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July17-20, 2013

Welcome from the Governor of Montana Steve Bullock

2013 International Choral Festival of Missoula


Welcome from the Mayor of Missoula John Engen

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Welcome Letters Artistic Director & Guest Conductor General Information Sponsors Donors In-Kind Donors Board of Directors Conductor’s Forum History Venue Locations Concert Schedule Finale Concert Australia Canada (Bach) Canada (Coastal) Canada (Kokopelli) China Costa Rica Estonia Finland Germany Poland South Korea Switzerland Taiwan USA - California USA - Kansas USA - New Jersey CD Order Form

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Welcome from the International Choral Festival President Terry Conrad On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers of the 2013 International Choral Festival of Missoula, I welcome everyone who has come to our fair city to sing, listen, and enjoy music from many lands. This is our 9th Festival and it would not happen without the many contributors and sponsors, family hosts and supporters in Missoula and the State of Montana. We'd especially like to thank those of you who have traveled thousands of miles to be here, worked long and hard to raise money and overcome obstacles to join us this year in Missoula. We hope to reward your efforts with hospitality and an unforgettable musical and cultural experience.Thanks also to those of you who are here to enjoy choral music. The performances would be incomplete without you. In closing, I need to acknowledge the dedication of David Heidel, Festival Artistic Director who auditioned and invited the choruses attending this year and crafted the performance schedule... and lastly, the incredible work of two women who are the power source that energizes all of us involved with the Festival—Executive Director Melissa Blunt, and Office Manager Anne Marie Brinkman. Let the 9th Festival begin! – Terry Conrad, President, International Choral Festival of Missoula

ICF Artistic Director David Heidel Born in Broadus, Montana, David Heidel received his Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1976, and Master of Music Education degree in 1986, both from the University of Montana. He taught choir in the Great Falls and Hamilton public schools until 1984. From 1984 until retiring in 2001 he was director of choirs at Sentinel High School in Missoula. During his teaching career, David was president of the Montana Choral Directors Association, and received the Montana Choral Director Association's "Distinguished Service Award" in 2000. Along with Dean Peterson, David was co-founder and co-director of the Missoula Youth Choir until 2000. He served on the International Choral Festival Board of Directors from 1990 until 2001; served on Spokane's Musicfest Northwest Board of Directors, and was voice division chairman from 2004 until 2007. David has adjudicated in festivals around the Northwest and has been the International Choral Festival's Artistic Director since 2007. Currently a registered piano technician and owner of Heidel Piano Services LLC, he resides in Spokane,Washington with his wife, Michele.


International Choral Festival Guest Conductor David Edmonds Dr. David Edmonds is currently the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Montana. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music from Westminster Choir College. Primary conducting studies have included work with Jerry McCoy, Richard Sparks, Joe Miller, James Jordan and Z. Randall Stroope. As a singer, David Edmonds has performed with such conductors as Kurt Masur,Ton Koopman, Helmuth Rilling and John Adams. While an undergraduate student at the University of Nebraska, Dr. Edmonds founded and conducted the High School division chorus of the Nebraska Choral Arts Society. Following the completion of his B.M.E., David Edmonds was a successful secondary choral music teacher for six years in Texas and Iowa. As a composer and arranger, Dr. Edmonds’ choral works have been commissioned and recorded by schools and churches in the United States and Canada. His music is published by Alliance Music Publications, Colla Voce, and MorningStar Music Publishers. Dr. Edmonds lives in Missoula, Montana with his wife Aubrey. They are delighted to be the parents of their 18 month old daughter, Madeleine Claire.

Executive Director Melissa Blunt, (right), and Office Manager Anne Marie Brinkman (left)

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General Information -CONCERTS: Admission Buttons A concert admission button serves as a pass to all Choral Festival concerts.The three Preview Concerts on Wednesday, July 17, are free of charge and no button is required. Admission buttons are $10 in advance online or at button outlets through July 16. Starting July 17, buttons are $15 per person online and at concert venues. Children 12 years and under are admitted free, when accompanied by a button-wearing adult. Buttons are non-refundable and non-replaceable. See page 9 for button outlets. Online Admission Button Purchases If you purchased your button online (either on our website or mobile Guidebook) you must redeem your printed purchase receipt for a button at the concert venue (not the ICF office). Please plan a little extra time to exchange your receipt for your button prior to the first performance you attend (you only need to redeem your receipt once). No Seat Reservations Advanced reservations for seating cannot be made for any Choral Festival concert or event. Concert venues will be open 30 minutes prior to start times. If there is no seating at a particular venue, keep in mind that it is possible that space may be available at a nearby alternate venue. Doors will open at 6:00 pm for the Festival Finale Concert on July 20 at the University of Montana Adams Center.

Special Note Concerning Audience Disruptions The International Choral Festival is a family event and all ages are welcome to attend. Keep in mind that choirs have rehearsed for many hours to deliver a high-quality performance, and activity from the audience not only distracts the singers, but also other concertgoers. Please avoid entering or leaving a concert that is in progress. Many Festival concerts are professionally recorded and audience noise and crying children can degrade the quality of the recording. If a child becomes disruptive, please accompany the child to the lobby or outdoors. Children 12 years and under must be accompanied by an adult at Festival concerts. Photography and Recording Devices The use of all audio and video recording devices, including cameras, is not permitted during Festival performances except by authorized Choral Festival staff who will wear identification badges. Unauthorized users of such equipment will be asked to leave. Prizes and Awards Although 150 choirs are screened and invited based on artistic merit through a rigorous audition process, the choirs do not compete with each other during the Festival, and do not receive prizes. The ICF is a non-competitive showcase Festival based on the idea of bringing people together to share in friendship and harmony.

Chairs at Outdoor Venues - July 17 Since seating is limited at the popular Out to Lunch Preview Concert at Caras Park, we recommend you either arrive early or bring blankets or lawn chairs. No seating is provided at the Bonner Park concert-please bring lawn chairs.

FESTIVAL HEADQUARTERS - MCT: From July 16-21, the temporary headquarters for the Choral Festival will be located on the first floor of the Missoula Children's Theatre (200 Adams Street). Please enter through the lobby doors or the Adams Street entrance and follow the signs. During Festival week the Festival Headquarters telephone number (721-7985) will remain the same as the current Festival phone number.

Concert Schedule Changes Due to the number of international performers and the uncertainty of travel schedules, the concert schedule is subject to change at any time. Please consult the Festival website or our mobile Guidebook to confirm the concert schedule.

Lost and Found The Lost and Found Department will be located in the temporary headquarters at MCT during the Festival. After July 21, all lost items will be transferred to the permanent Choral Festival office (312 East Pine Street).

Adams Center Finale Concert - July 20 A new exhaust system has recently been installed to improve airflow and provide for improved audience comfort. Disability seating is available in a variety of sections in the arena and an elevator between floors is available; please consult an usher for more information. No smoking or alcohol is permitted in the Arena. The AC concession stands will have snacks and beverages available for sale.

Medical Assistance In case of a medical emergency, call 911 immediately. Community Medical Center (2835 Fort Missoula Rd.) and St. Patrick's Hospital (500 W. Broadway) are the primary medical facilities in Missoula. Urgent care facilities for minor emergencies during business hours: Now Care at Southgate Mall, 406-721-0918 and St. Patrick's Hospital at 500 W. Broadway, 6th floor, 406-329-7500; First Choice at 702 SW Higgins, Suite B, (406) 203-4147; CostCare at 1001 East Broadway, (406) 721-5513.


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PARKING: Out to Lunch Parking - Wednesday, July 17 In addition to metered street parking, four public parking facilities are located within two blocks north and east of Caras Park: Central Park Structure at 128 W. Main Street offers hourly parking; Bank Street Structure at 115 Bank Street offers pay-by-license-plate parking on the top level; Park Place Structure at 201 E Front Street offers hourly parking, and the New Park lot, located on Caras Drive by the riverfront, offers hourly pay-by-license-plate parking. The free “Park and Ride� Out to Lunch Shuttle is also available. Simply board the bus at the Lewis & Clark Transfer Center and Dornblaser Park & Ride, or along Higgins Avenue before Caras Park.The first bus departs the Transfer Center at 10:45 am and picks up passengers every 20 minutes.The last bus leaves Caras Park at 1:45 p.m. For more information on this free shuttle, visit the Missoula Downtown Association website at or call 543-4328. University of Montana Parking Lots - July 18 & July 19 A special arrangement has been made so that Festival attendees will not be required to purchase parking passes or permits when attending Festival concerts. Audience members will be allowed to park on campus at no charge during the concerts on July 18 & 19,

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excluding reserved spaces. Please heed special signs marking disabled and delivery vehicle parking and be considerate of driveways and access spaces. Note that cars parked illegally are subject to fines or towing. University of Montana Adams Center - Saturday, July 20 The large Adams Center parking lots provide ample parking at no charge for the Finale Concert on July 20. Parking for those with disabilities is at the east end of Lot P, adjacent and west of Adams Center (closest parking to entrance). Please keep this area open for disabled concert-goers.

