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 singers need to excel. However, the true key to student success lies with Choral Director and Chair of Visual and Performing Arts, Mark Teeters.
Teeters accepted the position of Director of Choral Music at Vintage High School in 2000, and since then he has been a pillar of the program and the community. In 2005 he received the Rotary Teacher of the Year award, and in 2009 he was awarded both Napa County Teacher of the Year as well as the statewide California Teacher of the Year. Mark actually attended high school at VHS which is undoubtedly why he fosters such strong connections with his students. Under his direction, Vintage High School choirs have won competitions all over the world and become a point of pride for their community.
Vintage High School’s upcoming trip will be the second time their choirs have visited in recent years, but getting there is no mean feat since the expenses of travel and accommodation can be prohibitive. Fortunately, Teeters and his choirs have found successful means of fundraising including silent auctions, revenue from performances, and booster support.
Florence, Venice, and More…
The trip to Italy will consist of nine days of performances and touring. The ensembles will give performances of Fauré’s Requiem, Op. 48 and Schubert’s Stabat Mater, D.383 and Tantum Ergo, D.962 with the Orchestra di Camera Fiorentina under the direction of conductor Peter Tiboris. The performance will be held in the Basilica di Santo Spirito in Florence, known for its stunning Renaissance architecture and many frescoes. Following the performances, the musicians will visit museums and historical sites in some of Italy’s most beautiful cities, including Florence, Verona, Venice, and the picturesque Lake Garda before a final flight back to the states with memories to last a lifetime.
For 34 years MidAmerica Productions has brought performers from all across the country to Carnegie Hall and other historical concert venues, including over 200 performances in Europe. To have your choral group perform in Carnegie Hall or abroad, go to www.midamerica-music.com or call us at (212) 239-0205.