August 25-September 4, 2013 – Oregon Arts Orchestra performs in Italy

Oregon Arts Orchestra
Portland, Oregon
Cindy H. Petty, Conductor

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Chiesa Sant’ Andrea della Valle
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
00186 Rome, Italy

Thursday, August 29, 2013
Tettuccio Baths Pavilion
Viale Verdi 71

Sunday, September 1, 2013
Loggia dei Cavalieri in the Piazza dei Signorino
Via Martiri della Libertà

To Be Selected From:
Rossini | La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie):  Overture
Cimarosa | Concerto for 2 Flutes in G Major
Vivaldi | L’ estate, G minor, RV 315 (Summer)
Vivaldi | L’ inverno, RV 297, F minor (Winter)
Hanson | Symphony no. 2, op. 30 (Romantic)


About the Artists…

The Oregon Arts Orchestra is comprised of the finest community professional musicians from the states
of Oregon, Washington, Utah and Montana on the Northwestern Coast of the United States. Members have been specially selected by Conductor Cindy H. Petty as musical ambassadors to travel worldwide sharing their music and to represent many orchestras of the region including the Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Newport Symphony, The Portland Jewish Community Orchestra, Marylhurst Symphony, Willamette Falls Symphony, Oregon Sinfonietta, Oregon Coast Chamber Players, the Oregon Mozart Players and the Salem Chamber Orchestra, The Northwest Civic Orchestra of Montana, Chandler Symphony Orchestra and the Utah Wind Ensemble. The members are a diversified group of professionals who by day serve as physicians, teachers, architects, administrators, computer technicians and software engineers, accountants, attorneys, postal workers, business executives, stock brokers, bankers, mothers, fathers and students. In the afternoon and evenings they come together to share the passion of their hearts – music. This is a unique group of Americans brought together through the musical heritage of their ancestors with a desire to play fine works for themselves and for their communities. This is their second European concert tour having previously performed to sold out crowds in Dvorak Hall (Czech Republic), Haydnshall, and in various churches throughout Salzburg and Vienna. It is with honor that we perform as an orchestra throughout the United States and abroad representing the strength that music brings to all generations of time as we sit side by side as friends, youth, siblings, parents and grandparents of our communities performing great music and blending the generations of time, ethnicity, history and country honoring and keeping our heritage and connections alive through music.

Cindy H. Petty is a conductor and teacher recognized for her “outstanding precision, musical vision, warm motivation, engaging stage presence and a unique ability to connect with musicians and audiences of all ages”. As a professional conductor, violinist and dedicated music educator in the public and private school systems for over 20 years, Ms. Petty honed her skills through study with Kurt Masur, Riccardo Chailly and Maren Alsop after completing degrees in both education and conducting from the University of Utah. As a Conductor, Cindy currently serves as the Music Director and Conductor of the Oregon Arts Orchestra (OR), Principal Guest Conductor and Concertmaster for the Sapporo Philharmonic Orchestra (Japan), Conductor Emeritus of the Jewish Community Orchestra (OR), and as a Conductor on the Chandler Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series (AZ). As a violinist, she currently performs with the Newport Symphony (OR) and Music Nova (AZ). In addition, Cindy produces concerts and festivals worldwide for Music Celebrations International (AZ) including festivals in Rome, Salzburg, Paris and Washington D.C. Ms. Petty is sought after as a clinician and adjudicator for State and National Music Festivals, All-State Orchestras and Youth Honor Orchestras nationwide. In 2007, she was knighted by the Royal Rosarians of Oregon, under the banner of the rose “Artistry” for her extensive contributions to the community through music.

Previously Ms. Petty has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Portland Youth Philharmonic Conservatory Orchestra; Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra; Oregon Pro Arte Youth Chamber Orchestra; Pro Arte Conservatory Strings; Granite, Jordan and Lincoln Youth Symphonies; the Portland Ensign Choir and Orchestra and the Portland Adventist String Orchestra. She has been honored to be the guest conductor for the Chandler Symphony Orchestra, Rose City Chamber Orchestra, Newport Symphony, 15 All-States Orchestras, 20 Regional Honor Orchestras, and multiple other orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe with performances in Kitara (Japan), Dvorak Hall (Prague), Haydnshall (Austria), The Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Walt Disney Concert Hall (CA), and Orchestra Hall in Chicago among others.