PRESS CHECK-IN: Members of the press are asked to register and check-in to receive a press pass at the Festival's Headquarters, on the first floor of the Missoula Children's Theatre (200 Adams Street) anytime after July 17. Press passes guarantee entry to official Choral Festival concerts and other events. Arrangements for filming and photography during concerts must be made with venue site managers prior to each event.To schedule Festival interviews, please contact Executive Director Melissa Blunt at 721-7985.


2013 ICF Sponsors The International Choral Festival offers special acknowledgement and recognition to the following presenting sponsors:

The International Choral Festival is sponsored in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts

PROJECT GRANTS: • City of Missoula • Montana Office of Tourism • National Endowment for the Arts • Montana Cultural Trust • Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation • The Pleiades Foundation FINAL CONCERT SPONSORS: ($5,000 - $7,499) • NorthWestern Energy • Southgate Mall CONCERT SITE SPONSORS: ($3,500 - $4,999) • First Interstate Bank • US Bank CONCERT SITE CO-SPONSORS: ($2,000 – $3,499) • Mountain West Bank • ALPS • Good Food Store • First Interstate Bank • Sun Mountain Sports • The Broadway Inn • Doug and Caryl Klein • John & Sue Talbot • Jim and Marci Valeo MAJOR IN-KIND SPONSORS: • University of Montana • Missoula Children's Theater • KPAX Channel 8 • UM College of Performing and Visual Arts • Bayern Brewery • Morgenroth Music • Doubletree Hotel


SPECIAL EVENT SPONSORS: • Missoula Downtown Association • Missoula Parks and Recreation • Fort Missoula Historical Museum We also extend our heartfelt appreciation to all families and individuals who have graciously hosted our international guests during Festival week. We further acknowledge the hundreds of volunteers who devote countless hours and endless energy toward making the International Choral Festival a success. The international Choral Festival could not take place without your hospitality and dedication!


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We welcome the International Choral Festival to Missoula. Extend the experience by joining Friendship Force International. By connecting the world one friend at a time, we will create a world of friends that becomes a world of peace! The Friendship Force is a private, non-profit citizen exchange organization devoted to fostering world friendship, goodwill and peace through international homestay experiences. For more information... please contact Michael Flanagan, President, Missoula Friendship Force (406) 549-7297

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ICF Benefactors, Supporters and Contributors BENEFACTORS ($1,000 - $1,999) Roger Shuy & Jana Staton RBC Foundation Ernest & Carolyn Dewey Pete & Gingy Heyler Dan & Sophia Lambros William and Robin Tawney Nichols Doug Lawrence Lane Grant & Joel Lankford Dr. Royce Engstrom Allied/Republic Waste Services Treasure State Bank Missoula Rotary Club Allegiance Benefit Management Plan Volkmann Woodworking Knights of Columbus-Missoula Ann & Tom Boone Donna & Jim Koch Ann Sharkey Nancy & David Tyrell Susan J Muralt SUPPORTERS ($500 - $999) Clem and Alice Williams Bill & Lois Hammer Community Bank, Inc Stan & Ann Blunt Lyle and Gail Grimes Dr Irvine and Mary Milheim Father Jim Hogan Karen & Ken Dial In memory of Ruth Dial InterWest Health Garlington, Lohn & Robinson Beach Transportation Junkermier, Clark, Campanella, Stevens Farmers State Bank Mountain States Collision Repair Inc William & Phyllis Bouchee Missoula Community Fund Debbie and Tom Beaudette Mark & Dorcie Dvarishkis Charles & Laura Fricke Betsy Ross & Warren Wilcox Caribbean Music Club of Miami, FL In honor of Pat Tiemeyer Mae Nan Ellingson American Federal Richard Dailey


DONORS ($300 - $499) Ponderosa Dental Group Patricia Burkhardt Fred Luety & Tomi Kent Carol & Bill Burke In memory of John Edward Lipski Terry & Germaine Conrad Saxon Holbrook Anita Nelson Ann Mary Dussault Helena S. Maclay John & Sharene Menson George & Dorothea Lambros Luther E. Lucero In memory of Virginia M Lucero Deborah Mueller In memory of Emily Stearns Pat Simmons In Memory of Don Simmons WGM Group, Inc Hi-Noon Foundation Title Services of Missoula, Inc Anonymous Fred & Diane Bodholt Marilyn Bruya R.F. & Bettina Burke Nancy J DeCou Kathy Derry David Diggs Aubrey & Patricia Dunkum Esther England Anonymous Renie Gibson Dr Don & Mary Gillespie Dr Helga Hosford Anonymous Julie Johnson Craig Langel Jim Burchfield & Melissa Mackenzie Roger & Nancy Munro Janet Palmer Al & Evelyn Raditz Anonymous Jeremy & Ginny Thane Michael & Pat Wangen Twila Wolfe Dennis & Karen Workman Beth Ikeda & Dan Sieckman Matt & Adele Gibbs Fern & Ray Hart University Motors Murphy-Jubb Fine Art

CONTRIBUTORS ($100 - $299) Al Pontrelli In Memory of Mary Claire Pontrelli Dye and Moe Law Missoula Sunrise Rotary Club Bank of America Foundation Dale Harris Ed & Donna Heilman Celeste Maris Kimberly Roth Scott Seifert Anonymous Barney Jette Jewelry Design Gary and Emily Bevington In Memory of Jane A Bevington Bruce & Molly Bowler Dr John Browne J Martin Burke Wayne Chamberlain & Betsy Grimley Thomas & Kathie Dove Mike & Kay Duffield Maureen O'Malley & Tom Facey Fact & Fiction Charles & Bonnie Graham Forest & Irmgard Grieves Curt & Barb Hesler Elmer & Joanne Hintz Judith & John Holbrook J.R.Associates Norman & Maurine Jacobson Charles & Susan Johnson Christine Jorgensen Louise Keeling In memory of C. David Keeling Keith Kuhn Dr Paul & Susan Lauren Beth & Paul Mast Robert McKelvey Martin & Vickie Mikelsons Charles & Suzanne Nuanez Judith & Byron Olson Roemer's Tire Factory Sally Rosenkranz Ruth & Russ Royter Carol & Bob Seim Dale & Carol Stovall The Bookstore at UM Barbara Theroux US Bancorp Foundation Kathleen Magone & Paul Wisniewski Kathryn Witkowsky Melissa Blunt

Nancy & Bruce Bugbee In memory of Sula Donald Carey Dr George & Mrs Jane Dennison Greg Devlin Betsy Doty Loreen Folsom In memory of Ralph & Mary Zoe Craig Gordon Construction Company David & Michele Heidel Jon Johnsen Keith & Wendy Kuhn Arthur and JoAnn Mandell In memory of George Lewis Rustem & Minkie Medora Don & Eula Rider Elizabeth & William Samsel Dave & Deanna Schafer Tom Trigg Wagner's Lillian Wenger In memory of Roy Wenger Col Claude & Barbara White Elaine and Phil Alman C. LeRoy & Jody Anderson Linda & Larry Anderson Anonymous Anonymous Marjorie Appelman In memory of Fred Appelman Axiom IT Solutions, Inc Lois Blevins Maybelle Bockemuehl In memory of Harold Bockemuehl Laura & Scott Bovard Jean Bowman Yvonne Bradford In Honor of Dan Comstock Harold & Arlene Braun Dr David & Fay Buness Steve Carey Carl Seielstad & Family Karen Orzech & Lance Collister Dalpiaz Law Office Milt & Joan Datsopoulos Dr Troy Shaw, Orthodontist Kimberly Dredger Donna Duncan Maxine Eliason Ken Fielding Thomas Finch In memory of June Delaney Finch George & Martha Fleming Westin and Matt Gibbs Weber Greiser & Mary Langenderfer In memory of Margrit Syroid

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Barry and Kay Hartman Carolyn & Jim Hathaway Robert & Mickey Hawkins Mary Kay Hoag Bob & Barbara Hollmann Carroll and Annelle Ingram Mike & Anita Jakupcak Martha Newell & Mike Kadas Kathy & Gary Kahl Robin Abeshaus & Stephen Kalm Paul & Chris Kilzer Joyce Koostra Mary Lewis In memory of Alice Lee Lund David and Susan Lowery Gretchen & Bill McBroom In memory of Kenneth A. McBroom Danhesh Medora & Robin Webster In Honor of Rustem Medora Geraldine Mehlhaff Rolly & Peggy Meinholtz In Memory of Charlie Dodson Charles & Bonnie MeKeal Missoula Federal Credit Union Tom & Carlene Nimlos Diana Pacini Bauer In memory of Bruno Nello Pacini & Nello John Pacini Dean Peterson Dr Michael Priddy Howard & C.W. Reinhardt Bill & Joanne Reynolds Sharon & Marvin Reynolds Kitte Robins Anita Rodin Gay Rushmer

S.G. Long Mary Ann Schipf Anita & Dan Schoen In Memory of Paul and Rose Scopa Patti & John Schulte Jane & Robin Selvig Carl & Betty Smart Jack & Mary Stevenson Alison Strong David & Jeannette Tawney The Loose Caboose D Carol-Lynne Toleno William and Sarah Towle Paul Tripp & Mark Weber In memory of Maxine Nelles Anne Van Doren Katie Van Dorn Wells & McKittrick, P.C. Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC Jane C.Wells MD MHS In memory of A. Judson Wells & Mary B.Wells Nancy Wendel Dr & Mrs Lou Whitsell Angela Wilkes Greta Williams Shelton & Lois Williams Yvette Wirth In Memory of R.E.Wirth, MD Phil Patrick & Linda Yates Stephen and Lois Yung The above contributions were received on or before June 24, 2013. We sincerely thank all of those who contributed after press time and are not listed above.

