Helen sings soprano and this year performed in the Southeast Regional Honor Choir and the Alaska State Honor Choir. Helen sings with the Petersburg High School Choir, the Juneau Douglas High School Choir and church and community choirs.
Kristina plays French horn in the Juneau Douglas High School wind ensemble and wind quintet. She participated in the Southeast Honor Band and was first alternate for the Alaska State Honor Band. She has played with the Sitka Fine Arts Camp Concert Band, Juneau Student Symphony, Juneau Symphony Orchestra, Youth Concerto Competition, and Juneau Marching Band. She has also participated in the Alaska Youth Choir and the Chapel by the Lake Handbell Choir.
Kristina and Helen will join other student musicians chosen from applicants representing nearly every state when The SOUND OF AMERICA Honor Band And Chorus begins its 2005 European Concert Tour in July. Selection into The SOUND OF AMERICA is a distinguished honor for all participants. All applicants are carefully screened and chosen after a rigid character and musical evaluation.
All student performers will meet on the campus of Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania on July 1st. After four days of intensive rehearsal and orientation, the group will depart for Frankfurt, Germany where it will begin its tour. The group will present 10 performances in some of Europe's finest concert halls and major cathedrals during its 25-day concert tour.
The students will experience the cultures of six countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France and Luxembourg. Some of the exciting locations that will be visited during the tour are Paris, Venice, Strasbourg, Innsbruck, Stresa, Verona, Rothenburg, Grindelwald, Cortina, La Chaux-de-Fonds and Disneyland Paris.
Clyde M. Barr, past State President of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and President of the North American Music Festivals, which sponsors Music Festivals in Myrtle Beach, Toronto, New York, Virginia Beach, and Washington D.C. is Tour Coordinator and Conductor of the Honor Band.
Dr. Stephen W. Ausmann, Associate Professor of Music at Dana School of Music in Youngstown University of Ohio, will serve as the Conductor of the Sound of America Honor Chorus.
The SOUND OF AMERICA Honor Band and Chorus, celebrating its 29th year in 2005, is recognized as one of the finest and most successful European Concert Tour programs in existence. It has received international acclaim for its exemplary success in achieving outstanding cultural relationships with European countries. The SOUND of AMERICA has been the recipient of letters of commendation from current United States President George W. Bush, former United States Presidents Ronald Regan and George Bush, former Under-Secretary-General to the United Nations Dick Thornburgh, former Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Ridge, and former First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The SOUND OF AMERICA, Inc. is registered with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the IRS as a non-profit, tax exempt corporation.