Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Meeting at Midwest Conference - Custom Tours and Ticheli Festival

Dear Friend

It is that time of year again when many of us will be heading to Chicago for the Midwest Band and Orchestra Conference.

I will be there all day Thursday the 18th and Friday morning the 19th.

Please let me know if you are coming and if you have time to meet to discuss any of our international custom performance tour options or the Ticheli Festival in Spain, June 2016. Frank has offered to make time on Thursday to meet Directors interested in the Spain festival.

Let me know if you can meet and we will arrange a rendezvous point at McCormick Place.

I have included updated KI information below.

Best wishes

Oliver Scofield

KIconcerts: Frank Ticheli Festival in Spain 2016

Our 2016 festival features Frank Ticheli


Our custom tour destinations include:

Europe: Italy, Austria, France, Spain, Greece, Central Europe, Czech Republic, Hungary, Finland/Estonia, Croatia/Slovenia
UK/British Isles: England, Wales, Scotland, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
Asia/Oceania: China, Australia, New Zealand, India
The Americas: Costa Rica, Argentina, Peru, Mexico
Africa: South Africa

KIconcerts – America’s leading international concert tour organizer!

  • We offer a great range of international custom tour destinations to suit all genre, budgets and performance aspirations
  • Our roster of international festivals is second to none led by outstanding educators/conductors and composers
  • Audiences matter to us as much as they do to you - our concerts are well promoted and staged to attract the maximum audience - attentive and warm
  • Safety, comfort and ease are the hallmark of our accommodation, restaurant and coach arrangements
  • Tour Managers and local guides are selected for their empathy for musicians - making history come alive - informative not intrusive
  • You are welcome to contact any of our previous clients to get their views on KI

KI's prices include:

  • Tips
  • 2 good meals a day
  • Core travel insurance
  • All sightseeing and entrances listed
  • Safe, clean and comfortable twin share 3.5 star hotels
  • Private bus and own travel manager for groups of over 40
  • One complimentary package for every 20 full paying travelers
  • 24 hour emergency back up in the US and in the country of travel
  • Fuel surcharges and air travel taxes (up to the current $500 p/p)
  • Access to our MyKIconcerts.com tour planning program for directors and travelers
  • Concert arrangements – venues, audience, accompaniment, rehearsals, festival costs
In addition we do not charge extra if a group requires individual billing or the group’s numbers require an additional bus/tour manager.

We will match the pricing of any comparable tour.

We invite new clients to visit our office team in Colorado as our guests – knowing that personal relationships are the cornerstone of every successful tour.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

FREE concerts by one of Australia’s finest school orchestras

We are staging one public concert in Boston (December 10, 2014), one in NYC (December 13) and another in the DC area (December 17) by this well loved Australian school Symphony Orchestra.


Melbourne Grammar School Symphony Orchestra 
at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Wednesday December 10, 2014 at 7.30pm

FREE CONCERT 
Auditorium Theatre 
41 Berkeley Street Boston 02116

The repertoire will be selected from: Offenbach - Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld, Dvorak - Cello Concerto 1st movement, Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Brumby - Festival Overture on Australian Themes, Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto 1st movement, Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.3 1st movement.

at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle
Saturday, 13 December 2014 at 2.30pm

FREE CONCERT
405 W 59th St, New York, NY 10023

The repertoire will be selected from: Brumby - Festival Overture on Australian Themes, Dvorak - Cello Concerto - 1st movement, Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Grainger - Irish Tune from County Derry, Handel - Ombra mai fu (Largo from Xerxes), Glinka - Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla, Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto - 1st movement, Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.3 - Andante & Finale.

at George Washington Masonic National Memorial Theater
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 at 1.30pm

FREE CONCERT 
101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria 22301

The repertoire will be selected from: Glinka - Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla, Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Grainger - Irish Tune from County Derry, Handel - Ombra mai fu (Largo from Xerxes), Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto, Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.3 - 1st movement.

"...remarkable performances by an orchestra of school students."
China Daily - Beijing
Melbourne Grammar has educated a record 3 Australian Prime Ministers and its alumni are leaders in all fields: corporate, civic, spiritual, sporting and political. The School’s Symphony Orchestra has a proud 60 year history touring internationally including China, Malaysia, Japan, across Europe and the United Kingdom.