Ms. Petty firmly believes that music is essential to and complements every other area of our lives. It is cognitive, physical, expressive, goal oriented, aesthetic, exciting and rewarding. Music must be accessible to everyone to truly touch lives. Music is an aural sport, a lifelong skill which ensures the human element of life! It is work and recreation at the same time. It requires a high level of commitment and dedication to excellence. As stated by Ms. Petty, “Music is not just my profession… is my passion!”

June 22-July 3, 2013 – Los Angeles Citywide Children’s Christian Choir performs in Italy and Switzerland

Los Angeles Citywide Children’s Christian Choir
Los Angeles, California
Peggy Richmond, director

Tuesday, June 25 , 2013
Institute of Little Sisters of the Poor
Piazza San Pietro in Vincoli 6

Thursday, June 27, 2013
Santa Maria de Ricci
Via Del Corso

Monday, July 1, 2013
Weggis Pavilion
Lakeside Weggis

To Be Selected From:
Bach, arr. Hopson | All the Earth Sing Forth
Williams and Drennan | Come and See The Works of The Lord
Rutter | All Things Bright and Beautiful
Petker | Trumpets Resound!
Bach, arr. Roddy | Rejoice Ye Children of God
Chilcott | Be Simple Little Children
Bach arr. Gounod | Ave Maria
Cutright | Jubilate Deo
Arr. Willmington | Uyai mose/Come, All You People
Traditional | Dona Nobis Pacem
Richmond | Teach Us Lord


About the Artists…

The ultimate goal for the county-wide Los Angeles Citywide Children’s Christian Choir (LA4C) is to spread the gospel throughout the world. LA4C currently has approximately 75 members.  The choir is in its 19th season and is in demand throughout the Southern California area.  The choir has performed on various T.V. shows (Home and Family Show, KCET’s Storytime Show,  The Carol  Lawrence Show), recorded a CD for Walt Disney Productions,  appeared on various radio programs, and performed in venues such as The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Los Angeles Music Center,  Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Magic Mountain, The Republican Convention’s Prayer Breakfast, etc.   LA4C completed its first CD recording which is available at performances and on the choir’s web page (  LA4C also sang in Washington, DC, representing California in our nation’s “225th Anniversary of our Independence Concert.”  They have traveled extensively in Europe, including England, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, Belgium and The Netherlands.  In the summer of 2013, the choir is headed back to Italy and will also be singing in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Ms. Peggy Richmond is a published music writer, having written the music for the Luis Palao Crusades’ Children’s Program, as well as music for LA4C and the children’s choirs at her church, Glendale Presbyterian Church, where she is currently on staff.

In addition to Ms. Richmond’s responsibilities as Founder and Director of the Los Angeles Citywide Children’s Christian Choir, she also teaches piano and voice, is Director of Children’s Music and Worship at Glendale Presbyterian Church, and teaches music at local elementary schools in Glendale.


June 14-22, 2013 – Davis High School Madrigals perform in Italy

Davis High School Madrigals
Davis, California
Karen Gardias, director

Sunday, June 16, 2013
Chiesa di San Giovanni Ciro 
Via San Ciro, 13
Vico Equense (map)

Thursday, June 20, 2013
Via Vitellia, 33
Rome (map)

Friday, June 21, 2013
Santa Maria del Popolo Church
Piazza del Popolo, 12
00187 Rome  (map)

To Be Selected From:
Rachmaninoff | Bogoroditse Devo
Tavener | The Lamb
Bartolucci | O Sacrum Convivium
Manuel | Alleluia
Palestrina | Sicut cervus
Palestrina | Kyrie
Lauridsen | O Magnum Mysterium
Palestrina | Isti sunt viri sancti
Duruflé | Ubi Caritas
Chesnokov | The Angel Cried Out
Biebl | Ave Maria
Palestrina | Adoramus Te
De Victoria | Veni Sponsa Chrsti
Finzi | My Spirit Sang All Day
Langager | Irish Blessing


About the Artists…

The Davis High Madrigal Singers, founded in 1966, is an auditioned group of 32 high school students from Davis, California, who perform a wide variety of music dating from the 15th century to the present. In their distinctive, Renaissance-inspired costumes, the chamber choir currently enjoys about 40 performances per year within the United States and abroad. This highly accomplished class, within the CA public school system, demands the best of these young musicians’ talents and they have had the pleasure of working with many renowned U.S. and international musicians. Some of the Madrigals’ most treasured experiences, however, have been through community outreach. From the time-honored tradition of The Madrigal Dinner, a 16th Century holiday feast, to the preparing and serving of meals at The Wayfarer Center, choral workshops, and benefit concerts, the Madrigals are committed to their “musical message of joy and hope” through song and service.