Mission Statement The International Choral Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting artistic excellence, global understanding, friendship, and goodwill through choral music.

Vision Statement The International Choral Festival is a noncompetitive event produced by volunteers in a beautiful mountain setting that connects musicians from diverse cultural traditions with regional audiences and local community hosts. Bringing the World a Little Closer... Through Music!

Admission Button Information Button Outlets:

Purchase online, at outlets, and at concert venues $10 in advance before July 17th $15 starting July 17th One button good for all concerts

•Albertsons/Eastgate •Albertsons/South Russell •Albertsons/Trempers •Albertsons/Northgate •Fact & Fiction •Good Food Store •Orange Street Food Farm •Rockin Rudy’s •Rosauers •Safeway/S. Reserve •Safeway/Broadway •Southgate Mall •Worden’s Market •Harvest Foods/Lolo •Chapter One Bookstore/Hamilton

Support the Choral Festival Through Your Purchase of Official Merchandise Items below are on sale at concert venues and on the website at • 2013 Posters • Past Festival Posters • T-Shirts • Baseball Caps • Water Bottles • 2-CD set of “Festival Highlights” • Festival Totebags 9

2013 ICF In-Kind Donors A Carousel for Missoula Adams Center and Griz Tix Albertson's Art & Image Creative Atonement Lutheran Barnes and Noble Bayern Brewery Bernice's Bakery Big Dipper Ice Cream Bitteroot Flower Shop Bravo! Catering Brooke Summerfield, Masseusse Chapter One Bookstore Coca Cola Bottling Company College Music Society Comfort Inn and Suites Culligan Water Conditioning Double Tree by Hilton Eastgate Rental Fact & Fiction Fiesta en Jalisco First Presbyterian Fort Missoula Historical Museum Glacier Park, Inc Good Food Store Great Harvest Bread Co. Grizzly Hackle Harvest Foods Hellgate Canyon Storage Heritage Holdings Holiday Inn Downtown Holy Spirit Episcopal Church Jaker's Bar and Grill Knights of Columbus-Missoula KPAX Channel 8 Le Petit Outre Lighthouse Restaurant Loose Caboose Marchie's Nursery Martinez & Associates Missoula Art Museum Missoula Catholic Schools Missoula Children's Theatre Missoula County Public Schools Missoula Downtown Assoc Missoula Parks and Rec Missoula Symphony Association Missoulian Montana Ace (Trempers) Montana Ace Hardware Montana Public Radio Montana Radio Company Morgenroth Music


The International Choral Festival gratefully acknowledges the following individuals and businesses for their generous in-kind donations of time, resources, products, and services:

Mount Jumbo School Muralt's Travel Plaza Mustard Seed Asian CafĂŠ Opportunity Resources Orange Street Food Farm Perkins Restaurant Pro Sound Audio Quality Inn and Suites Red Bird Restaurant & Wine Bar Rockin' Rudy's Rosauers Safeway Salsa Loca Scotty's Table Silk Road Restaurant, Catering & Spice Sons of Norway Southgate Mall St Anthony's Parish St. Paul Lutheran Church String Orchestra of the Rockies The Bucksnort Restaurant The Depot Restaurant The Pearl CafĂŠ The Recording Center University Congregational Church The University of Montana: - Adams Center - College of Visual & Performing Arts - Dining Services - Events - Intercollegiate Athletics - Office of Public Safety - Office of the President - School of Music - The Bookstore - UC Market UPS Store Uptown Diner Walmart Wheat Montana Worden's Market RMF Entertainment Lavonne, Brian & Cooper Blunt Joe Boddy Rich Brinkman Nancy & Bruce Bugbee Ann Mary Dussault David Edmonds Helen Elliot John & Tracy Engen Kirk and Cathy Flynn Sheila Getty Cathy Gillhouse Mark Gorseth

Laurie Hagenbarth Bill and Lois Hammel Michelle Hand Dale Harris Michele & David Heidel Faith Ann Heinsch Cinda Holt Julie Johnson Lee Kirkegaard Nancy Labbe Chuck Leonard Jiyang Lum Ian Marquand Jodi Marshall Amy Martin Diana Pacini Bauer Peter Park Dean & Dorothy Peterson Ray & Susie Risho Ira Robison Michael Rosbarsky Dave Schafer Edie Smith Tamara Stanley Carol Stovall Alex Subrayan John and Sue Talbot Marci Valeo Ron Wilcott Walter Wilde Thanks also to everyone who baked cookies for our Festival meal events! Dick Barrett Claudia Brown Susan Cuff Christine Fiore Renee Gibson Judy Hartz Linda Henderson Pete Heyler John Holbrooke Tom Huff Kirkegaard Family Paula Klietz Marilyn Marler Beth Mast Barbara Morgan Melody Peters Marilyn Ryan Diane Sands Carol Ulsafer Katie Van Dorn Angela Wilkes

2013 ICF Board of Directors OFFICERS:

Terry Conrad - President Tom Trigg - Vice President Janet Palmer - Secretary Peter Heyler - Treasurer ARTISTIC DIRECTOR:

David Heidel STAFF:

Melissa Blunt Executive Director Anne Marie Brinkman Office Manager BOARD MEMBERS:

Earnest Dewey Renie Gibson Bob Hermes Saxon Holbrook Lee Kirkegaard Doug Klein Nancy Labbe Doug Lawrence Beth Mast Dean Peterson Alex Subrayan Dann Swallow Katie Van Dorn Angela Wilkes EMERITUS:

Don Carey Founding Artistic Director Ann Boone Aubrey Dunkum Sophie Lambros Rustem Medora Al Pontrelli John Talbot

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The public is invited to this free workshop designed to provide music teachers, conductors, choral students and the general public the opportunity to hear presentations and discuss topics of interest in the choral arts with 2013 International Choral Festival conductors.

2013 Conductor’s Forum:

Choral Insights from Around the World Thursday, July 18 / 9:00 a.m -11:30 a.m. Music Recital Hall, Music Building on the University of Montana Campus Emcee: ICF Artistic Director David Heidel WORKSHOP PRESENTERS COUNTRY




Young Voices of Melbourne

Mark O'Leary

New Jersey ChildrenSong of New Jersey

Using the Web to Reach Your Audience


Junges Vokalensemble Hannover Klaus-Jürgen Etzold

Choral Interpretations of J.S. Bach


Meng Girls Choir

Dixian Teng

Choral Music in China

Martin Zimmermann

Swiss Repertoire and the Art of Yodeling

Switzerland Bündner Jugendchor


Polly Murray

Following each presentation, question and answer sessions will be moderated by Dr. David Edmonds, Director of Choral PRESENTATION TOPIC Activities at the University Discover Sight Singing School of Montana.

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History of the Festival It all started with a grand vision and blind passion. In 1985, Conductor Donald Carey of the University of Montana and the Missoula Mendelssohn Club (a community men's chorus) toured Europe to perform concerts in various countries. Inspired by the old-world hospitality they enjoyed, Carey and the choristers envisioned Missoula hosting an international choral festival of its own. They set about inviting choirs to Missoula while still in Europe! After returning to Missoula, Carey and organizers set a Festival date in July 1987, without any certainty if the invited choirs would attend or if local audiences would support such an event. That summer everyone was elated when performing groups arrived from Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia and Poland, as well as groups from Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota.The fledgling International Choral Festival attracted more than enough host families, contributors, volunteers and audience members that it was obvious to all that the International Choral Festival was to continue.

The momentum of the International Choral Festival continued to build in 2003, as 17 choirs thrilled audiences despite record-setting high temperatures. With the largest number of children’s choirs to date, the Festival invited guest conductor Christine Jordanoff to lead the International Massed Youth and Children’s Choir in a special youth concert. Don Carey with an Italian conductor in 1987

Three years later in 1989 the Festival became a nonprofit organization overseen by a volunteer board of directors. That same Missoula Mendelssohn Club in 1987 year, in light of a changing geo-political world, it became clear that the International Choral Festival was much more than a high level musical event. The second Festival in July of 1990 helped bridge political boundaries when audiences were delighted by choirs from as far away as Denmark, Japan, Lithuania, and Uruguay among others. In July of 1993 hundreds of volunteers were involved in fundraising, housing guests, selling merchandise, serving meals and managing concert venues. A much-loved and anticipated Missoula tradition by 1996, the Festival attracted 15 choirs from Argentina to Thailand, and enthusiastic audiences once again packed the concert venues.