The Orchestra’s Director, violinist Mark Drummond, has been concertmaster with a number of orchestras including the State Orchestra of Victoria and the Philharmonia of Melbourne and maintains an active performing career as concertmaster of the Australian Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and freelances for many distinguished international artists touring Australia - just last month Andrea Bocelli.
"It is a large orchestra of astonishingly high general quality."
The Musical Opinion - London
This US tour will see the orchestra of 56 travel the east coast, performing in Boston (Dec 10), New York City (Dec 13) and Arlington, VA (Dec 17) before they head back to Australia’s warm summer holiday festivities.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Perform in Austria with Rollo Dilworth - Notes of Joy Choir Festival, June 2016

KIconcerts: Notes of Joy Choir Festival Austria 2016

Dear Director

If you’re thinking of a 2016 concert tour then consider joining me and the KIconcerts team in Austria. Our 2016 Notes of Joy Festival features individual performances, combined gala concerts in Vienna and Salzburg as well as extension touring and further concerts.

Our festivals are a great blend of individual ensemble touring as well as combined rehearsal and performance.

Any ensemble traveling overseas needs time to experience new cultures and the people of the great cities they are visiting as well as to have their own performance spotlight. Many also enjoy joining with other choirs in exceptional venues in front of large audiences under the Artistic Director of their chosen festival.

Nothing matches the spirit of international touring, little replicates a lifetime’s musical memories and the joy evident on singers’ faces when performing in some of Europe’s finest acoustics.

We all know that international touring is a major undertaking, but one that we see communities support as their ensembles are elevated to the world stage. There are few international choral destinations as compelling as Austria.

Let us know if touring overseas in 2016 is achievable for your ensemble
Rollo Dilworth
Rollo Dilworth

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Young people singing internationally - Henry Leck’s 2016 French Riviera Choir Festival

Conducting children and young people is my life’s passion. There is something special about staging children’s and youth choirs overseas. I am confident we have selected an extraordinary destination for our 2016 festival - French Riviera.

We program individual concerts and performances for those that want them. Choirs combine for rehearsals, songfests and gala concerts in commanding settings with great European acoustics and warm overflowing audiences. Our young singers instinctively know the magic and energy of collaboration.

I am often asked why international touring is important, or even relevant, given limited resources. I believe touring young people’s choirs overseas:
  • allows them to reach an elevated level
  • builds longevity through energizing new interest
  • creates camaraderie that comes from traveling together for a week
  • enables young singers to touch the cultures from where so much of our musical tradition flows
  • allows young singers to be musical ambassadors for their community, state and country.
It facilitates life changing experiences!

I consider the safety and comfort of proposed destinations. I reflect on the repertoire to match and challenge the talent of the registering choirs. I think about the appropriateness of venues and what instrumental accompaniment will provide the richest musical experience. I also look to strengthen your work with your singers, honoring your great talent and dedication.

I’m pleased to invite you to our 2016 French Riviera Festival.

Henry Leck
Henry Leck


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Custom tours around the world - Ticheli Festival in Spain

Europe, UK/Ireland, Australia, Asia & the Americas welcome America’s instrumental ensembles




KI tours bands, orchestras and choirs to many fine destinations including:


Europe: Italy, Austria, France, Spain, Greece, Central Europe, Czech Republic, Hungary, Finland/Estonia, Croatia/Slovenia
UK/British Isles: England, Wales, Scotland, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
Asia/Oceania: China, Australia, New Zealand, India
The Americas: Costa Rica, Argentina, Peru, Mexico
Africa: South Africa



We are honored to once again be working with Dr. Frank Ticheli who will lead the 2016 Spain Festival in June. Dr. Ticheli anticipates the festival will feature a collaboration with renowned Spanish musicians.

There are also opportunities to perform in many great events around the world such as the Sydney Royal Easter Show, the UK National Band Festival and the Mid Europe Wind Band Festival in Schladming.

