as the Championship itself.

International opportunities of this caliber are rare!

The annual 2012 Rastede Concert and Marching Band Festival in Germany is held at the end of June into early July every year. This is a World Association sanctioned event (not a World Championship). Enjoy the camaraderie and fellowship of this friendly community event prior to visiting other cities or countries in Europe.

The World Championships for Marching Show Bands is held in a different part of the world every year.
2013 – August 8-11, Chiba, Japan
2014 – July 27-August 1, Atibaia, Brazil

KIconcerts is proud of its long involvement with the World Association and looks forward to presenting the finest US marching bands in these international events.

Further information on festival touring information as well as custom tour opportunities from

Information on the competition rules and further information on the World Association of Marching Show Bands from

KI welcomes its new Director, International Programs

 We are thrilled to announce a new role at KIconcerts, Director, International Programs. Kelly Sparks has been appointed with a view to further strengthening our relationships with our Directors and Conductors. Kelly, who has 20 years experience in sales and marketing, will be working closely with Oliver to liaise with you as you plan your performance tours of the future. 

We are excited!!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A World of Custom Tours

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KIconcerts is proud of its custom tour offerings. Custom tours allow for travel to so many of the great destinations around the world and can be tailored precisely to the needs of every individual ensemble.

Europe – North, South, Central
Culture, tradition, the cradle of western music, the birth of the renaissance, contemporary history
Berlin, Rome/Florence/Venice, Paris, Barcelona, Vienna/Salzburg, Prague, St Petersburg, Tallinn and so many extraordinary towns, villages and communities in between.

The British Isles
England – London – the jewels in the crown, Stonehenge, Oxford/Cambridge, Windsor, Canterbury, York – Cathedrals, the underground, the Royal pageantry, Westminster/ Big Ben - pomp and circumstance.
Wales, Scotland – dialects, traditions, communities that beckon.
Ireland – Dublin, Killarney, Cork, Limerick, Belfast

South Africa
Rhythms and movement innate.
Johannesburg, extra-ordinary SOWETO, Pretoria, GAME PARKS!!!
A Rainbow Nation finding its way…pioneering exchanges, common ground through music, shared futures.

5000 years, mysterious, opaque yet welcoming and important. Music recognizable - music unique. Forbidden City, Forbidden City Concert Hall, perform on the Great Wall, Shanghai – Asia’s New York, Xi’an Warriors, Hong Kong.

Australia/New Zealand
New Worlds, new people, 50,000 years of indigenous existence in Australia; the Sydney Opera House, The Great Barrier Reef – visible from space, the Rain Forrest tiny organisms over millions of years, sky rail swooping over the canopy, Tjapukai Aboriginal welcome.
New Zealand; Land of the Long White Cloud , 2 amazing islands. Shooting geysers, bubbling mud, glaciers, snow and a South Pacific population proud and resilient.

Costa Rica
A central American paradise. Welcoming, national concert hall, cathedrals, natural wonders – volcanos, rain forests, pristine beaches. Perform, exchange and share.

A pioneering destination. A land of sensory excitement, fine venues, great audiences and a desire to connect to other styles of music. Dynamic, young, cultures, contradictions – a tremendous past and future worthy of your attention and beckoning your performance.

Choose when to travel; cheapest into Europe over winter, explore the Southern or Northern Hemispheres in Spring before the peak season, travel in summer when the days are long and everyone has holidays. Or just pick a holiday week, Thanksgiving, Easter, President’s or Martin Luther King Day or a week with two weekends when no-one else is travelling.

Perform as much as you choose. Tour as much as you please. Leave as much time as you wish for your people to explore these new lands, sounds and tastes.

Go big – the premium city halls, go intimate and perform to full houses in smaller towns, make your mark and perform at St Peter’s Basilica or bring an audience of 2000 to their feet at the Sydney Opera House. It’s your tour…its your choice.

Talk to us about your touring aspirations. Let us prepare proposals and tailor the tour to your specific needs. Custom tours – customer’s tours!