Having been on choir tours to Europe in the past, I can honestly say that it is something that every choir should have the opportunity to experience. Here are my top reasons to why I think you should travel to Europe with your choir!
1. Experience cultural music nuances
There is something to be said about learning the musical nuances between cultures and how it can help you grow as a musician. The perspective of a foreign musician is bound to be slightly—or significantly—different from your own, and it is important to learn from others in order to inspire new and creative ways of thinking. In addition, the local choirs of the area are sure to be influenced by you—whether by your own American style of music or by your interpretation of the well-known classics!
There are many ways to incorporate cultural exchanges in your performance tour. Performing in joint concerts or participating in workshops with a local ensemble/ instructor are just a few activities to consider.
2. Perform in prestigious concert venues
In the United States, you rarely get to experience venues where famous musicians have performed, but in Europe you can find these venues almost anywhere! Here are examples of musically-relevant venues that Encore groups frequently perform in:
- Salzburg Cathedral – where Mozart and his father worked as musicians
- Haydnsaal – within Esterházy Palace where Haydn was court musician
- St. Stephen’s Cathedral – where Beethoven had his defining moment of deafness when he saw birds flying out of the bell tower but did not hear the bells!
- St. Peter’s Basilica – where many famous Masses have taken place for prominent society figures
3. Market your choir to an international audience
There is no better way to promote your ensemble than through your performances and by performing internationally, you are reaching out to a completely different crowd! Sure, they probably won’t be able to make your next concert in the United States…but they are bound to talk about your choir to some of their friends, and perhaps they will come see you perform during your next performance tour!
4. Learn about music history
Most European cities were highly-regarded musical centers in earlier centuries and some still remain so today. You are bound to run into many places on tour where a musical history lesson is already in place. Austria, in particular, has quite a few. Here are some places you may want to visit for their musical relevance:
- Mozart’s birthplace & Beethoven’s apartment – homes of the much-celebrated composers
- Salzburg Cathedral – where Mozart composed many sacred works for & was baptized at
- Esterházy Palace – under ownership of the Esterházy family where Haydn performed as court musician
- Mirabell Gardens – film location of 'The Sound of Music'
5. Grow together as a group
Spending a week together performing alongside your peers is truly an unforgettable experience. Not only do you become well-coordinated together in your rehearsals and performances, you also become a close-knit family. From my own performance tour experience, I can say that you get to know each other in an entirely new way that helps you appreciate and respect one another on a new level!
Interested in taking choir tours in Europe? Check out our international performance tours online!