KIconcerts:

  • Audiences matter to us as much as they do to you - our concerts are well promoted and staged to attract the maximum audience - attentive and warm
  • Safety, comfort and ease are the hallmark of our accommodation, restaurant and coach arrangements
  • Tour Managers and local guides are selected for their empathy for musicians - making history come alive - informative not intrusive
  • You are welcome to contact any of our clients to ask their views on KI

Our prices include:

  • Tips
  • 2 good meals a day
  • Core travel insurance
  • All sightseeing and entrances listed
  • Safe, clean and comfortable twin share 3.5 star hotels
  • Private bus and own travel manager for groups of over 40
  • One complimentary package for every 20 full paying travelers
  • 24 hour emergency back up in the US and in the country of travel
  • Fuel surcharges and air travel taxes (up to the current $500 p/p)
  • Access to our MyKIconcerts.com tour planning program for directors and travelers
  • Concert arrangements – venues, audience, accompaniment, rehearsals, festival costs
  • Any additional costs that might be incurred if individual billing is required or group numbers require an additional bus and/or tour manager

We will match the pricing of any comparable tour.

We invite new clients to visit our office team in Colorado as our guests – knowing that personal relationships are the cornerstone of every successful tour.

There are solutions for the unique issues associated with traveling instrumental ensembles. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your next international tour with you at your convenience.




Thursday, October 16, 2014

Join Larry Wyatt’s Budapest/Vienna choir festival - May 2016


I am so pleased to have been asked to conduct a festival performance in Budapest, Hungary in late May, 2016.

Budapest is a beautiful city on the Danube with a rich cultural heritage. Since the 1990’s Budapest has made great strides in modernizing while maintaining the charm and somewhat exotic characteristics of its interesting history. Before the Romans the city was a Celtic community – later it was a center of Renaissance culture - eventually the Ottomans ruled the area for 150 years. Each of these civilizations left their stamp on the city.

I am proposing that we perform either Mozart “Sparrow Mass” or Haydn “Lord Nelson Mass” as our combined festival repertoire. I will consult with registering Directors prior to finalizing the repertoire.

I look forward to exploring this unique city and to working with an outstanding festival choir and orchestra.

I hope that you will join me

Dr. Larry Wyatt

Contact KI for tour details | KIchoirs on Facebook

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Keep Calm and Keep Singing - the UK - and Galván & Sharkova Ireland choir festivals in 2016

KIconcerts: UK/Ireland performance tours

By ‘royal decree’ ensembles from around North America are commanded to entertain the citizens of the British Isles.


Concerts in London, exchanges in Wales, performances in Scotland. Festivals and charming good value abound in the Republic of Ireland while Northern Ireland is again open for international performance visitors after decades.

From the place where ‘pomp and circumstance’ were invented come invitations to perform at awe inspiring Cathedrals, to stage exchange concerts, become friends with others that speak (a form of) English, and to participate in two great festivals in Ireland.

June 2016 Rural Ireland & Dublin with Elena Sharkova
  • Children, youth and school choirs
  • Mid June
  • Sing alongside Irish choristers
  • Whimsical rural Ireland and Dublin

July 2016 Belfast & Dublin with Janet Galván
  • Students, youth choirs and community ensembles
  • Early July
  • Warmly welcoming Canadian ensembles too
  • Discover Belfast and explore Dublin

The loyal subjects of the Queen’s realm seek your presence for an audience as do the citizens of the Republic of Ireland!


Friday, October 3, 2014

Sing Italy/St Peter's Basilica - Hella Johnson Festival - under $3000 tours in Dec/Jan

To sing in Italy is to come home to music.


Commanding Rome, the Florence Renaissance, Venetians sailing the world from Venice: Pompeii, Sicily, the Tuscan hills, Cinque Terra, Lake Como and so much more.

Imagine singing Mass at St Peter’s, exchanging with a hilltop community choir in Tuscany, exploring Florence, performing in Venice near St. Mark’s Square. There are countless memorable spaces for concerts in front of warm and engaged audiences.

Tour the Sistine Chapel, marvel at the Coliseum; taste the food - eat pizzas from the place of their origin, sample all the gelato flavors and savor pasta just as it was invented. More than all else hear the sounds of the music, the language and the rich resonant history




Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Children's & Youth Choirs - Leck, Dilworth, Sharkova - France, Austria, Ireland in 2016

Henry Leck • South of France

Rollo Dilworth • Vienna & Salzburg

Elena Sharkova • Galway & Dublin


Staging tours for children and young singers requires special pacing, guiding, food, hotel and touring arrangements.

The musical opportunities also need to be top notch delivering memorable singing moments in great venues as individual choirs and under charismatic and talented leadership for the combined elements.