“Music for the Millennium,” the 2000 Festival, was especially memorable. Due to the diligence of the Festival co-chairs, the prestigious Cuban choir Coro Exaudi received visas to perform in the United States for the first time ever. And, as part of the millennium celebration, the American Composers Forum awarded the 2000 Festival a grant for an original composition by composer and conductor William McGlaughlin of NPR’s St. Paul Sunday, who conducted the world premiere of his “Walt Whitman's Dream” for the Massed Festival Chorus in the University’s Adams Center.

The seventh International Choral Festival in 2006 attracted a total estimated audience of some 20,000 people from all over the United States. Diane Loomer, one of Canada’s leading conductors and clinicians, was the guest conductor for the Finale Concert. Overflow concert venues and standing ovations were the norm at the 2006 Festival. And despite the global recession and pandemic scares of the swine and bird flues in 2008-2009, the 9th Festival was a shining example of how music brings people together—despite distance and political and financial obstacles, as 12 choirs performed over 20 public concerts to audiences who could not get enough. Much in the world A Festival concert at Caras Park in 1990 has changed since the start of the Choral Festival over 28 years ago; however, its mission of promoting artistic excellence, global understanding and goodwill through music remains as meaningful and appropriate as ever. Having evolved from its grassroots beginnings into a prestigious international event, Missoula's International Choral Festival continues to “bring the world a little closer” through music.

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2013 ICF Chorus of Nations • Australia • Canada (3) Switzerland • China Canada • Costa Rica • Estonia • Finland • Germany • Poland • South Korea United States • Switzerland • Taiwan • United States (3) Costa Rica


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The International Choral Festival of Missoula promotes global understanding, friendship and goodwill, one person at a time

Did you know? • A combined four-day audience of over 20,000 people from all over the country attend the Festival • Since 1987 the Festival has hosted 127 choirs, representing 43 countries • 20 concerts are performed during Festival week • Over 150 choir applications were received for the 2013 Festival • Over 200 Missoula families will act as hosts and open their homes to the International singers • Up to 200 volunteers provide the staffing during Festival week


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ICF Concert Schedule Wednesday, July 17: 2013 Festival Kick-Off

This concert schedule is subject to change. Please refer to the schedule on our website at or on our mobile Guidebook for the most current information.

Preview Concerts All Preview Concerts on Wednesday are free of charge, but on-site donations are gratefully accepted. Concert admission buttons for the other concerts will be available to purchase online, at the Preview Concerts and all other concerts for $15. Children 12 years & under free.

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. “Out to Lunch” in Caras Park Downtown/Ryman at Front "Out to Lunch" is a program of the Missoula Downtown Association. Seating is limited at this popular kick-off concert, so arrive early or bring blankets or lawn chairs. Food and beverages are available at various restaurant vendors under the tent.


The Honorable Mayor John Engen and Melissa Blunt, ICF Executive Director ICF Artistic Director, David Heidel and ICF Board Member, Dean Peterson • China Meng Girls Choir • Poland Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music • Costa Rica El Café Chorale • USA - California Womensing • Finland Academic Student Choir Pedavoces INTERMISSION:

• Canada • South Korea • Switzerland • Estonia

Choral Showcase


Youth Choirs Concert

Kokopelli Ewha Chamber Choir Bündner Jugendchor E Stuudio Girls Choir

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Southgate Mall JC Penney Court – 2901 Brooks Street This Concert Sponsored by Southgate Mall Trisha Piedalue, Marketing Director, Southgate Mall • Germany Junges Vokalensemble Hannover • Canada Coastal Sound Youth Choir • Costa Rica El Café Chorale • Taiwan Formosa Singers • Poland Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Bonner Park Gerald Avenue at Evans Avenue This Concert Sponsored by Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation

“Only a few things can touch a person’s heart more than a singing child. And only a few things make such a long-term impression on a child as singing in a choir. It opens the way to music and the arts for them, and cultivates their perception of life.” – Petr Eben Composer, Czech Republic

Youth Choir concert will begin immediately after the city band. Please bring lawn chairs to this concert, as there is no seating available. 6:30 PERFORMANCE BY: WELCOME: 7:00 PERFORMANCES BY:


• The Missoula City Band, Gary Gillett, Conductor Terry Conrad, Festival President, and Missoula Mayor John Engen • USA - New Jersey ChildrenSong of New Jersey • Canada Bach Children's Chorus • Estonia E Stuudio Girls Choir • USA - Kansas Lawrence Children's Choir • Australia Young Voices of Melbourne

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Conductor’s Forum: Choral Insights from Around the World

Thursday, July 18:

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. UM Music Recital Hall The University of Montana Campus


The public is invited to this free symposium to hear Festival conductors speak about choral topics of interest. A brief question & answer will follow each presentation. David Heidel, ICF Artistic Director Dr. David Edmonds, Director of Choral Activities, University of Montana





• Australia • USA - New Jersey • Germany • China • Switzerland

Young Voices of Melbourne ChildrenSong of New Jersey Junges Vokalensemble Hannover Meng Girls Choir Bündner Jugendchor

Mark O'Leary Polly Murray Klaus-Jürgen Etzold Dixian Teng Martin Zimmermann

Discover Sight Singing School Using the Web to Reach Your Audience Choral Interpretations of J.S. Bach Choral Music in China Swiss Repertoire and the Art of Yodeling

Thursday, July 18: SPECIAL EVENT





Meet the Choirs!

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Caras Park No-Host Lunch

The public is invited to join Festival choirs and organizers in Caras Park for this informal, no-host lunch. Choirs will have CDs for sale, and local food vendors will be available on site.

World Voices Concerts / Afternoon

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Hellgate High School Auditorium – 900 South Higgins Ave. This Concert Co-Sponsored by Broadway Inn & Sun Mountain Sports • USA - Kansas Lawrence Children's Choir • South Korea Ewha Chamber Choir • Switzerland Bündner Jugendchor

St. Anthony’s Parish – 217 Tremont St. This Concert Sponsored by US Bank • Finland Academic Student Choir Pedavoces • Germany Junges Vokalensemble Hannover • Canada Kokopelli

UM Music Recital Hall – The University of Montana Campus This Concert Co-Sponsored by Mountain West Bank and Good Food Store • USA - California Womensing • Taiwan Formosa Singers • Estonia E Stuudio Girls Choir

Dennison Theatre – The University of Montana Campus This Concert Sponsored by First Security Bank • Canada Bach Children's Chorus • China Meng Girls Choir • Poland Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music

To see so many diverse choral groups in one festival makes me feel like there is hope in this world after all. That’s the true value of our work—bringing people together, communicating peace through culture. – Bill Martinez, San Francisco, CA Bringing the World a Little Closer... Through Music!






Friday, July 19:

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Hellgate High School Auditorium – 900 South Higgins Ave. This Concert Co-Sponsored by Broadway Inn and Sun Mountain Sports • Poland Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music • USA - California Womensing • Germany Junges Vokalensemble Hannover

St. Anthony’s Parish – 217 Tremont St. This Concert Sponsored by US Bank • Taiwan Formosa Singers • USA - New Jersey ChildrenSong of New Jersey • Canada Bach Children's Chorus

UM Music Recital Hall – The University of Montana Campus. This Concert Co-Sponsored by Mountain West Bank and Good Food Store • Canada Coastal Sound Youth Choir • Switzerland Bündner Jugendchor • Australia Young Voices of Melbourne

Dennison Theatre – The University of Montana Campus This Concert Sponsored by First Security Bank • Canada Kokopelli • Costa Rica El Café Chorale • South Korea Ewha Chamber Choir

World Voices Concerts / Afternoon

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Hellgate High School Auditorium – 900 South Higgins Ave.






World Voices Concerts / Evening

This Concert Co-Sponsored by Alps and First Interstate Bank • Australia Young Voices of Melbourne • Canada Bach Children's Chorus • Costa Rica El Café Chorale

St. Anthony’s Parish – 217 Tremont St. This Concert Sponsored by US Bank • South Korea Ewha Chamber Choir • Estonia E Stuudio Girls Choir • Canada Coastal Sound Youth Choir

UM Music Recital Hall – The University of Montana Campus. This Concert Co-Sponsored by UM College of Visual & Performing Arts & School of Music • USA - New Jersey ChildrenSong of New Jersey • Finland Academic Student Choir Pedavoces • China Meng Girls Choir

Dennison Theatre – The University of Montana Campus This Concert Sponsored by First Security Bank • Germany Junges Vokalensemble Hannover • USA - Kansas Lawrence Children's Choir • Taiwan Formosa Singers

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Friday, July 19:

World Voices Concerts / Evening LOCATION:



7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Hellgate High School Auditorium – 900 South Higgins Ave. This Concert Co-Sponsored by Alps and First Interstate Bank • Estonia E Stuudio Girls Choir • USA - New Jersey ChildrenSong of New Jersey • Canada Kokopelli

St. Anthony’s Parish – 217 Tremont St. This Concert Sponsored by US Bank • China Meng Girls Choir • Canada Coastal Sound Youth Choir • Switzerland Bündner Jugendchor


UM Music Recital Hall – The University of Montana Campus.


