The Florida College Chorus and Chamber Singers will travel to compete in the sixth International Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival in Linz, Austria on June 11-18, 2017!

Led by Dr. Jon Bassett and Tim Moore, students in both ensembles will begin their trip in Salzburg with two days of learning about the rich musical history of the city. The ensembles will then begin the four-day international competition in Linz. Students will compete in the choral and ensemble divisions against international groups and perform in the surrounding communities. This will be the first time a Florida College fine arts ensemble has traveled to an overseas competition and will provide a significant opportunity to compete in an international context.

“It’s a great opportunity for our students to sing in some of the worlds greatest venues and see the places several of the composers we are learning about through their compositions worked and lived,” Bassett said. “It brings history and art into a more tangible experience they will share with their friends and cherish for a lifetime.”

The Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival is hosted by INTERKULTUR, a non-profit organization seeking to bring countries together through peaceful competition in music. INTERKULTUR competitions are open to all non-professional choirs, so groups from all over the world have an opportunity to gain international festival and competition experience and compete according to their level of artistic achievement. This year’s competition, dedicated to Anton Bruckner, will include 19 international choirs from 12 countries.

“Choral music is a cultural tradition around the world,” Bassett said. “Sharing the love of choral music with other cultures brings people together and it is a catalyst for developing a broader perspective of self, our creator and the world around us.”

Between the two Florida College ensembles, students will perform in a total of nine concerts over the course of the competition. The Florida College Chorus will perform in the opening concert with a select group of other choirs and will be a part of two competition categories. Both of the ensembles will also have the opportunity to perform with other groups in a benefit concert for the underprivileged.

Good luck to the Florida College Chorus and Chamber Singers as they travel and compete in Austria! If you would like to make a donation to help these students with travel expenses, please do so by visiting this link.