We are honored that 3 truly great figures in this world are joining KIconcerts to present festivals specifically for singers of this age in 2016.



Friday, September 26, 2014

Austria: custom & festival choir tours including Dilworth in 2016

Austria – The Gateway to Central Europe, the source of so much of our musical inspiration - a land of natural beauty and historic charm.


Sing in Peterskirche, the Votive Kirche or St Stephen’s Cathedral – enjoy genuine immersion through exchanges – walk in the footsteps of the Masters. Sing in Salzburg and relive the making of the Sound of Music while learning the backstory.

Springboard from Austria in any direction – to Prague, to Budapest, to Venice – to Munich or to Berlin.

Visit on a custom tour or feature in a festival for a few days before traveling for further sightseeing/concerts.

Festivals that incorporate Austria include:

Join us in Austria and fill the hills with the sound of music!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Greece: Sing in St Paul's footsteps | Carrington Festival from $3000 | Amazing custom tours

KIconcerts is proud to offer the best range of Greek performance tours! Perform in Athens, sail the Greek Islands, walk in the history of our very civilization, be swept up in the spirit, warmth and distinctive rhythms of life in Greece.

Simon Carrington – under $3000 per person ex NYC
  • winter festival in the warmth of the Mediterranean – Dec 27, 2015 – Jan 3, 2016
  • Perform individually, rehearse with the master, sing in two gala combined concerts with Greek singers under Carrington’s direction
  • Sail to 3 great Islands in one day enjoying Greek dance and song en route

  • Travel as St. Paul did through Greece singing in places of deep significance to Christianity
  • Add the power of your voice to the spirit imbued in these profoundly moving sites

  • Featuring a 3 or 4 day cruise through the Greek Islands including Mykonos, Ephesus, Patmos, Crete and Santorini
  • Sing on board, sing in Athens, sing in an exchange setting with a Greek choir
  • Explore the treasures of this ancient city

  • One of the warmest of Europe’s choral festivals
  • Staged in early July
  • Combining the festival, the 4 day Greek Islands cruise and performances in Athens.

Easter in Greece
  • Greece celebrates its Easter a few weeks apart from us making it the best destination in Europe for tours during Holy week and over our Easter
  • Visitors during late March 2016 will find exchange ensembles welcoming and audiences plentiful

Join us in Greece – experience the hospitality, the passion and the history!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Your 2015/2016 touring planning - choir festivals & custom tours

Friends

The coming of fall is a timely reminder of the exceptional destinations and festivals being finalized now for 2015 as well as new 2016 opportunities.
KIconcerts 2014
Our best season ever – rave reviews for our festivals and revisiting exceptional destinations including Greece and Turkey! Everyone is home happy and safe!!!
KIconcerts 2015
Custom tours throughout Europe – north, south and central, UK/Ireland, South America, Central America, Australia/New Zealand, Asia, South Africa...

Summer festivals: Ireland – Dilworth, France – Breden, Athens/Greek Islands – Hamre, Austria – Kennedy, Italy – Leck, Gentry and Conlon
KIconcerts 2016
Our range of custom tour destinations continues to grow – tell us where you wish to perform!

Our 2016 festival roster will include: Hella Johnson – Rome, Leck – South of France, Dilworth – Vienna/Salzburg, Wyatt – Budapest, Galvan – Ireland.

Please feel free to talk to us about your 2015 & 2016 touring ideas now.

Wishing you well for the singing year ahead

Oliver Scofield
Executive Chairman

Thursday, August 7, 2014

KIconcerts strives to provide the best in customer service.

Sometimes it goes unnoticed and other times we get wonderful feedback such as this from a parent touring in Australia with her North Harford student singing in the Voices Across the Pacific festival.

We received both my daughter's passport and the e-tickets this afternoon. 
I can't thank you and your fantastic team enough for the support these last few days. Not only has the entire trip been fun, interesting and extremely well organized, the assistance of Marilyn and Larina these last 24 hours in particular have been a Godsend. They have gone above and beyond to help ease our burden during a very stressful time. 
You should be so proud of your team. I believe it was Thoreau who said, "To affect the quality of the day ... that is the highest of the arts". To extend oneself in the service of others is not typically found in the professional world today. Good work for fostering such a culture. 
We greatly appreciate KI an will highly, highly recommend your company in the future. 
Cheers

Monday, August 4, 2014

KI’s golden summer ends - 2015/16 planning underway

We trust you’ve had a great summer and hope to chat about 2015/16 touring opportunities before you get busier again.