This Concert Co-Sponsored by UM College of Visual & Performing Arts & School of Music • USA - Kansas Lawrence Children's Choir • Costa Rica El Café Chorale • Poland Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music


Dennison Theatre – The University of Montana Campus This Concert Sponsored by First Security Bank • USA - California Womensing • Australia Young Voices of Melbourne • Finland Academic Student Choir Pedavoces

"The Choral Festival in Missoula has become a flagship for music festivals worldwide…The Festival has become a model for many who have attempted to clone it. None have—as it has been the leadership and the setting which are unmatched." – Maurice Casey Past National President, The American Choral Directors Association

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Saturday, July 20:

Parade of Nations Finale Concert

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Adams Center / University of Montana Campus – Corner 6th and VanBuren Sponsored by Northwestern Energy and Southgate Mall

The Finale concert will feature the pageantry of the “Parade of Nations”; a choral welcome by the Missoula Mendelssohn Club under the direction of Dean Peterson, and a brief performance by each choir. It will conclude with a performance by the International Massed Festival Chorus, under the direction of guest conductor Dr. David Edmonds, Director of Choral Activities at the University of Montana, and ICF Artistic Director, David Heidel. Open seating - Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at Adams Center. MASTER OF CEREMONIES: FESTIVAL BRASS QUINTET:

• USA - Montana • Taiwan • Switzerland • China • USA - New Jersey • Finland •Australia

Ian Marquand Leon Slater, trumpet; Larry Heidel, trombone; Jeff Stickney, trumpet Vicki Johnson, french horn; Gary Gillett, tuba Missoula Mendelssohn Club Formosa Singers Bündner Jugendchor Meng Girls Choir ChildrenSong of New Jersey Academic Student Choir Pedavoces Young Voices of Melbourne

TBD Hunter Chase Arranged by Yu-Shan Tsai Ewigi Liabi (Everlasting Love) Composed by Simon Bühler Birds in a Nest Composed by Xiaogeng & Wanli A World We Cannot See Composed by Jim Papoulis Prelude Ola Gjeilo Waltzing Matilda Words by A.B. Banjo Paterson (1864-1941) Scottish melody arr. Christina McPherson adapted by Marie Cowan and arr. Ruth McCall

• Poland • USA - California • Germany • South Korea • USA - Kansas • Estonia • Costa Rica • Canada

Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music Womensing Junges Vokalensemble Hannover Ewha Chamber Choir Lawrence Children's Choir E Stuudio Girls Choir El Café Chorale Combined Canadian Choirs – Bach Children's Chorus, Coastal Sound Youth Choir, Kokopelli

Na glinianym wazoniku (On a Clay Vase) S.Wiechowicz Msilale Wanawake Paul Caldwell & Sean Ivory Sagastipean (Under an Apple Tree) Javier Busto (1949) Arirang Fantasy Lee, GiKyoung Jabberwocky Carolyn Jennings Veljo Tormis (Forging the Sampo) Words from the Finnish epic "Kalevala" El Bodeguero (The Pantry Keeper) Richard Egues Snow Angel Sarah Quartel, and Williams Lake Stampede Alan Moberg arr. Larry Nickel (all Canadian composers/arrangers)

Massed Chorus Finale ACCOMPANIST:

Dorothy Beck Peterson


Rich Brinkman

Also featuring the Festival Brass Quintet

Homeland Arranged by Z. Randall Stroope. Conducted by Dr. David Edmonds, Director of Choral Activities, U of M Ode To Joy Arranged and Conducted by David Heidel, ICF Artistic Director. Brass arrangement by Mike Rosbarsky Auld Lang Syne The traditional festival closing. Audience participation is welcomed to sing this traditional Scottish song. (“Times Gone By”) Choirs will all sing this song in their native language Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? For auld lang syne my dear, for auld lang syne, We’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne! Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and days of auld lang syne? (Repeat)

Sunday, July 21: 26

Thanks to all of our generous sponsors!

There are no public concerts held on this day; there are private ICF social functions only. Various choirs will sing at area church services. 2013 International Choral Festival of Missoula


Meet the Choirs! No-Host Lunch at Caras Park Thursday, July 18 / 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. “Bringing the world a little closer, through FOOD and music!” The public is invited to join Festival choir members in Caras Park for an informal no-host lunch under the tent. This is an opportunity to meet the singers face-to-face and to share a meal and learn about each other’s culture in an informal setting. Seating is open—local food vendors will be on site selling a variety of luncheon fare. Choirs will also have table displays and some will have CD’s for sale. Our thanks to the Missoula Downtown Association for supporting this event.

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2013 ICF Chorus of Nations:

Australia Young Voices of Melbourne Mark O’Leary, Conductor Founded in 1990 by Mark O’Leary,Young Voices of Melbourne is regarded as one of Australia’s finest choirs.The choir has toured all states and territories of Australia, as well as Europe (1996, 2004, 2010); South Africa (1998); Canada/USA; Singapore/Thailand (2007); and Samoa (2011).YVM participated at International Society for Music Education World Conferences in Pretoria (1998) and Teneriffe (2004); Festival 500 in Newfoundland (2001); and the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, where it was awarded second place in the Senior Children’s Choirs section of the 2004 and 2010 competitions.At “A Voyage of Songs,” the International Choir Competition in Thailand,YVM won first place in two sections, and Mark O’Leary was awarded outstanding conductor of the festival.The choir has performed at the Port Fairy Folk Festival; National Folk Festival; Melbourne International Arts Festival; Commonwealth Games Arts Festival; and the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.Young Voices of Melbourne has released nine CDs and collaborated with many outstanding musicians.The choir can be heard singing the theme music for Chris Lilley’s TV shows,“We Can Be Heroes” and “Summer Heights High.” Mark O’Leary, Conductor Mark O’Leary is one of Australia’s most active children’s choir conductors, widely respected for his work with Young Voices of Melbourne, which he founded in 1990. Mark is also Principal Guest Conductor of Gondwana Voices,Australia’s national children’s choir, with which he has been closely associated since its first season in 1997. In July 2012 he appeared with Gondwana Voices at the International Federation of Choral Music World Summit on Choral Music in China. Mark has special interests in Kodaly teaching techniques; the development of excellence in children's choirs; and Australian choral music. He presents workshops each year on choral music education throughout Australia, and is actively involved in the Kodaly Music Education Institute of Australia providing courses, workshops and events for Australian music teachers. Mark publishes Australian choral music for young choirs in the Young Voices of Melbourne Choral Series, and his arrangements are performed all over the world.

“Without music life would be a mistake.." – Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche


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Canada Bach Children's Chorus Linda Beaupré, Conductor The Bach Children's Chorus consists of 190 auditioned singers in four choirs—three treble choirs and an SATB choir. Each choir rehearses weekly and participates in festivals, workshops, and concerts with choirs and world-renowned clinicians. Past tours have included the Atlanta International Music Festival; Festival 500 in St. John's, Newfoundland; and the Suas E! Festival in Cape Breton. Choir III performed at the Eastern Division convention of the ACDA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and at Podium, the national convention of the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors. BCC was part of the Honor Choir at the Children in Harmony Festival at Disney World. BCC III will perform and compete at the Golden Gate Children's Festival in Oakland, California.The Bach Children's Chorus has released six solo CDs, and is featured on several soundtracks and a video by the Canadian Brass. Members worked with composer Stephan Moccio, recording his song I Believe for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. BCC has won several provincial and national awards, including the prestigious CBC/ACCC Competition (2004, 2010) and The Elmer Iseler Award for Best Choir at the Toronto Kiwanis Festival.

Linda Beaupré, Conductor Founder and director of the Bach Children's Chorus since 1987, Linda Beaupré is known throughout Canada as a choral clinician, adjudicator and workshop facilitator. Linda received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the State University of New York of Potsdam, and a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Western Ontario. She's taught music in Australia and Nova Scotia and for several years she was a professional singer with the Elmer Iseler Singers and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. She is co-author of the series A Young Singer's Journey.This integrated literacy programme of workbooks and CDs is distributed throughout North America by Hinshaw Music Publishing. Conductor of the 2008 Ontario Youth Choir, Linda is a co-winner of the 2006 Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting, awarded by the Ontario Arts Council and Choirs Ontario. In 2002 she received a Women of Distinction Award from the Guelph YM/YWCA.

“Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life." – Ludwig van Beethoven

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Canada Coastal Sound Youth Choir Carrie Tennant, Conductor The Coastal Sound Youth Choir is made up of 69 young people, ranging in ages from 14-21, who come from the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Extremely enthusiastic and energetic, this close-knit group of singers is quickly becoming known for their innovative programming and imaginative performances.The singers love to share with and learn from other choirs. In the past few years they have enjoyed collaborative performances with, among others; musica intima; the Vancouver Cantata Singers; Kokopelli Youth Choir; and The Nylons. In July of 2011 the choir hosted the Coastal Sound International Choral Festival, where hundreds of singers came together from around the world for a week of performance and sharing.Also in 2011 the youth choir was chosen as the top youth choir in Canada at the National Music Festival, and was awarded second place in the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs (formerly the CBC Choral competition).Their CD, Lights, was released in 2010; they are currently recording a second album.The Youth Choir has been chosen to represent Canada at the Chorus America Conference in 2013. Carrie Tennant, Conductor Carrie Tennant is well-known in the choral community for her energetic and creative approach to working with youth. Carrie conducts the Sarah McLachlan School of Music Youth Choir; the Chor Leoni MYVoice Vancouver Choir; and is the Associate Artistic Director of Coastal Sound Music Academy, where she directs their youth choir. Carrie is also an Artist-in-Residence with the Vancouver School Board; is coordinator of the Vancouver Kiwanis Choral Festival; and a frequent clinician, adjudicator and retreat facilitator throughout Western Canada. In 2008 Carrie was the recipient of the BCCF Youth Achievement Award for distinguished support of choral music in British Columbia. Passionate about building and sustaining community between BC choral choirs and conductors, she helped found the BC Choral Mentorship Project in 2010. Carrie is also a member of Vancouver-based indie-pop group the Salteens, who toured across the country with “Yo Gabba Gabba Live!” after being featured on the Nickelodeon show,Yo Gabba Gabba.

“Music is an outburst of the soul." – Frederick Delius


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Canada Kokopelli Scott Leithead Conductor Founded in 1996, Kokopelli is known for their unique style of presentation, and their high-quality musical delivery and creative staging. Kokopelli members range in age from 14 to 23 and come from across Canada.The choir sings music ranging from canonical classical repertoire to experimental and avant-garde contemporary works.Their focus is to share music across boundaries, using song as a tool of communication and community. Kokopelli has been featured at the Rocky Mountain National Music Festival; Podium (the biannual conference of the Association of Canadian Choral Communities); the regional conference of the American Choral Directors Association; and the International Society of Music Educators conference. In addition to many North American cities, the choir has toured to Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Malaysia, Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, and Zambia. Kokopelli is often the ambassador for the choir association and as such, has received several awards for their work with youth, music education, and the African Projects Fund. Kokopelli received the YMCA Peace Medal in 2008.The choir most recently was featured at Festival 500 and toured across Newfoundland in July 2011. Scott Leithead, Conductor Artistic Director Scott Leithead is founder of the Kokopelli and TIME Choir Associations. Scott has conducted provincial/state honor choirs across Canada and in Montana.With a passion for music from southern Africa, in 2008/2009 Scott worked with the Mascato Youth Choir in Namibia, and other choirs of southern Africa. He’s conducted the Unisong Choir and the National Arts Orchestra in Ottawa (2011); presented at Festival 500 in Newfoundland; and adjudicated the finals of the ACCC National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs. He will also be conducting an honor choir in Thailand.This year Scott will be conducting and presenting at the Global Perspectives Symposium; the Kaleid Festival in Ontario; the Juvenata Festival in Nova Scotia; and the Nova Scotia Summer Music Camp, as well as in Africa. He also will be adjudicating Manitoba’s Choralfest; Ontario Vocal Festival; Choralfest Alberta South; Powell River Festival; Musicfest Canada; and the Cantando Festivals in Edmonton and Vancouver.

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2013 ICF Chorus of Nations:

China Meng Girls' Choir Dixian Teng, Conductor The Meng Girls’ Choir was founded in 2008 by Ms.Teng Dixian,Associate Professor in the Music College at the University of the Arts in Nanjing, China.The choir consists mainly of students in the music education department ranging from freshman to graduate level. During their first year of performance, Meng Girls' Choir won the gold medal in the First Choral Competition of China's Jiangsu Provence in December 2008. In 2009, the choir was invited to Germany to perform with “Fabulous Friday”, a jazz and pop choir at the Berlin University of the Arts. In 2011, Meng Girls' Choir performed with the choir Saint Mary's College from Indiana USA, and later that same year the choir participated in the " Last Choir Standing " National choir competition organized by South-East TV station of China where they were awarded third place. Meng Girls’ Choir enjoys performing a variety of repertoire, and is tireless in their pursuit of expressing the beauty and inner feelings of music. Dixian Teng, Conductor Dixian Teng has been teaching Solfeggio since she graduated from the Music School of Nanjing University of the Arts in 1986. She founded an all girls choral group called the "Sheng Girls" in 1994, and by 1999 the group had released six CD recordings. Ms.Teng then traveled to Australia where she studied Choral Conducting with Dr. Ronald Smart at the Australian Institute of Music, which is also where she completed her Master's Degree. Following a period of research in music education in New Zealand, Ms.Teng returned to China and founded the Meng Girls' Choir in 2008. Her focus was on improving the students' musicianship through the practice of Dalcroze Eurythmic and Orff Elementary Music training to arouse the students' aspiration for the beauty of music.

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Costa Rica El Café Chorale David Ramírez, Conductor Founded in 1994, El Café Chorale is one of the most important choral groups in Costa Rica. It consists of a group of students and professionals who are united by their love of choral singing.The Chorale was created for the purpose of investigating and disseminating a broad international repertoire of choral literature, ranging from Renaissance to contemporary compositions. Its main focus and intent is to bring Latin American folk music and rhythms to the international stage, using authentic traditional instruments and more importantly, reacquainting local audiences with their own musical traditions.The group has received awards at various international invitational festivals, as well as national recognition for its overall excellence.Their honors include Costa Rica’s National Music Award, received on three different occasions, in 1999, 2003 and in 2007. El Café Chorale has also participated in workshops at the ACDA Convention, Los Angeles 2000 and in several international choral competitions in Austria, Belgium, England, Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia and Switzerland.The choir has presented more than 400 concerts during its musical career in Europe, the United States and Costa Rica. David Ramírez, Conductor David Ramírez, founder and director of El Café Chorale, has conducted El Café Chorale since its beginning. He holds a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from California State University, Los Angeles. He is a tenured professor at the National University of Costa Rica, where he also heads the Department of Choral Conducting.With over 30 years of conducting experience, his special area of expertise is the research of Latin American Choral Arrangement. Maestro Ramirez has recorded 11 compact discs with different choral groups from Costa Rica and has given workshops about Choral Latin American authentic performance at the ACDA,Western Division Convention, Los Angeles; the Choral Society St. George’s Singers from Manchester, England; Bakersfield College; Ruhr University, Bochum; and Bremen and Handorf, Germany. He is the president of the Costa Rican Choral Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the research, development and promotion of the Choral Art in Costa Rica.

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Estonia E Stuudio Girls` Choir Külli Lokko, Conductor E Stuudio Girls’ Choir was founded by conductor Külli Lokko in 2006.The choir’s repertoire is supplemented by a cappella choral music of classical works and sacred pieces by contemporary Estonian composers. Estonian choral music has an important place in E Stuudio Girls’ Choir repertoire.A memorable experience for the girls was participating in a concert project‚ Youth and the Classics, together with the Vanemuine Theatre Orchestra, where they performed Mozart’s vocal pieces. In the same year the choir also had their first concert trip to Germany. E Stuudio Girls´ Choir was voted the Best Children`s Choir at the international festival,Tallinn 2009. At the Grieg International Choir Festival, the choir won the Children's and Youth Choir award in 2009, and in 2010 won the Best Youth Choir, and were second in the Folk Category. In 2010 they participated in the Grand Prix in Italy's Rimini International Choral Competition.The Concert Choir has performed throughout Estonia, and also in Sweden, Norway, Finland,Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France and the United States.The assistant conductor of E Stuudio Girls’ Choir is Küllike Joosing. Külli Lokko, Conductor Külli Lokko graduated from Tallinn Pedagogical University in 1983, with degrees in culture education and conducting. She has worked with children's choir in Põlva since 1989. In 2000 the choir, known as Põlva Singing Studio, was renamed E Stuudio Concert Choir, which performed across Europe and the United States. In 2004 she founded the E Stuudio Chamber Choir, and she is also the founder and conductor of E Stuudio Girls´ Choir. Külli Lokko has conducted various choirs in local music festivals and organized numerous concert projects in cooperation with Estonian Concert and other cultural organizations. Since 2010 she has served as manager of the youth department´s Choral Studio in the Heino Eller Music School. Küllike Joosing, Conductor Küllike Joosing graduated from Heino Eller Music School as a choir conductor in 1996 and the Estonian Academy of Music as a conductor in 2001. She has been working as a music teacher and a conductor of children and youth choirs in Lähte Gymnasium, and as a music teacher in Tartu Karlova Gymnasium. In 2009 she received her master degree in Educational Sciences Department of Tartu University. She began conducting the E Stuudio Chamber Choir in 2009 and has been conductor of E Stuudio Gilrs´ Choir since 2011.


