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Newberry College Singers, Orchestra Ready for Germany Tour

May 24, 2019


The Newberry College Singers and Newberry Chamber Orchestra soon will depart for a 10-day performing and sightseeing tour of southwest Germany June 6 – 18. The excursion will feature a special-invitation concert collaboration and visits to locations including Ramstein Air Force Base, Worms, medieval Heidelberg and Strasbourg, France.


“We are excited for our upcoming tour,” said Dr. Patrick Casey, orchestra conductor and the trip’s organizer. “We have 21 members in our entourage from the two ensembles, so Newberry College will be very well-represented.”


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



Departing June 6, the group will perform in the town of Kaiserslautern in a special-invitation collaboration with the German a capella chorus, d’acCHORd, and with friends from the local orchestra, Sinfonieorchester des Landkreises Kaiserslautern. The group has also been invited to perform at Ramstein Air Force Base for students at Ramstein High School, and to visit members of the U.S. Air Force Band of Europe.


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


“This effort could not be possible without the support of our generous community sponsors and our hospitable German host families,” said Dr. Chris Sheppard, choral director and chair of the music department. “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 is a real blessing.”


The Newberry College Singers and Newberry Chamber Orchestra received generous financial support from Meinolf Muhr, owner of MM Technics, a German manufacturing firm based in Prosperity. 

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