Our summer season took off when we hosted the Texas Children’s Choir for D Day celebrations in Northern France.

After Eric Stark’s Vivaldi Festival in Rome, we hosted 3 festivals simultaneously: Henry Leck in Austria, Joshua Habermann and Elena Sharkova in Italy and Frank Ticheli in England. In between we operated many unique custom tours across Europe, Central America and were delighted to re-introduce Greece to our ensembles.

Our festival year finished with the Sydney Opera House festival conducted by Heather J. Buchanan at the same time as we hosted the Linn-Benton Community College at the World Choir Games in Riga. LBCC won the top gold award in one of their categories. We were so proud to be associated with Linn-Benton’s golden moment which capped off a busy and successful summer for KIconcerts.

Could we borrow a few minutes of your time to discuss your next international tour before you get swept up in the coming musical year? We have great custom tour options and festival destinations still available in 2015 as well unique 2016 festivals to introduce you to including: Dilworth in Austria, Leck in the South of France, Hella Johnson in Italy and Wyatt in Hungary.

Please remember that we’d be happy to fly you to Colorado to meet the KI team if this is your first tour with us. Our testimonials attest to the basis of our success being great relationships with you, the client.

Let’s be in touch soon

Sincerely
Oliver Scofield
KIconcerts - World Choir Games, Riga - Central Hall Westminster, London - St Peter's Basilica, Rome

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Meetings in Australia re forthcoming concert touring plans

After a very busy few weeks for KIconcerts/Present Australia I am heading home for meetings with ensembles in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney planning their future concert tours. Let me know if a meeting mid-August would be timely.

Passion of Italy 2014 photosSouthport High School Tours Italy
The Southport High School Choir has just returned from Italy where they enjoyed an exchange concert in Rome, sang Mass at St. Peter’s, featured in the Passion of Italy Festival Gala concert before performing in Tuscany and Venice.

Voices Across the Pacific photosVoices Across the Pacific – Sydney Opera House & St John's Cathedral Brisbane
Canterbury College, Northern Territory Music School, Home Hill Choral Society, Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School and male singers from NSW and Brisbane (thanks to the choirs who provided these singers) joined singers from California, New Jersey and Maryland performing Sarah Hopkins’ Honour The Earth' and Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna in Sydney and Brisbane conducted by Dr. Heather J. Buchanan.

SGLC marching in World Choir Games parade - videoWorld Choir Games – Riga
KIconcerts hosted the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir and the Linn-Benton College Choir in Riga for the World Choir Games last week. SGLC won silver and bronze and also connected with local communities through concerts in Helsinki and Tallinn. Linn-Benton won gold and silver topping their Mixed Chamber Choirs category!

Band Workshops with Jason Noble
KIconcerts is staging workshops with an up and coming American band educator and conductor for ensembles in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne this week.

Rollo Dilworth in Brisbane and Melbourne
After his participation in the HICES conference in NSW, KIconcerts is hosting this renowned composer and clinician as he offers workshops in Melbourne and Brisbane in mid-August.

Melbourne Grammar Orchestra in America
KIconcerts is preparing for Melbourne Grammar’s East Coast tour of the U.S. later this year.

I look forward to assisting you with any forthcoming international performance tours you might have in mind and to setting up meetings for mid-August to discuss your plans.

Sincerely
Oliver Scofield

Friday, June 20, 2014

Where in the world are choral greats conducting in June?


What do Leck, Buchanan, Stark, Ticheli, Habermann & Sharkova have in common?

They are all leading festivals with KIconcerts over the next 2 weeks. 

We are so proud to be associated with so many of the greats of the choral world.
2015 and 2016 see also Dilworth, Hamre, Hella Johnson, Breden, Conlon, Gentry leading KI festivals around the world.

Great talent, amazing choirs, engaging repertoire, stunning venues, breathtaking destinations!

In addition to Italy, England, Austria and Australia we also have custom tours in Ireland, Greece, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, New Zealand in the next month. Then there are our ensembles planning for Peru, India, South Africa, China in the near future!

