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5 Fundraising Ideas to Travel with your Choir, Orchestra, or Band

5 Fundraising Ideas to Travel with your Choir, Orchestra, or Band

Traveling with your choir, orchestra, or band can be incredibly rewarding. Visiting new places is both exciting and educational, and when you get to perform in one of the world’s famous concert halls, you end up with experiences that can inspire young musicians, and memories that last a lifetime. Although traveling with a group can be expensive, the cost of the trip shouldn’t be what stands in the way of giving your students or ensemble the opportunity to perform in…

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5 Tips for Memorizing Music

5 Tips for Memorizing Music

It has long been a practice for soloists and singers to perform their music from memory. Today, some orchestras are going so far as to have the ensemble perform their concerts entirely from memory. Musicologists and performers often have debated whether or not memorization enhances performance, but the fact remains that as musicians, we are often called upon to memorize our music. Here are five tips from the pros to help you memorize your parts faster and better: #1. Memorize…

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Holy Week in Firenze

Holy Week in Firenze

Florence, Italy, boasts a number of beautiful churches and basilicas, but none more magnificent than the Great Basilica di Santa Croce. We have been fortunate enough to arrange a special sacred music program in this ancient church in the middle of Holy Week this April. Led by conductor Peter Tiboris, the Vintage High School Choir from Napa, California, and the Coro del Liceo will perform a selection of sacred music including Mozart’s Ergo Interest, K.143/73a and Fauré’s Requiem. The choirs…

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Modern Classics: John Rutter’s Requiem

Modern Classics: John Rutter’s Requiem

John Rutter’s Requiem, composed in 1985, has become a fixture of choral repertoire all over the world. Often compared to Fauré’s Requiem, it subtly walks the line between modern style and a romantic affinity for melody that is characteristic of Rutter’s music. Like Faure’s, Rutter’s Requiem is more poignant than morose, yet still profoundly moving. Although there are many similarities between the two works, Rutter drew on his personal heritage to make the Requiem his own. John Rutter was born…

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Ron Jones on Performing in Carnegie Hall

Ron Jones on Performing in Carnegie Hall

Being able to perform in Carnegie Hall is the dream of many young musicians all over the world, but actually taking the stage can be a nerve-wracking experience no matter your age. This feeling is well known to conductor Ron Jones of Port Angeles, Washington. On April 6, 2017, Jones conducted in Carnegie Hall as part of MidAmerica Production’s 34th concert season; this concert is just the latest of several previous appearances with MidAmerica Productions dating back to 1989. We…

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How to Direct Children’s Choirs

How to Direct Children’s Choirs

There is no instrument as complex or peculiar as the human voice. Each person’s singing voice has a specific range and timbre that, like a fingerprint, is unique only to them. Not only do our voices differ from person to person, but also across time; as we grow out of our childhood, our voices change and settle into the register with which we will speak and sing for the rest of our lives.  Given that our voices are so distinctly…

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Star Performers: Carthage College Choir and Eduardo García-Novelli

Star Performers: Carthage College Choir and Eduardo García-Novelli

Carthage College was founded in 1847 as a private liberal arts institution in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Located directly on the scenic shores of Lake Michigan, it provides an idyllic location for higher education yet remains accessible from two major urban centers, Milwaukee and Chicago. The Carthage College Choir, founded in 1927, began as a small a cappella group which exclusively performed sacred music. Now, nearly 90 years later, the choir is a celebrated component of Wisconsin’s cultural landscape and performs regularly…

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Peter Tiboris to Conduct Holy Week Performance in the Basilica di Santa Croce

Peter Tiboris to Conduct Holy Week Performance in the Basilica di Santa Croce

On April 11, 2017, Peter Tiboris will lead Napa Valley, California’s Vintage High School Chamber Singers in a performance of choral music in Florence’s famous Basilica di Santa Croce (in English, the Basilica of the Holy Cross). The event falls during Holy Week, giving the occasion added significance as the Basilica does not often allow concerts in this sacred time. Located in the heart of Florence, Italy the Basilica di Santa Croce has become the city’s number one tourist destination….

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Star Performers: Napa Valley Choir to Tour Florence in April

Star Performers: Napa Valley Choir to Tour Florence in April

Drawn by centuries-old musical traditions, vocalists the world over dream of performing on the stages of Italy’s numerous concert halls. For the Vintage High School Chamber Singers and their Choral Director Mark Teeters, that dream is soon to become a reality. From One Wine Country to Another Located in Napa, California, Vintage High School offers a music program that includes six performance choirs of varying skill levels. From lessons for beginners to instruction in advanced repertoire, the program provides everything aspiring…

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Testimonials and Praise for MidAmerica Productions

Testimonials and Praise for MidAmerica Productions

For the past 34 years it has been both our privilege and our great joy to produce concerts in Carnegie Hall and all over the world, and to bring talented musicians together for those performances. What started with a single concert now numbers nearly 1500 thanks to our devotion to crafting quality concert experiences. We believe that this devotion ensures the superior caliber of our work, and gives us a reason to be proud of what we do. Read on to see what…

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