University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
June 10, 2009
Contact: Jennifer Z. Ekman, Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6360

USA Faculty to Lead Alabama Ambassadors of Music Tour in Europe
Free “Send-Off” Concert Set for Tuesday, June 16 at 7 p.m


Three University of South Alabama faculty members will lead the 2009 Alabama Ambassadors of Music Tour, a 16-day, seven-country European concert trip for 60 honors student musicians from high schools across the state.

USA Music Department Chair Dr. Greg Gruner, who also serves as USA’s director of bands, will conduct the Honor Band. Dr. Laura Moore, USA director of choral activities, will conduct the Honor Choir. Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Wood, assistant professor of music at USA, will serve as tour coordinator.

The students will gather at USA for three days of rehearsal and a performance, prior to departing for Europe. Their rehearsals will culminate in a free, public concert on Tuesday, June 16, at 7 p.m. at the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center at USA.

Media are welcome to any rehearsals. The concert is free and open to the public.

The students were nominated by their high school band and choir advisors for their level of musicianship, leadership, and character and were selected for participation by invitation. Each nominee received a congratulatory letter from Gov. Bob Riley.

The Alabama Ambassadors of Music honor band and chorus will share their music with European audiences in seven different countries and in a variety of performance settings. The tour will include stops in England, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, and Germany. The Alabama Ambassadors of Music tour is an educational program designed for honor music students to perform and share their musical talents, while gaining cultural enrichment abroad.

The tour is designed by Voyageurs International, a Denver-based agency specializing in European music tours for numerous state groups throughout the country for over 38 years.


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