Contact me for further information

Oliver Scofield

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Free tickets to Sydney Opera House concert - Voices Across the Pacific Choral Festival

KIconcerts: Free Tickets, Sydney Opera House Concert
13 July 2014 at 2pm

Featuring
Lux Aeterna
 – Lauridsen & Honour the Earth – Hopkins
Individual choir performances
Pre-concert talk - Body Mapping
KIconcerts: Free Tickets
for students & teachers

Festival choir conducted by Australia’s own

Dr. Heather J. Buchanan 
Professor of Music & Director of Choral Activities,
Montclair State University, NJ, USA • Licensed Andover Educator

Pre-concert talk by Dr. Buchanan
13 July 2014 at 1.15pm


Body Mapping for conductors, singers, instrumentalists.
An exploration into a vital field of study by one of America’s leading proponents

The singer uses his body both to sustain life and to cultivate his art. He can never escape from himself, for his physical life either furthers or hinders his artistic life.  
-Wilhelm Ehmann

For more info or tickets, call 02 8568 4000 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Texas Children’s Choir at Normandy, France, D-Day 70 years on

Friends

Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day; the turning of the tide in the 2nd World War in Europe and the triumph of democracy over fascism. A day we mark in solemn remembrance. KIconcerts is proud to be assisting the Texas Children’s Choir as it sings in various official capacities in Northern France this week and attended today’s commemoration at the American Cemetery as guests of Presidents Obama and Hollande. (see invite)

Three days ago the choir arrived from Texas and later that day they were performing for WWII veterans at the Saint Lo Memorial Hospital. This is a glimpse of the remarkable interaction between singers and some of the surviving heroes from 70 years ago.

KIconcerts: Texas Children's Choir, Normandy France
We wish TCC well as they take part in the official activities to honor all of those who fought for the ideals of lasting peace, democracy and freedom from tyranny. They will sing at Omaha Beach before their finale at the Notre Dame in Paris. We salute the efforts and talents of all associated with these great singing ambassadors representing San Antonio, Texas, the USA and all the world’s young people.

Every musician we have ever hosted to perform at the American Cemetery, lay a wreath and honor the fallen has experienced an emotional and life changing experience.

Music touches the depth, animates the soul and honors the sacrifice.

Sincerely

Oliver Scofield
Executive Chairman

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Happy summer - time to plan your 2015 or 2016 concert tour!

All of us at KI wish you a healthy, safe and happy summer.

We are in the office throughout, working on developing your 2015/16 touring programs. We have 33 great ensembles performing all around the world this month, starting this week with the Texas Children’s Choir performing in Northen France for D-Day 70th anniversary commemorations.

In addition to our great custom tour destinations on 4 continents we offer choir festivals led by some of the greatest in the choral world:

Contact me to discuss these options further or visit us in DC at our Chorus America booth.

Be safe, travel well, stay in touch

Oliver Scofield
Executive Chairman

Friday, May 30, 2014

Perform in the grandeur of Europe

KIconcerts/Present Australia, through its offices in England, Austria and Italy, presents ensembles in England/Ireland, Central/Northern Europe as well as Southern Europe. We stage great custom tours in:
  • England, Wales, Scotland & Ireland (the Republic and Northern Ireland)
  • France, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary and further North
  • Italy, Spain and Greece

We also host exceptional choir and band festivals in Europe such as:

Sing Mass in St Peter’s in Rome, stage your orchestra at London’s iconic Southwark Cathedral, perform with your band in one of the ancient town squares of Germany or Austria. Perform in big cities as well as intimate hospitable town settings.

Concerts, master classes/workshops, exchanges, festivals, cultural immersion, education and informative touring.

Let the KI/PA team turn your touring ideas into proposals to advance your planning.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Choral Odyssey - 2015 Greece choir festival with Anna Hamre

Join us in Athens and cruise the Greek Islands for the Choral Odyssey of a lifetime!

My community choir from Fresno is joining a number of other choirs from the US and Greece to present the 2015 Choral Odyssey Festival in Athens.

Combined concerts, individual concert, touring the living ruins of Greece, experiencing the thrill of the Greek Islands reliving a history that is the foundation of so much that we know today.

I am so excited to be able to sing in Greece and would love it if you could join us.

