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College Singers, Orchestra Perform International Tour

June 19, 2019


The Newberry College Singers and Newberry Chamber Orchestra returned Tuesday from a 10-day performing and sightseeing tour of southwest Germany.


“We were so fortunate to have had this phenomenal opportunity,” said Dr. Patrick Casey, orchestra conductor and the trip’s organizer. “To represent Newberry College on an international stage, and to bring people together from across the globe to make music, that’s something very special indeed.”



Tour Participants

  • Isaiah Bowman – Irmo
  • Josh Blancher – Prosperity
  • Noah Brandon – Chapin
  • Patrick Casey – Newberry
  • Catherine Hazan – Columbia
  • Marcelo Hazan – Columbia
  • Julian Lanier – Prosperity
  • Maria Manaeva – Walterboro
  • Janet Price – Lexington
  • Van Price – Lexington
  • Karen Rambo – Prosperity
  • Ron Rambo – Prosperity
  • Alice Ramirez – Newberry
  • Kayleigh Riser – Chapin
  • Jay Salter – Prosperity
  • Alvin Shaver – Chapin
  • Corey Shaver – Chapin
  • Chris Sheppard – Newberry
  • Elsie Sheppard – Newberry
  • Melissa Sheppard – Newberry
  • Erin Siegfried – Chapin


From June 6-18, the 21-member entourage resided in and around the town of Kaiserslautern, making day trips between rehearsals. The group performed two special-invitation collaboration concerts with German a capella chorus, d’acCHORd, and with friends from the local orchestra, Sinfonieorchester des Landkreises Kaiserslautern. The concerts included Josef Rheinberger’s “Stabat Mater,” selections from Marten Jansson’s “Missa Popularis,” featuring soprano soloist Kayleigh Riser, and Aaron Copland’s “Old American Songs,” with baritone soloist Dr. Chris Sheppard.


Sightseeing opportunities led the group to the medieval city of Heidelberg; Mainz, the home of Johannes Gutenberg; Worms, where reformer Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church; Strasbourg, France, on the German border; and Ramstein Air Force Base, to visit members of the U.S. Air Force Band of Europe. The ensembles also attended a performance of Mozart’s opera “Idomeneo” in Wiesbaden and a brass quintet “Waldkonzert,” or forest concert, outside Kaiserslautern.


The trip was financed in large part by contributions from local corporate and individual sponsors, including Meinolf Muhr of German-owned manufacturing firm MM Technics, Samsung corporation, Thrivent Action Team, Robert and Dorothy Best, Renee Cousins Stubbs and Tamra Tootle. Combined with gifts from other local donors, this support offset more than 20 percent of each traveler’s out-of-pocket costs. Lodging for approximately half the tour featured home stays with German families in Kaiserslautern, who agreed to host members of the group.


“This effort could not have been possible without the support of our generous community sponsors and our hospitable German host families,” said Sheppard, director of choral activities and chair of the Department of Music. “We are truly grateful for the opportunity not only to take our talents to an international audience, but to learn through immersion and bring cultures together through music. To have businesses and families remove a large part of the financial costs through gifts and hospitality was a real blessing.”


Sheppard added the last time a Newberry College musical ensemble performed internationally was in 1972.

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