In May 2018, the WKU Chorale will travel to Costa Rica to perform, to learn about Costa Rican culture and music, and to interact with Costa Rican artist-musicians of all ages. This trip is a study abroad learning opportunity for which the students will receive credit.
The cost is $2000 per student. Students are entirely responsible for the price of the trip. The purpose of this campaign is to assist in making the cost of the trip more affordable, so that as many singers as possible can afford to go on the trip.
Just last month, WKU Chorale director (and Professor of Music) Dr. Paul Hondorp was in the nation’s capital city, San José, working with different choirs and giving guest lectures at the Country’s two largest universities. It was a week full of meeting wonderful singers, engaged young directors, and a growing society of choral music in the country. It was also a week of exploring “La Pura Vida” – the “pure life” of this wonderfully peaceful and friendly country.
Dr. Paul Hondorp working with a Costa Rican community choir in October 2017
Sharing the beauty of Costa Rica with “proud Ticos”
Performance tours such as this one are mountaintop experiences for the students. The performances are special in their own right, but equally special are the great opportunities students have to mingle with people of other cultures, with music as a tool for our shared humanity.
This is a big year for the WKU Chorale. Within the timeframe of this campaign they will travel in the state of Kentucky on a performance tour, sharing music with high quality high school programs and recruiting other fine singers to the program. The Chorale has been invited to perform at the American Choral Directors Southern Division conference, which represents the Southeastern 11 states. This is a highly competitive honor, and recognizes WKU as an outstanding program on a visible level. This performance will take place in Louisville in February 2018.
Please consider one of the giving levels listed…and be as loud as you can! Thanks for considering a gift to help these young artist-musicians share in an exceptional cultural exchange.