CHOIR’S GERMANY TOUR TO HIGHLIGHT VALPO INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCES

The diverse global learning experiences offered by Valparaiso University will be showcased during a two-week tour of Germany by the Valpo Chorale, one of the nation’s leading Lutheran collegiate choirs.
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Tour Stories

Chorale album features Germany tour

Nov. 16, 2010 - A new album featuring highlights of the Valparaiso University Chorale's 2010 tour of Germany, a musical odyssey that included an unprecedented third residency at the famous St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, is now available for purchase.
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New videos, feature story available

June 19, 2010 - Two new videos featuring highlights from the Valpo Chorale's Germany tour and a story about the choir's participation in a church dedication are now available.
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Student bloggers featured in new video

June 2, 2010 - Two students who blogged about their experiences during the Valparaiso University Chorale's tour of Germany are featured in a new video.
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Watch highlights of final Chorale performance

May 31, 2010 - Watch a video with highlights from the Valparaiso University Chorale's final performance at May 30 church services at Thomaskirche in Leipzig.
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Valpo alumni find success working overseas

May 31, 2010 – The granddaughter of German immigrants, Valparaiso University alumna Julie Scheetz was introduced to German culture at an early age, but it wasn’t until a trip to her grandparents’ native land in 1993 that she set out on a path that would allow her to work in the country for the past nine years.
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German newspaper covers Chorale performance

May 31, 2010 - A translation of a German newspaper story about the chapel dedication ceremony the Chorale performed at earlier in its tour is now available.
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Home Again, Home Again…

May 30, 2010 - Well good evening my multiple fans who have been keeping up with the blogs! It’s officially the last night of tour, because tomorrow we hop on a plane and head back to good ol’ Indiana!
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Chorale takes Thomaskirche tour, performs

May 29, 2010 - The Valparaiso University Chorale was led on a special tour of Thomaskirche on May 29 by Pastor Christian Wolff. Watch a video with highlights of the tour and an afternoon motet service.
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Joining Bach's musical legacy

May 29, 2010 - Day two of our residency at the St. Thomaskirche in Leipzig passed in a flash. Today we sang at the afternoon motette service, accompanied by our friends in the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra.
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Chorale begins Thomaskirche residency

May 29, 2010 - Watch video highlights from the first performance of the Chorale's residency at Thomaskirche in Leipzig and interviews with Chorale members, along with photographs from the evening service.
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Valpo alumna finds worldwide success as opera singer

May 29, 2010 – Marilyn Schmiege’s career as a professional singer has taken her across the world, performing with renowned opera companies and orchestras in Germany, Austria, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Chile and Brazil.
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Concerts Completed, but Performances Continue!

May 28, 2010 - Well hello everyone, I’m reporting from the wonderful city of Leipzig! Our concerts that showcase us as a choir and our repertoire are over, but we still have plenty of singing to do for the St. Thomas Church.
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Engineering students gain overseas experience

May 28, 2010 – For Valparaiso University engineering major Erin Dillon, the opportunity to study and work in Germany for a year is not only enhancing her engineering skills, but helping her become what she calls a “people engineer.”
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A Bach pilgrimage

May 28, 2010 - The Valparaiso University Chorale is following the journey made by J.S. Bach in 1723 from Köthen to Leipzig. Watch a video of the choir's May 27 concert in Köthen, to be followed by a three-day residency at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig.
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Student first in German-U.S. music exchange program

May 27, 2010 – A new partnership between Valparaiso University and a German church music university couldn’t have been timed better for Emily German. The junior discusses her experiences in a video interview.
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Alumnus promotes cultural exchange through Fulbright work

May 27, 2010 – Valparaiso University Chorale alumnus Jadon Nisly reunited with his former classmates in Germany this week during a break from his teaching assignment near Linz, Austria. Nisly is one of five members of Valpo’s Class of 2009 to receive a prestigious Fulbright award to conduct research or teach overseas during the past year.
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Journey to Bach city marks milestone

May 27, 2010 - Whenever people think of Bach, certain things come to mind right away. Great works of sacred music, powdered wigs and Leipzig. Well, after a tour in Köthen, we found that Bach was all that AND a bag of chips.
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German music critics praise Chorale

May 27, 2010 - Two German newspapers praised the Valpo Chorale's May 24 concert in Rottenburg am Neckar. Read English translations of the articles.
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Our hard work pays off

May 26, 2010 - Well blog readers of mine, it has been one crazy but incredibly rewarding and successful day. Today we left Leipzig to go tour and perform in Bernburg.
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Chorale performs in Rottenburg am Neckar

May 25, 2010 - The Valparaiso University Chorale performed May 24 near the German city where it launched one of its first international programs more than four decades ago. Watch a video with highlights from its concert at Wallfahrtskirche.
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Climbing castles and musical exchanges

May 25, 2010 - We’re back on the bus again! This is our longest drive yet with a grand total of eight hours traveling from Rottenburg to Leipzig. We spent this morning in Rottenburg in a workshop with the students from the Hochschule für Kirchenmusik, the town’s church music school.
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Chorale member featured on spiritual

May 25, 2010 - Junior Jakob Tewes discuss his experiences during the Valpo Chorale's Germany tour in a new online video.
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Work gets harder, but rewards become greater!