Anna Hamre

RSVP KIconcerts



Tuesday, May 20, 2014

US Band Clinician to work with talented Australian bands - July 2015, Sydney-Brisbane-Melbourne

Jason Noble
An esteemed colleague, Jason Noble, is visiting Melbourne, Sydney and SE Queensland from New York in mid-July. He has agreed to give 1-2 workshop/clinics in each city on a complimentary basis.

In summary, Jason has an exceptional New York high school ensemble, adjudicates festivals and guest conducts regularly across the US, is the conductor of the Columbia University Wind Ensemble and director of the New York Wind Orchestra.

He is offering your ensemble a master class (60-90 minute clinic) at no cost to the school. Jason would be happy to tailor a workshop around your current needs.

Let us know if you are interested in having him visit for this purpose.


Monday, May 19, 2014

♪ Notes of Joy Choir Festival - Rome, June 2015 with Greg Gentry

Nothing changed my life quite like the concert tour I took to Europe with my high school ensembles when I was 16!

This fuels my enthusiasm to lead the Notes of Joy Festival in Rome in June next year. Imagine singing Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, joining with other choirs for the combined literature at one of the grand churches in Rome and presenting your own concerts as you wish.

I would like to help create this opportunity for you and your choir – or a number of your singers if the full choir cannot join us – to experience what I did all those years ago.

Join with me as we create music and memories to serve you a lifetime.
Please RSVP KIconcerts

Greg Gentry

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Present Australia is changing its name to KIconcerts

Exciting Changes at Present Australia

Present Australia is changing its name to KIconcerts. Michael Clohesy and Oliver Scofield continue to direct and own the company as they do KIconcerts. KI is a leading company solely specializing in performance tours in Europe, the U.S., Asia, Africa, and Central & South America through its offices and specialist partners around the world. The streamlining of our operations through this integration brings you many benefits as seen on the KIconcerts website - we can now serve the international performance needs of our Australian bands, choirs and orchestras in an even more seamless manner. Larina Hansen, our Groups Manager in Sydney, looks forward to discussing your touring needs.

ROLLO DILWORTH in Australia in August - Choirs

HICES is bringing Rollo Dilworth to Australia for a program of activities in Sydney. Rollo is a dear friend of KIconcerts and while he is in Australia he is giving selected workshops in Melbourne and Brisbane. Australian choirs are welcome to consider attending The Rollo Dilworth Festival in Dublin and Belfast at the end of June/early July 2015 before perhaps performing in London. CONTACT US FOR DETAILS

JASON NOBLE in Australia in July - Band

We hosted Jason Noble in Australia last year for band clinics and workshops in Melbourne and Sydney. Jason has agreed to return 16-23 July and will visit Brisbane as well this time. You are invited to register interest if you would like consideration of Jason holding a free clinic for your band. CONTACT US FOR DETAILS 

Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna and Sarah Hopkins’ Honour the Earth

At the Sydney Opera House on 13 July 2014 and Brisbane’s St John's Cathedral on 16 July 2014, Dr. Heather Buchanan will conduct the Voices Across the Pacific Choir in the sublime Lux Aeterna and Honour the Earth. The choir is made up of singers from around Australia and across America.

KIconcerts is happy to make complimentary tickets available to recipients of this newsletter. Just send an email with the number required to KIparticipants@KIconcerts.com


Pre-concert talk: Body mapping – a Conductor’s craft

Dr. Heather Buchanan will give a talk on her research and practice of Body Mapping – a self-inquiry somatic (mind-body) educational technique that teaches musicians how to attain freedom of expression through poised and dynamic musical movement by understanding the neurophysiological connections (body maps) in the human body – in the Northern Foyer of the Sydney Opera House on Sunday 13 July. 

KIconcerts is proud to be building on the great work that Present Australia has undertaken in the international music scene in Australia for some 25 years. We only arrange international concert tours and this sole focus enables us to excel in staging ensembles in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Be in touch to discuss your touring plans.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Can you consider joining our France festival? An invitation from Mary Breden

Dear choral friends

My choir from Loyola Marymount College is joining with a select number of other US choirs to stage a summer 2015 choral festival in Paris.

In addition to our gala concert in the La Madeleine, and our proposed concert in the Cathédrale Saint-Louis de Versailles, are opportunities for additional individual concerts. We will tour Paris and my choir is heading North to pay our musical respects to the fallen at Normandy while one of the other choirs is heading South to the French Riviera for their extension tour.