Karen Gardias, director
Karen Gardias received a Bachelor of Music Education from Baldwin-Wallace University, a master’s in education from Maryville University, and a Doctorate of Education in Music from University of the Pacific. Karen began her teaching career as a high school orchestra director in Raleigh, North Carolina and then St. Louis, Missouri. She is beginning her 20th year as a choir director at Davis High School.In addition to her role as Department Chair, she teaches AP Music Theory. Her choirs have performed throughout Europe, Australia, and United States. They have won the Prague International Choral Competition, the Llangollen Eisteddod International Competition and performed with Josh Groban.

Karen received the ‘News 10 Teacher of the Month Award’ for Northern California; The Yale University Outstanding Music Educator; two Striving for Excellence Awards for Yolo County, Who’s Who of America’s Teachers and has been a BTSA Mentor Teacher. Her school music program has been recognized as a Grammy
Foundation Signature School.


May 9, 2013 – High Point University Concert Choir Sings in Rome

High Point University Concert Choir
Marc Ashley Foster, director

Thursday, May 9, 2013
9:00 PM
Chiesa di Sant’Eustachio
Via di Sant’Eustachio, 19
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy (map)


Howard Helvey | O Lux Beatissima
Henryk Górecki | Totus Tuus
Arr. Robert Shaw & Alice Parker | Hark! I Hear the Harps Eternal
Anton Bruckner | Ave Maria
Dan Forrest | Entreat Me Not to Leave You
Eric Whitacre | A Boy and a Girl
Spiritual; arr. Moses Hogan | My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord
Spiritual; arr. Moses Hogan | Battle of Jericho
Spiritual; arr. Moses Hogan | Elijah Rock
Spiritual; arr. Williams Dawson | Soon Ah Will Be Done
Spiritual; arr. Hall Johnson | Ain’t Got Time to Die
Spiritual; arr. Moses Hogan | Jesus Lay Your Head in the Window
Spiritual; arr. Moses Hogan | Every Time I Feel the Spirit



About the Artists…

The High Point University Choirs, located in High Point, NC, are made up of students from many academic disciplines across campus and who hail from all over the United States. The choirs are divided into four separate ensembles: UNIVERSITY SINGERS, a non-auditioned, large ensemble of 85 singers; CHAPEL CHOIR, the resident choir for weekly chapel services at the university; WOMEN’S CHORUS, a select small ensemble of treble voices; and CHAMBER SINGERS, a select, auditioned-only choir that serves as the main touring ensemble of the university. The choirs were honored recently to perform a solo concert to a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall in New York and will perform a solo concert in March of 2014 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, NY.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students. It is ranked by U.S. News and World Report at No. 1 among Regional Colleges in the South and No. 1 among Up and Coming Regional Colleges in the South. Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2012-2013 list of “Colleges of Distinction.” The university offers 44 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 11 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

DR. MARC ASHLEY FOSTER was named Chair of the Department of Music and Director of Choral Activities at High Point University (HPU) in July of 2009. In his four years at HPU, Dr. Foster has overseen a significant expansion of the Department of Music, with the addition of 23 new music faculty, 85 music majors/minors, 133 students singing in choirs, 8 new instrumental ensembles, and over 375 students in private lessons. Dr. Foster has taught at the University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, Texas and Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi and comes to High Point after serving as the Director of Worship Arts Ministries at Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church in Jackson, Mississippi and as the Artistic Director of the Mississippi Chorus.

Dr. Foster received a Doctor of Music Arts degree (DMA) in Choral Conducting from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Sacred Music degree (MSM) from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and the Bachelor of Music Education degree (BM Ed) in Choral Conducting and Voice from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Dr. Foster has served as the Music in Worship Chair for the Mississippi chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and his choirs have appeared at such venues as the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church of South Georgia, the dedication service for the Mississippi United Methodist Bishop, Hope Morgan Ward, and the Annual Conferences of the Mississippi United Methodist Church in June of 2006 and June, 2008. His choirs have performed solo concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City, NY, at York Minster Cathedral in York, England, and toured throughout Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Austria. His youth choirs have toured extensively throughout the United States.