May 24, 2010 - Hello everyone! It’s me again, writing from Rottenburg am Neckar! Early start to the day, long journey traversed, but inspiring and energizing performance put on!
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Beauty in simplicity

May 23, 2010 - Experiencing traditional church services in other cultures is always interesting. Today the Chorale sang at two confirmation services in Seyda and Gentha, two very small villages about 30 kilometers from Wittenburg.
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An experience beyond words

May 22, 2010 - Today was a really good day. We didn’t perform in any massive cathedrals today. And yet today was actually one of the most musically rewarding days of not only my Valpo career, but my entire life.
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New Chorale tour videos available

May 22, 2010 - Videos of the Chorale's May 20 concert in Leipzig, Senior Night in Berlin and an interview with Chorale member Hilary Clark are now available.
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Chorale helps dedicate long-delayed chapel

May 22, 2010 – Valparaiso University Chorale members shared their musical gifts today with the people of Mark Zwuschen, who celebrated the construction of a chapel banned for decades by the former communist government of East Germany.
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Touching lives at unexpected times

May 21, 2010 - Have you ever done something completely spontaneous and watched it bloom into an eye-opening, moving event? Well I was blessed to have that happen to me today as we traveled to Berlin and toured the amazing city.
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Concert raises funds for international school

May 21, 2010 - A venture to launch a Leipzig school that will combine the study of music and languages benefited from the Valparaiso University Chorale’s first performance in Germany, which took place May 20 at Lutherkirche.
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One down ...

May 20, 2010 - Guten tag! Es ist ein shoenen tag hier in Leipzig! For anyone who doesn’t know what that says, good day! It is a beautiful day here in Leipzig!
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Watch Lutherkirche rehearsal highlights

May 20, 2010 - Watch the Valpo Chorale practice at historic Lutherkirche on May 19 in preparation for the first concert of its Germany tour, a May 20 benefit performance for the Forum Thomaner.
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Rudy participates in second Germany tour

May 20, 2010 - Jonathan Rudy is making his second trip to Germany with the Valpo Chorale this May, and discusses his experiences in a video interview.
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A walk through Leipzig

May 19, 2010 - It’s almost to the end of our first full day in Leipzig and it already feels like we’ve done so much. We started this morning with a walking tour of the city. My favorite part was stepping inside the Leipzig Orchestra Hall, which features a gigantic three-tiered painted mural right inside the lobby.
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Chorale rehearses at St. Thomas Church

May 19, 2010 - Watch a video from the Chorale's first rehearsal st St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, where Bach worked nearly three decades.
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So it begins ...

May 18, 2010 - It's German Tour Day 1, and I couldn't be more pumped!
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Class of 2010 prepares to work, study abroad

May 18, 2010 - Dan Meals will help Meguiar's expand its presence in the Asia market this summer, one of many Valpo students who go on to work and study overseas.
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On the way to Germany!

May 17, 2010 - The past few weeks have been a whirlwind, but the Chorale is finally on its way to Germany!
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Summer a busy time for global learning

May 17, 2010 - The Chorale tour is one of several international travel and learning experiences Valpo students will have this summer.
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Preparing for a music and food adventure

May 13, 2010 - Hi everyone! My name is Gabe Glass and I’m a freshman vocal performance major at Valparaiso University. I’m really excited to be writing throughout our experience in Germany this summer, and hopefully my insight will let you all get a glimpse at what we’re up to!
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Deutschland … here we come!

May 12, 2010 - Hello everyone! My name is Abby Lange, and I’m a just-about-to-graduate senior at Valpo. I’ve been a member of the Valpo Chorale for four years, but I’m actually not a music major.
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Fulbright winner to study protests at Leipzig church

May 12, 2010 - James Strasburg, a senior history and theology major from Ann Arbor, Mich., decided to apply for a Fulbright award after a 2008 visit to St. Nicholas Church, located near St. Thomas Church where the Valpo Chorale will perform during its 2010 tour of Germany.
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CHORALE ITINERARY

May 20: Concert - Leipzig, Lutherkirche (7:30 p.m.)
May 23: Service - Seyda (10 a.m.) and Gentha (1 p.m.)
May 24: Concert – Rottenburg am Neckar, Wallfahrtskirche Weggental (7 p.m.)
May 25: Choral Workshop – Rottenburg am Neckar (9:30 a.m.)
May 26: Concert - Bernburg, Schlosskirche (7:30 p.m.)
May 27: Concert - Köthen, St. Agnus kirche (7:30 p.m.)
May 28 - Service - Leipzig, Thomaskirche (5 p.m.)
May 29 - Cantata - Leipzig, Thomaskirche (3 p.m.)
May 30 - Service - Leipzig, Thomaskirche 10 (a.m.)