The Missouri Ambassadors of Music will represent Missouri in a 16-day tour of seven European countries June 15-30.
The Missouri Ambassadors, a highly select concert band, choir, string orchestra and jazz band, also toured Europe in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2002. Students were selected on the basis of recommendations from their high school music teachers.
This year’s group will include 200 performers as well as 26 state band and choir directors who will serve as instructors and chaperons.
The tour itinerary will include concerts and sightseeing in London, Paris, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Italy. The bands and choir will spend three days rehearsing on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University and will present a free farewell concert at 7:30 p.m. June 14 in Academic Auditorium.
Serving as tour music director and conductor of the concert band is Dr. Robert Gifford, Southeast professor emeritus of music. Ron Atteberry, director of choral activities at Lebanon High School, will conduct the choir. Valerie Bell, director of orchestras at Park Hill South High School in Kansas City is conducting the string orchestra. Robert Altman, director of bands at Hazelwood Central High School, will lead the jazz band. Joseph Pappas, an alumnus of Southeast, will serve as guest composer/conductor. The concert band will premiere a new work by Pappas entitled “Lewis and Clark 1804.”
A listing of participants by school is attached.