Dr. Foster is a founding member of the Mississippi Vocal Arts Ensemble, a professional quartet of singers dedicated to the advancement of vocal music throughout the Southeast, and as a tenor soloist is a sought after recitalist. Recent engagements include:

• Handel’s MESSIAH at Memorial United Methodist Church in Thomasville (NC)
• Vaughan Williams SERENADE TO MUSIC with the MS Symphony
• J.S. Bach MAGNIFICAT with the Meister Singers of Hattiesburg, Mississippi
• Saint Saens CHRISTMAS ORATORIO at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Vicksburg (MS) and Episcopal Church of the Creator in Clinton (MS)
• Brahms’ LIEBESLIEDER WALTZES at St. Phillips Episcopal Church in Jackson (MS)
• Haydn’s CREATION, Carl Orff’s CARMINA BURANA, and Handel’s MESSIAH with the Mississippi Chorus and Orchestra
• MISSA LUBA with Eastern Kentucky University (KY), St. John Student Church at Michigan State University in East Lansing (MI), the Piedmont Chamber Singers (NC), Millsaps College (MS), Brevard College (NC), and Southern Methodist University (TX)
• Mozart’s VESPERS at First Presbyterian Church in High Point (NC),
• Mozart’s MASS IN C MAJOR at First United Methodist Church in Frisco (TX), and at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church Dallas (TX),
• Mozart’s GRAND MASS IN C MINOR at First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth (TX),
• Vaughan Williams’ HODIE at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas (TX).

Dr. Foster is the proud father of two very active young boys, Michael and Pearson, and is married to Rev. Michelle Foster, an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church and a member of the Western North Carolina Conference, serving as Associate Pastor at Covenant Church United Methodist in High Point, NC.


March 24, 2013: Menasha High School Blue Jay Brigade Performs Outdoor Concert at Piazza della Minerva, Rome

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Menasha High School Blue Jay Brigade Marching Band
Kevin Plekan, director

Sunday, March 24, 2013
5:00 pm
Piazza della Minerva
00186 Roma, Italy (map)


Program: An outdoor marching band performance with repertoire to be chosen from the following:

Italian National Anthem
Star Spangled Banner
On Wisconsin
Menasha High School Fight Song
Kernkraft 400
Bad Romance
Soul Man
Jenny Jenny
Dirty Deeds
Party Rock Anthem
25 or 6 to 4
7 Nation Army
Smooth Criminal

Information: 800-395-2036


About the artists… 

Special Awards and Travel of the Menasha High School Blue Jay Brigade Marching Band: 

Superior rating, first place trophy and ‘Best Overall Band’ at the Music in the Parks marching competition in Illinois

Won the BCS Gator Bowl National Field Show Marching Competition and took second place in the BCS National Parade Marching Competition; performed at the BCS Gator Bowl Pre-game and Halftime shows

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade in Appleton, Wisconsin for 100,000 people

Performed three concerts in Madrid, Spain

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

Performed as part of the FVA North Mass Band for the Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons regular season football game

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

Performed as part of the halftime show of the BCS National Championship Football Game between Louisiana State University and the Ohio State University; took second place in the BCS National Championship Field Marching Competition

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

Played several concerts in Rome, Italy, including in front of the Pantheon

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

Performed as part of the FVA North Mass Band for a Green Bay Packers regular season game

Superior rating, first place trophy and ‘Best Overall Band’ at the Music in the Parks marching competition in Illinois

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

Played for a wreath laying ceremony at Omaha Beach in France as part of the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion; played two additional concerts, one in Paris, and one near the base of the Eiffel Tower

Played for the pre-game show of the Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks playoff game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin for 70,457 people

Superior rating and second place trophy at Music in the Parks marching competition in Illinois

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade  for 100,000 people

Played for the halftime of the Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers playoff game at Lambeau Field for 65,000 people

Performed two concerts during a spring break trip to New Orleans, Louisiana

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

Excellent rating, first place trophy and ‘Best Overall Band’ at the Music in the Parks marching competition in Illinois

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

Nominated by Governor Tommy Thompson to represent the state of Wisconsin for the “100th Anniversary of the Death of Johann Strauss American Celebration of Music” in Austria; performed in Vienna, Salzburg, Graz, Innsbruck, Austria, and Budapest