I would be pleased if you would consider joining us in France on this great Parisian musical adventure.

Répondez s'il vous plaît RSVP KIconcerts

Dr. Mary Breden

Thursday, May 8, 2014

We're proudly giving back to the choral community

KIconcerts is proud to be a major sponsor of these important conferences which bring together the best choirs, directors and administrators in our field. We salute and admire you all!


KI only does one thing…stage the best concert tours around the world…helping give expression to your talent, hard work and vision.


We are proud to serve the North American choral family. 
We can’t say it better than our clients say it for us:


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Combined choral AND instrumental international tour opportunities

KI celebrates those schools that combine their vocal and instrumental ensembles for touring purposes. Let us propose the ideal tour to meet the needs of choirs or bands or orchestras touring together.


There are many great reasons to combine these tours:

  • Building the right numbers to get the best pricing deals
  • Maximizing the participation of all music students so that all gain an equal opportunity
  • Avoiding discussion within the program as to which ensemble should tour next
  • Taking the full talent range of the music program on tour.

Traveling with more than one genre does not mean that any compromises have to be made:

  • Audiences will be invited that welcome a rounded program
  • Venues will be selected that allow all ensembles to shine
  • Exchanges will be secured that involve similar genre to that which you are taking.

Contact us to show you how easy this is to arrange

Oliver Scofield 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

♪ Singing in Austria with Karen Kennedy - June 2015

Austria Sings...
The invitation
JUNE 2015
KIconcerts: Singing in Austria with Karen Kennedy - June 2015
Every singer should have an invitation
to sing at least once in Vienna and Salzburg.

Perform in the land of
Mozart, Haydn, Mahler and other great masters.
Austria, the crucible of so much of our music.


Festival Gala concert, individual concerts
Immersion in this extraordinary culture
Touring, exploring and singing!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sing in Ireland with Rollo Dilworth - June/July 2015

It would be great if you could join us

Ireland Sings
JUNE/JULY 2015
KIconcerts: Ireland Sings with Rollo Dilworth, summer 2015Festival gala performances and individual concerts
Dublin and Belfast in early July next year

We’ll feature some Irish pieces
collaborating with Irish clinicians and young Irish choristers.
North America and Ireland united through song!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Adam Maas - the new band guy at KIconcerts

Greetings fellow band musicians,

I wanted to let you know I have just joined the KIconcerts team. This is such a great fit as I have been playing in wind ensembles for most of my life and have a passion for staging concerts for fine bands around the world.

KIconcerts arranges the finest international band concert tours for ensembles - be it exchange performances in Vienna, with Frank Ticheli in London's Central Westminster Hall, in festivals at the Sydney Opera house, performing outreach concerts in South Africa or last week’s band tour for Snow College in Costa Rica. Wherever we take you, we’ll apply the same planning principles; safety and comfort, performances with great instruments in engaging venues for appreciative audiences as well as hotels, food and great touring that makes up the full exciting package.

Adam Maas, KIconcerts
I took my first performance tour as part of the University of St. Thomas Wind Ensemble with the team from KIconcerts to Australia in the spring of 1998. I fully understood the value of international concert tours from that moment on. I toured again with KI last year, this time to India, as part of UST’s amazing tour there. From this experience I decided to work in the area of planning and operating international concert tours for US ensembles and was pleased to be offered a position at KI, America’s leading international concert tour planning company. I am passionate about getting the touring experience right for bands. I know first-hand the issues involved in moving instruments, the impact of things like different climates etc. and the unique effort involved on your part to move an instrumental ensemble.

I have just returned from hosting a tour in Italy for the Towson University Symphonic Band and have included below some comments we received from the Director a few days ago.

I just wanted to take a moment of your time now to let you know I am now at KI, and that I will be making contact to see how I might help develop the perfect international concert tour for you and your band.

Many thanks and I will be in touch to follow up your thoughts on international concert tour opportunities.


Adam Maas, Director of Client Relations - KIconcerts

P.S. See some of the great pics of Towson University Symphonic Band performing in diverse venues and enjoying a gondola ride last week.



KIconcerts - Towson University Symphonic Band in Italy 2014