I write to invite you to participate in our 2016 Ireland Festival. Please join me for an incredible musical, cultural, and personal experience in Ireland - the Emerald Isle. Ireland is full of stunning landscapes, inspirational locations, rich history, and magical warmth. Enjoy trips to St. Anne’s Cathedral whose history is intertwined with the history of Belfast and to the Titanic Experience, a remarkable adventure. Enjoy picturesque Dublin, the place where Handel’s Messiah was first performed and home of James Joyce and Oscar Wilde. See historic Trinity College where Bram Stoker (creator of Dracula) went to school and where the Book of Kells is housed. Dublin is also home to Anuna, the original and celebrated choral ensemble led by Michael McGlynn.
Ireland’s music and dance have become beloved throughout the world. We will experience the culture that inspired this great art. The best part of the tour, of course, is making music in carefully selected venues for Irish audiences. Having toured Ireland with the Ithaca College Women’s Chorale, I can assure you that the audiences are warm, welcoming, and friendly, and singers in this environment perform with a tangible heightened excitement and energy. Your choir will join other superb choirs for the festival performances and will have the opportunity to perform as individual choirs in astounding venues.
I would be honored to have you join me, and I look forward to the possibility of collaborating with you and your singers. I am available to discuss this tour with you as you consider having your choir participate.
Ádh mór agus gach dea-ghuí
(May the road rise to meet you)
Dr. Janet Galván