KI Concerts (Kingsway International), specializing in international travel to the United Kingdom, has been contacted and have prepared a fun and educational tour that includes the wishes of the MU Chorus and more. The destinations for MU Chorus Abroad will include London, Oxford, and Canterbury and environs. There will also be a visit to the prehistoric site Stonehenge. The mode of transportation to these various areas will be with private motor coach. KI Concerts are very accustomed to meeting the needs of people with a wide range of food allergies.
The Marquette University Chorus Abroad, (1 or 0 credit), is comprised of members of the MU Chorus who will be immersed in the English tradition of the choral art in the United Kingdom; based in London. This opportunity is offered providing a venue for students to participate in high-level performance, critical observation of choral music, and attendance of first-class choral concerts in England. London, England’s capital, is the most populous city of Great Britain. It offers a cosmopolitan mixture of diverse cultures and traditions. Students can find an endless list of world-class museums, monuments, buildings, churches and historical sites.
3/10 Depart from Milwaukee
3/11 Arrive in London
3/12 Orientation tour opportunities
3/13 First Concert at the Lewis Carroll Centre
3/14 visit to Christchurch College in Oxford and tour of Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford
3/15 concert at Southwark Cathedral and attendance of a choral rehearsal at King’s College
3/16 visit a historic Stonehenge and Master’s Class followed by a concert in London.
3/17 Depart London
The course will be taught by Dr. Mark Konewko. Students, undergraduate and graduate level, are encouraged to participate. The student will develop vocal technique, musicality, in-tune singing, audiation (inner hearing), and sight-singing as the five pillars of choral musicianship. Students will be able to recognize the English choral tradition sound and critically analyze performances with emphasis on the difference between the American and British choral arts.
The six course objectives embrace:
Learn and participate in the English art of choral music
Experience choral music in England and what it offers to humankind
Share choral music through performance
Develop a critical ear and eye for a professional choral experience
Learn and develop the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) in the choral rehearsal as it relates to English and American pronunciation
Develop a sensitivity and knowledge of formant tuning
Course requirements are:
Students must register for the MU Chorus Abroad course MUSI 4951 (undergraduate) or MUSI 5951 (graduate) Students must register for MUSI 1100-701 (one credit) or MUSI 1100-702 (zero credit). Both are graded academic courses.
Regular attendance at all rehearsals and performances is necessary. Conflicts should be cleared with the director on a case-by-case basis.
Participation in all performances is necessary. Conflicts should be cleared with the director on a case-by-case basis.
Students will respectfully explore and participate in the MU Chorus Abroad community
All singers are required to provide a one-inch plain black three ring binder for rehearsals.
Students will diligently improve their performance skills.
Performance attire includes black long formal dresses for women and formal black tuxedo, shirt, bow tie and cummerbund for men.
Assignments for the class include:
Learn and prepare music for performance in the United Kingdom.
Fulfill the readings prior to departure.
Attend and fully participate in all the orientation meetings leading up to the study abroad program.
Write a 10-page summary of the experience aboard with regard to the English Choral Art and its practice.
A daily journal while abroad is highly recommended.
There is a pre-requisite for MU Chorus Abroad; students must be registered in the MU Chorus MUSI 1100-701 or 702 and fully participate in the MU Chorus.Housing
3 star accommodations, based on double occupancy, are part of the package throughout the program. Daily breakfast and 2 dinners are included. There will be a professional tour escort throughout the tour. American citizens are required to present a valid passport if planning to visit London solely as tourists. A visa is not required to obtain before entering the United Kingdom as long as no work, volunteer or paid, is to be undertaken during the visit, according to the United Kingdom Border Patrol. Students are responsible for booking roundtrip air to and from London being ready to commence the course at noon, Saturday, March 11.
GeoBlue International Health Insurance * $38.00
Program Fee-billable * $2,300.00
The crown jewels, Buckingham Palace, Camden Market…in London, history collides with art, fashion, food, and good British ale. A perfect day is different for everyone: culture aficionados shouldn't miss the Tate Modern and the Royal Opera House. If you love fashion, Oxford Street has shopping galore. For foodies, cream tea at Harrod’s or crispy fish from a proper chippy offers classic London flavor. Music and book buffs will love seeing Abbey Road and the Sherlock Holmes Museum (at 221B Baker Street, of course).