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Finland The Academic Student Choir Pedavoces Maria Timoshenko, Conductor The Academic Student Choir Pedavoces is a mixed voice student choir based in Vaasa, Finland.“Pedavoces,” spoken with the Italian pronunciation, is a mix of Greek and Latin and freely translates to “teacher voices.”The choir was founded in 1974 by Per-Håkan Jansson within the Faculty of Education at Åbo Akademi University.To this date, Pedavoces is the only Swedishspeaking mixed academic student choir in Finland.While still associated with Åbo Akademi University, Pedavoces is no longer a choir strictly for teacher students. It now attracts students from different universities and polytechnic schools in Vaasa. Pedavoces has recorded two full-length CDs in 1997 and 2003, the first being a compilation of songs from the choir’s standard repertoire and the latter a Christmas-themed recording with a mix of pieces in Swedish, Finnish, English and Latin. Pedavoces has participated and competed in international competitions, including the 14th International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music with the Petr Eben Prize (2004) in Prague, and in the Malta International Choir Competition and Festival (2006). In both competitions, Pedavoces achieved awards in the silver category. Maria Timoshenko, Conductor Pedavoces is conducted by Maria Timoshenko, a conductor and music teacher with a degree in choir conducting from the Saratov State L.V. Sobinov Conservatory in Saratov, Russia. Since arriving from Russia in 2005, in addition to Pedavoces, she has worked with the Vaasa Choir, the Kokkola Chamber Choir, and the Choir of Kruunupyy, Novato in Nykarlebby. In 2008 she participated in the European Master Class in Choral Conducting at the University of Uppsala in Sweden. She studied choral conducting with Prof. Herbert Bock,Austria; Prof. Stefan Parkman, Sweden; and Prof. Pier Paolo Scattolin, Italy. Maria participated at the Grieg International Choral Festival, Norway (2007); Conductor Symposium, Norway (2007); 8th World Symposium on Choral Music, Denmark (2008); Orthodox Music Festival, Russia (2009); and Europe Cantat XVII, Netherlands (2009). She also teaches at the Music Institute in Pietarsaari, Finland, where she teaches piano and voice.

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Germany Junges Vokalensemble Hannover Klaus-Jürgen Etzold, Conductor Junges Vokalensemble Hannover was founded in 1981 by Klaus- Jürgen Etzold. Many of the 45 singers are current or former students of Hannover University of Music and Drama. Members have varied professions, but are united in their extensive choral experience and their joy in singing challenging works. In addition to sacred and secular a cappella music, the choir sings cantatas, oratorios, and Passions. Junges Vokalensemble Hannover has recorded ten CDs and performed several world premières. In 2010 the choir received the prestigious ECHO KLASSIK award for their CD, Glaubenslieder.The choir has performed at festivals and competitions throughout Europe, as well as in Egypt, Mexico, Israel,Turkey, China and Venezuela, winning various prizes. Recent accomplishments include silver and bronze medals at the international choral competition in Tallinn, Estonia (2011); first place and special mention in the choral competition at Panyu, China (2010); and third place at the European Broadcast Corporation's, Let the People Sing, in Wupperta, Germany (2007).The choir works with artists such as conductor Eric Whitacre, composer Maria Guinand of Venezuela, and Germany's esteemed choral conductor Frieder Bernius. Klaus-Jürgen Etzold, Conductor Professor Etzold studied music, anglistics and musicology in Hannover. From 1978 to 1986 he served as artistic assistant to Professor Heinz Hennig with the Boys Choir of Hannover. In 1980 he was co-founder and singer in the Orlando di Lasso-Ensemble Hannover. He has participated in conducting classes with Rilling, Heltay,Voorberg, Hennig, Ericson, Bertini and Parrott. Professor Etzold founded the Junges Vokalensemble Hannover in 1981, and has been its director ever since. Since 1991 he has served as the lead teaching advisor at High Schools in Germany, and currently serves as Director of Studies at Gehrden Gymnasium. He is active as an honorary professor for music education at the Hannover University of Music. Klaus-Jürgen Etzold received the Conductor's Prize in Riva del Garda, Italy (1994); in Torrevieja, Spain (2006); and again in Panyu, China (2010). He has presented workshops on conducting and music in Zagreb, Croatia (1999-2002) and Madagascar (2008, 2009).


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Poland The Chamber Choir of Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music Janusz Stanecki, Conductor The tradition of the Chamber Choir dates back to 1986 and Janusz Stanecki's Initiative, when it was composed of students who were training in all music fields.The choir works with philharmonic orchestras of Bydgoszcz, Gdansk, Bialystok and Heidelberg to perform vocal-instrumental and a capella choral compositions.The choir features Polish and other European music from the Middle Ages to the present in their repertoire.The choir has toured extensively and has frequently been awarded prizes in competitions. Perhaps one of their most memorable achievements was the 2004 performance of Handel's oratorio Messiah, under the baton of Paul Esswood.The choir participated at the International Choral Festival in San Juan,Argentina (2010); won the grand prix in the Polish Choir Tournament, Legnica Cantat (2006); the Peace Trophy at the 53rd International Choral Festival in Cork, Ireland (2007); gold and silver medals at the International Choir Contest of Sacred Music in Prevesa, Greece (2009); second place in the International Choir Competition in Kiten, Bulgaria (2010); and five medals in the International Festival/Competition, Singing World, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Janusz Stanecki, Conductor Receiving a degree in Choral Conducting and Music Education from the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, Professor Stanecki also graduated from the Instrumental Department of the University, with an accordion specialty. He also completed post-graduate Choirmasters' College with first class honors. At the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music, Professor Stanecki has served as a lecturer and conductor, teaching science and the methodology of choir conducting and has written numerous articles on choral conducting. He has served as vice-rector for art, and is currently the Dean of Faculty of Choral Conducting and Music Education. Janusz Stanecki is a music activist, organizer and adjudicator in many international choral conducting competitions. From the President of the Republic of Poland he received the title of Professor of Music Arts, and also the Silver Merit's Cross. He has also been honored with the second degee Prize of the Rector of the Academy of Music.

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South Korea Ewha Chamber Choir Dr. Shin-Hwa Park, Conductor Ewha Chamber Choir is an amateur women’s choir in which the music students and the graduates of Ewha Womans University sing for God’s glory.The word “Ewha” means “pear blossoms”.When Ewha became a university in 1946, the Ewha President added an “s” to “woman” to emphasize that the students were not viewed as a group of women, but that each individual woman is valued. Renowned for its exquisite voice, the choir is frequently invited to sing at the Korean Choral Festival. In 2003 the choir was invited to participate at the 6th International Choral Festival in Missoula, where they were received by appreciative audiences. In 2006 the choir was invited to sing once again in the United States at the International Choral Festival in Pocatello, Idaho. Ewha Chamber Choir performed at the 100th anniversary of the patriotic deed of Martyr An, Jung-Gun in Harbin, China in 2009.The choir's 13 recordings, released between 2002 and 2013, have been broadcast through national radio stations such as FEBC FM and CBS FM. Dr. Shin-Hwa Park, Conductor Dr. Shin-Hwa Park is a professor at Ewha Womans University; the president of KCDA, which stands for Korean Choral Directors Association, and is the director of Ansan City Choir. He received his D.M.A. in Choral Literature and Conducting from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Park is one of the most sought-after conductors and music clinicians in Korea. He also gives more than 40 lectures every year.The total number of CDs that his choirs have produced is 72, recorded between 1996 and2013. He also directs the Calvary Choir of Young-Nak Presbyterian Church which consists of 180 choir members. In 2011 Ansan City Choir, directed by Dr. Park, sang by invitation in the Papal Court of the Vatican. Dr. Park and Ansan City Choir also performed at the Northwest Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association with the Stuttgart Kammerchor, as one of the guest choirs in Seattle in 2012.



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Switzerland BĂźndner Jugendchor Martin Zimmermann, Conductor All the singers of the BĂźndner Jugendchor grew up in GraubĂźnden, Switzerland. Each August the young people from ages 16-28 come together for a week to learn new songs.These are sung at various events, starting with 3-4 concerts in August and September. Rehearsing like this is possible because most of the singers are students and are on summer vacation during training week.Although the choir was founded in 2004, there have been many interesting exchange opportunities with other choirs at international festivals and competitions, including the Europa cantat in Utrecht, Netherlands in 2008; the 2010 European Youth Choir Festival, in Basel, Switzerland; and the 2011 International Choir Competition in Bad Ischl,Austria, where the choir won first place in the youth choir category, and a golden diploma singing folk songs.The choir has been conducted by Martin Zimmerman since its formation. Introducing the young singers to a broad range of styles of all time periods is important to the conductor and appreciated by the young singers.Two CDs have been recorded since the choir was founded.