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

Performances at Magic Kingdom and Universal Studios in Florida

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 20,000 people

Halftime show for Superbowl XXXI featuring the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

Excellent rating and first place trophy at Music in the Parks Marching Competition in Illinois

Performances at Epcot Center and MGM Studios in Florida

Kevin Plekan, director

Mr. Plekan has been the band director at Menasha High School since 2006. He is also the Music Department Chair and Drama Director at Menasha High School, and the Choral Director at St. Timothy’s Church in Menasha. Kevin is a 1989 graduate of Lawrence University with his Bachelor of Music degree, and a 2001 graduate of Marian College, where he earned his master’s degree in administration and his State of Wisconsin Principal’s License.


April 3, 2013: Lakeville North High School Chorale Sings at Santa Maria Sopra Minerva in Rome

Lakeville North High School Chorale
Paul Wigley, director

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
9:00 PM
Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva
Piazza della Minerva, 42
00186 Rome, Province of Rome, Italy (map)

Program scheduled to include…

Beati Quorum Via – Charles V. Stanford
All That Hath Life and Breath – Rene Clausen
The Road Home – Stephen Paulus
The Battle of Jericho spiritual – arr. Moses Hogan
Give Me Jesus spiritual – arr. Larry Fleming
Vamuvamba – Boniface Muganga
Come Thou Holy Spirit – Pavel Tschesnokov
Let All the Nations Praise the Lord – Volkmar Leisring
Cantate Domino – Hans Leo Hassler

…and much more


About the artists…

Lakeville North High School Chorale

The Lakeville North High School Chorale is one of five curricular choral ensembles
in the Lakeville North High School vocal music program. It consists of auditioned juniors and seniors, who also are required to take private lessons as part of the Chorale class.

The Chorale is known for its tradition of performing high quality choral music with skill and musicality. Performances include a wide variety of repertoire; from light pops to the great masterworks to the vast array of multicultural choral works. These singers perform a Fall concert, Winter concert, Talent show, Masterworks concert, Cabaret concert, and Pops concert during the school year. They participate in festivals and contests around the state of Minnesota, and have received consistently high marks from clinicians and adjudicators. The LNHS Chorale recently commissioned the Benedictus, from “Celtic Mass,” by the American composer Ben Allaway.

Singers from the Chorale have received many individual honors including All-State Chorus, Best of Site awards at regional solo and ensemble contests, and selection to Minnesota ACDA Honor Choirs.

The Chorale has performed in Washington, DC, Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, and for many honor choir festivals in the Midwest. They are looking forward to enjoying the rich cultural heritage of Italy.

Paul Wigley, director

Paul Wigley graduated from the University of Minnesota in Music Education and received his Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa in 1997. Paul currently teaches choral music, advanced placement music theory, and class guitar at Lakeville (MN) North High School. His Lakeville HS vocal jazz ensemble has received numerous regional honors. Under the direction of Mr. Wigley, the Lakeville North High School Chorale has toured extensively in Europe, with tours including Great Britain, Italy, Austria, Spain and France. He previously taught for the Algona (IA) Community School District, which was the recipient of the Iowa Exemplary Music Program Award in November of 1998. He has delivered lectures on vocal jazz and barbershop harmony to many colleges and choral directors’ associations throughout the Midwest.

Paul judged the International Barbershop Harmony Society quartet and chorus contests in 1991, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2002, and 2008. He has also taught Barbershop Harmony Society Directors Colleges in New York, Maryland, Wisconsin, Missouri, Washington and California, and served on the National Youth Outreach Committee.

In September, 1998, he judged the European Open Choral championships in Stockholm, Sweden. He currently directs the Minneapolis Commodores, who rank in the top 25 of all barbershop choruses internationally. Other awards include Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers; Mr. Music Award, which is given once a year from the 5-state area of the Barbershop Harmony Society, 1990; and Outstanding Young Men of America. He has been a guest lecturer in vocal jazz at the University of Minnesota, Augsberg College, Iowa Choral Directors’ symposium, and Wisconsin Choral Directors’ Singspiel.

His family includes his wife, Becky, who is a substitute teacher in the Lakeville School District, and daughter Sarah, who is currently a professor of musical theatre at the University of Northern Colorado and a professional actress in the Denver area.