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MidAmerica Productions & MidAm International Celebrate 35 years of Global music-making in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, European Music Capitals and Asia…. announces General Music Director Peter Tiboris 

MidAmerica Productions & MidAm International Celebrate 35 years of Global music-making in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, European Music Capitals and Asia…. announces General Music Director Peter Tiboris 

From the main stage of historic Carnegie Hall, to prestigious international concert halls in Macao, Beijing, and Hong Kong, China, Paris, Vienna, Lisbon, Florence and Hermoupolis, Syros, Greece, MidAmerica Productions has presented more than 1350 concerts in 35 years. In Carnegie Hall alone, MidAmerica Productions has produced 576 concerts, making it the most prolific independent presenter of choral concerts in the history of the iconic concert hall since the opening of the hall on May 5, 1891 when Tchaikovsky conducted….

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Marlynn Rey on the Festival of the Aegean: “It was Excellent in Every Sense”

Marlynn Rey on the Festival of the Aegean: “It was Excellent in Every Sense”

Marlynn Rey is a choral director and composer who recently took part in MidAm International’s 13th Annual Festival of the Aegean. She received a Bachelor of Music from Canadian Bible College with a piano major and voice minor. Rey has directed several choirs in her career, both in the US and Canada. She has been an accompanist for Mesa Community College, AZ, and a private piano instructor for 36 years. Her compositions have been performed at Mesa Community College and…

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Best of Carnegie Hall 2017 – Backstage Photos

Best of Carnegie Hall 2017 – Backstage Photos

What you see when you attend a classical music concert is a couple of hours of live music. What you don’t see is the hundreds of hours of rehearsals, separately and together, or the years of musical training that go into it. You don’t see the community that cherishes and supports these musicians, or the friendships within the ensemble that bring the final performance a greater sense of harmony. This year, we at MidAmerica Productions attempted to shed a little light on the…

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Conductor J. Edmund Hughes on the Confidence-Boosting Power of Performing in Carnegie Hall

Conductor J. Edmund Hughes on the Confidence-Boosting Power of Performing in Carnegie Hall

Edmund Hughes, Adjunct Professor at the University of Puget Sound, retired from the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Music Faculty in 2011 after a 40-year teaching career. He has been awarded the Arizona Outstanding Choral Educator Award (ACDA), Arizona Music Educator of the Year (AMEA), Lifetime Achievement Award (AMEA) and the first Lifetime Achievement Award granted by the University of Arizona’s Choral Music Department. A part-time composer, Ed has several choral compositions in print, published by Santa Barbara Music, Colla Voce Music,…

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Modern Classics: John Rutter’s Mass of the Children

Modern Classics: John Rutter’s Mass of the Children

English composer John Rutter has been a mainstay of the choral music world for nearly four decades, and in that time he has explored the genre thoroughly. Rutter’s work continually challenges choral conventions while remaining joyous and accessible, and his Mass of the Children is no exception. Like many of his compositions, it evokes traditional forms and modern harmonies at once, creating a piece that is rich and compelling. A Choral Work for All Ages As a young boy, Rutter…

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How to Get the Most Out of Fundraising Events

How to Get the Most Out of Fundraising Events

Last week we shared our top five fundraising ideas for traveling with your orchestra, band, or choir. This week, we’re digging a little deeper into one of the ideas we mentioned: fundraising events. For first time fundraisers, hosting an event can be intimidating, but even fundraising veterans can struggle with large-scale functions. With that in mind, read on for our guide to getting the most out of your fundraising events: Step 1: Planning and Promotion The best way to set…

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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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Thompson’s Frostiana: Seven Country Songs

Thompson’s Frostiana: Seven Country Songs

Robert Frost is undoubtedly one of the best known American poets. Although his work is memorable in and of itself, it has also found life outside of poetry as the source of lyrics for Randall Thompson’s Frostiana: Seven Country Songs. Frost’s simple vernacular style and depth of meaning make his poems uniquely suited for singing, a fact that did not escape Thompson in his composition. The piece was commissioned in 1959 by the town of Amherst, Massachusetts, where Frost taught…

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How to Direct Children’s Choirs

How to Direct Children’s Choirs

Although children’s choirs are quite common, the varying skill levels of students in these choirs can lead to interesting challenges for music educators. In addition to rehearsing music and guiding performances, children’s choir conductors must also teach good musical practices and hold the attention of energetic and easily-distracted pupils. Cheryl Dupont, conductor and music educator, will be leading her children’s choir and a number of others on MidAmerica Productions’ Carnegie Hall concert on May 27. We asked her to share…

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MidAm International Announces 2017 Season of Concerts in Florence, Vienna, and Syros, Greece

MidAm International Announces 2017 Season of Concerts in Florence, Vienna, and Syros, Greece

MidAm International’s 2017 season of concerts will take place between April 11 and July 31 in Florence, Italy; Vienna, Austria; and Syros, Greece; according to the General Director and Music Director, Peter Tiboris. Florence The opening concert, in Florence, Italy, on April 11 during Holy Week, will be led by Peter Tiboris who will conduct sacred music with the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, soloists, and choruses from California and Florence, Italy, at the Great Basilica di Santa Croce. An additional…

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