The University of North Dakota Concert Choir will spend its spring break touring, performing and learning in the Netherlands and Belgium March 12-22.
The choir, under the direction of assistant professor of music Joshua Bronfman, will leave from Fargo on Saturday with 45 members and will arrive in Amsterdam on Sunday. The choir will visit a dozen cities while performing and participating in clinics with professional conductors.
â€œThis is an educational opportunity for the kids and great exposure for the University of North Dakota,â€ Bronfman said. â€œIt shows people from the state and around the region that weâ€™re a top-notch music program.â€
Bronfman said UNDâ€™s choir was originally invited to participate in a music festival at The Hague hosted by the Association for Music International Schools (AMIS), an organization that promotes music excellence for children attending schools abroad.
AMIS sponsors a variety of music festivals annually that are designed to benefit students in international schools in Europe and the Middle East. Students and teachers from other areas of the world are invited to participate, but the festivals are located primarily in Europe.
Through fund-raising efforts and with contributions from the UND Dean of Arts and Sciences office and UND student government, Bronfman was able to turn the trip into a multi-city tour that includes a variety of performances in the Netherlands and Belgium.
â€œThe kids are very excited about it,â€ Bronfman said. â€œWe couldnâ€™t have done this without support of the University and everyone else involved. Very few universities provide this level of support to their concert choirs.â€
While on the tour, Bronfman will be writing a blog about the choirâ€™s travels available thatâ€™s available at http://undconcertchoir.wordpress.com
UND Concert Choir Schedule
Saturday, March 12 â€“ Fly out of Fargo at 5:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 13 â€“Arrive in Amsterdam at 11:00am local time. Tour Amsterdam and visit the Rijksmuseum (museum of art and history). Travel to the city of Haarlem.
Wednesday, March 16 â€“ Travel to Hilversum to attend rehearsals of the Netherlands Radio Choir and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Travel to DeFontein Kerk in Katwijk for a master class with conductor Dr. Andre Thomas. Travel to Den Haag (The Hague).
Thursday, March 17 â€“ Visit Delft for sight-seeing, and then travel to Beek.
Friday, March 18 â€“ Visit the city of Maastricht. Rehearsal and performance with Universiteit Maastricht and Mannenkoor Beek Leidertafe. .
Saturday, March 19 â€“ Return to The Hague to attend dress rehearsal of the Association for Music International Schools (AMIS) Honor Band and Choir. Performance at 4 p.m. for the festival participants. Travel to Bruges in Belgium.
Sunday, March 20 â€“ Sing at 10 a.m. mass at the St. Gilliskerk Brugge. Walking tour of Bruges.
Monday, March 21 â€“ Travel back to Netherlands for sight-seeing in Antwerp.
Tuesday, March 22 – Fly home. Arrive in Fargo at 4:37 p.m.
UND Music Department
Association for Music International Schools (AMIS)
Joshua Bronfmanâ€™s tour blog
Joshua Bronfman, assistant professor
UND Department of Music
Patrick Miller, writer/editor
UND Office of University Relations