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Martin Zimmermann, Conductor Martin Zimmermann was born in Wiesen, GraubĂźnden, Switzerland. He graduated as a primary teacher before beginning his studies to become a professional musician at the Academy of Music (Konservatorium) in Zurich, Switzerland. His main instrument is the clarinet. He was awarded the sponsorship award of the canton GraubĂźnden in 1988. He is currently working as head music teacher at a grammar school in GraubĂźnden, where he is also teaching the saxophone and clarinet. He has collaborated with several choirs and one orchestra, including the male choir Maienfeld; the Stadtmusik Chur (brass band); and the Singkreis Davos (choir), among others. For many years he has conducted the school choir.After founding the BĂźndner Jugendchor, the youth choir of GraubĂźnden, he has served as conductor of that choir until the present time. Ten years ago he was elected president of the music commission of GraubĂźnden.

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Taiwan The Formosa Singers Julian Ching-Chun Su, Conductor The Formosa Singers has established itself as one of the premier choral ensembles of Taiwan. Founded in 1994 by Artistic Director and Conductor Julian Ching-Chun Su, the Formosa Singers is dedicated to the promotion of choral music of pristine quality and to the refinement of the art of choral music in Taiwan. Over the last fifteen years, the Formosa Singers has created a level of music excellence that has been recognized throughout Taiwan and abroad. The Formosa Singers' dedication in preserving the spirit of Taiwanese folk songs has created a new sound and life for this rich treasury of vocal music.The old familiar folk songs the choir sings have become polished choral pieces with rich four-part harmonies and diverse melodies.The choir has released over a dozen CD recordings, several of which have been nominated and received the Golden Melody Award, which is the Taiwan equivalent of the Grammy Awards. Since 2000, the Formosa Singers has been invited to perform at numerous artistic festivals and choral competitions worldwide, including appearances in North America, Europe,Australia, and Japan. Julian Ching-Chun Su, Conductor As one of the most vigorously active and influential Choir Conductors in Taiwan, Julian Ching-Chun Su has over 20 years of conducting experience.After graduating from the Cultural University with a major in cello performance, he received his Master’s Degree in Music in Choral Conducting at Westminster Choir College, New Jersey in1993. During his work on his Master’s, he studied with the world renowned chorus conductor, Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt. Su is now a member of the faculty at the Department of Music, Fu-Jen Catholic University. For his relentless endeavors in promoting Taiwan choral music, he was awarded the Taiwan Cultural Devotion Prize by Taiwan Care Incorporated, in the U.S. in 1998.To help firmly root Taiwan choral music education, the annual Taiwan Youth Chorus Music Camp has been held since 2006. Su founded Formosa Youth Singers in 2008. Julian Su’s contribution to the development of contemporary Taiwan choral music is second to none.

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USA - California WomenSing Dr. Martín Benvenuto, Conductor

Since 1965 WomenSing has delighted audiences with their beautifully blended sound that includes the traditional and the unexpected, and features landmarks of the treble repertoire, seldom-performed works, and new music.WomenSing has performed throughout North and South America,Asia, and Europe, including the Festival Internacional de Música de Cantonigròs in Catalonia in 2007.WomenSing's most exciting outreach is its Youth Inspiring Youth (YIY) partnership with River of Words.Young composers, mentored by composer Libby Larsen, create new works using the words of award-winning young poets. In May 2011 WomenSing presented YIY pieces in collaboration with the Peabody Children's Chorus at a concert presented by the Library of Congress.WomenSing released its Song of Innocence and Experience CD in 2008. Songs of the New and Old World was released in fall 2012, featuring original works from the YIY project. National recognition includes the Chorus America/ ASCAP Alice Parker Award for adventurous programming in 2010, and being selected to perform during the Chorus America 2011 Annual Convention in San Francisco. Most recently WomenSing was awarded the 2011 Contra Costa County Arts Commission Award for Excellence.

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Dr. Martín Benvenuto, Conductor Dr. Martín Benvenuto is one of the leading treble choir conductors in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. He has served as Artistic Director for WomenSing since 2002.Active as a clinician and guest conductor, Benvenuto is also Artistic Director for the Peninsula Women's Chorus, and for the Contra Costa Children's Chorus. Recognized for his exacting technique, and a passion for drawing the finest choral tone, Benvenuto's repertoire is extensive. His choirs, dedicated to commissioning new works, have earned high marks in international competitions in Argentina, South Africa, Canada, Hungary, and Spain. Benvenuto has prepared choirs for the San Francisco Opera, the Oakland East Bay Symphony, and the Kronos Quartet. His choirs have collaborated with Veljo Tormis, Joseph Jennings, Carmina Slovenica, California Shakespeare Theater, and the Golden Gate Men's Chorus. Benvenuto holds a D.M.A. in choral conducting from Boston University and a master's degree from Westminster Choir College.


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USA - Kansas Lawrence Children's Choir Carolyn Welch, Conductor The Lawrence Children's Choir is a non-profit arts organization that brings musical excellence to young singers through vocal training and music fellowship to children from preschool through 9th grade.The choir was founded in 1991 by Janeal Crabb Krehbiel and her sister Marilyn Crabb Epp. Since the choir became a non-profit organization, it has refined its repertoire and attracted national attention, now serving more than 150 children.The organization is divided into levels that best match each student's abilities. Each choir strives for musical excellence through performing challenging works by master composers; musicianship training in vocal technique; skill development and music reading; and the fulfillment that comes from public performances.These same experiences foster positive character qualities such as honesty, responsibility, stamina, courage, cooperation, and self-discipline. LCC firmly believes that the benefits to one's self-esteem resulting from a commitment to quality music education are far-reaching and long-lasting.According to Tim Sharp, Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association,“The Lawrence Children's Choir represents everything that is wonderful about choral singing; they are one of the best choirs in the country.� Carolyn Welch, Conductor Carolyn Welch took the artistic helm of the Lawrence Children's Choir in April 2012. She's assisted with LCC and taught vocal music in the Lawrence public schools since 1997, currently directing choirs at Southwest Middle School and Free State High School. She holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Vocal Performance from the University of Colorado, and a Bachelor's in Music Education from Minnesota State University. She is a former board member of the Kansas Choral Directors Association, serving as Children's Choir Co-Chair (2005-2008). She is a current board member of Down Home Ranch for adults, a residential working ranch in Texas for adults with intellectual disabilities. In 2007 Carolyn received the Kansas Northeast District Outstanding Middle Level Teacher Award for Choir. In 2002 she was the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays fellowship to study in Argentina. She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, MENC and Chorus America.


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USA - New Jersey ChildrenSong of New Jersey Polly Murray, Conductor ChildrenSong of New Jersey, directed by Polly Murray, is a choral music education and performance program based in Haddonfield, New Jersey. Established in 2000, the program serves 100 children from across New Jersey in three choirs between the ages of 8 and 17.The organization’s mission is to provide quality vocal music instruction with the goal of attaining the highest level of artistic excellence in choral music performance. Recent performances include Carnegie Hall;Washington National Cathedral; Kimmel Center in Philadelphia; South Jersey Performing Arts Center; Atlantic City Convention Center; and Canterbury Cathedral.The Choir has performed with the Haddonfield Symphony;Academy of Vocal Arts; Sounds of Liberty Chorus; and the Philadelphia Orchestra.The Concert Choir recorded a treble version of Elton John’s Rocket Man, paired with a book about legendary runner Steve Prefontaine.The choir recently recorded music with singer/songwriter Caroline Jones for a popular holiday light show in Greenwich, Connecticut. ChildrenSong boasts an annual outreach program, Songfest, where over 300 young singers from all over New Jersey share in a day of international traditions, music-making and ethnic dancing.

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Polly Murray, Conductor Polly Murray received her Bachelor of Music degree from Temple University; Master of Music degree from Northwestern University; and pursued post-graduate work at Westminster Choir College. She has completed certification levels in Kodály and Orff-Schulwerk, and three levels of Choral Music Experience. She has received numerous awards for teaching, including the Golden Apple Teacher Award; Outstanding Music Educator; the New Jersey Symphony Master Teacher Award; and the Applause Award in Music for contributions to the arts. In 2007 she won an award from the Geraldine Dodge Foundation for study at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary. Ms. Murray has also presented workshops in choral music at the New Jersey Music Educator’s State Conference; NJEA State Conference; Rowan University; and for the NJ American Choral Directors Association Summer Conference. She also served as the guest conductor for the 2005 ACDA New Jersey Elementary Honor Choir and 2001 South Jersey Elementary Festival Chorus.

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2013 Festival CD Set The International Choral Festival is pleased to once again offer a two CD collection of the inspiring performances from this year's event, which will feature each of the 2013 participating choirs.These CDs are a wonderful souvenir and make a unique gift. The cost of the 2-disc set is only $25 USD plus shipping and handling. Order forms are available at the merchandise table at concerts and events, or you may clip and mail the form below to: ICF, P.O. Box 8203, Missoula, MT 59807.You may also order the CD from the ICF Store at Quantity: ____________ x $25 USD per set = Shipping & Handling Costs: - USA - Canada/Mexico - All other countries

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