♪ Italy’s Notes of Joy Choir Festival – Rome, June 2015
Date: October 11, 2013
When I was 16 years old, I had the privilege of traveling with my high school choral and instrumental ensembles to France, England and Ireland. It was a remarkable and life-changing journey.
Because of that opportunity in my youth, I learned to appreciate other cultures, to absorb the historic beauty of European cities and countryside, to make life-long friendships and to create music beyond anything I had ever experienced.
In part this is why I have accepted the invitation to lead the Notes of Joy festival - hoping to help make the same kind of opportunity available to other singers. Perhaps there is no-where better in the world to take our music than to Italy - the source of so much of our music and inspiration.
Traveling to Italy enables you to sing in glorious centuries-old cathedrals, see magnificent frescos by Michelangelo, savor the aromas of authentic Italian food, and hear the Italian language spoken - the operatic language of so many Verdi, Puccini and Mozart operas.
Join me in creating music and memories that will stay with you for a lifetime