In May the Chamber Choir embarked on a 10-day performance tour in the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The countries host a number of choral events during the year, and the FGCU Chamber Choir participated in the American Celebration of Music.
The choir was selected as a featured choir to perform in Kaunas Cantat, a bi-annual festival featuring chosen choirs from around the world through an international review process. The student's performance at St. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Kaunas, Lithuania was received with enthusiastic praise and requests for encores. In addition to the festival the choir gave concerts in Villnius (Lithuania), Riga (Latvia), and Tallinn (Estonia). The students had a Masterclass with Eriks Ešenvalds, world-renown composer from Latvia, and shared in a performance at the historic St. John’s church with Dziesmuvara, a Latvian choral ensemble known internationally for its excellence.
For most students, this was their first journey outside of the United States (several have barely been out of Florida!). The experience opened their eyes to European culture. The first day in Lithuania it snowed, also a first for several! The memories forged by traveling together and performing in beautiful spaces strengthened friendships. The tour is something these singers will remember as one of the most meaningful parts of their FGCU experience.