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Spots still available on choral tour

SUMMIT COUNTY – A contingent of the Summit County Choral Society is going to Europe this spring, and the public is invited – with minimal restrictions – to come along.

Kaye Mero, musical director and conductor, said spaces remain for both singers and those who’d like to tag along to see the sights.

The tour will depart from Denver June 15 and return June 26. Cost will range up to about $2,500 a person, depending on how many join the tour.

The tour begins in Prague, Czech Republic, for three days, then proceeds to Salzburg, Austria, by way of a half-day tour of Linz, the capital of Upper Austria.

A full day is spent traveling to Vienna with stops at Moundsee (the church of the Sound of Music’s wedding scene) and Duernstein, where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned.

After two days in Vienna, the tour moves to Budapest, then back to Denver.

The chorus will perform as a representative of Colorado both in Vienna and Salzburg, at the invitation of the mayors of both cities, as part of the cities’ Celebration of American Music, a major music festival for 2003.

Mero said the Summit Choral Society was selected for this honor upon recommendation of state music officials and based on the chorus’ past achievements.

The chorus also will perform in Prague and in Budapest. And if Mero’s history is to be believed, there also will be more than one impromptu performance in some of the major cathedrals on the tour itinerary.

For full details, including application forms, call Mero at (970) 453-7174 or e-mail her at

Mero is a public school teacher in Park County and a private music teacher in Breckenridge. She served as the accompanist for the Unitarian Universalist Church in Frisco from 2000 to 2002.

Her education includes a Bachelor of Music Education from the Crane School of Music at State University of New York, Potsdam, N.Y., and a masters in educational administration from St. Lawrence University, Canton, N.Y.

As a performer, she has sung with the Crane School of Music Alumni Chorus for the re-opening of the Statue of Liberty during Liberty Weekend on Ellis Island, N.Y., in 1986.

She has sung under such notable conductors as Helen M. Hosmer, Nadia Boulanger, Robert Shaw, Jonathan Griffith and Calvin Gage. She became the director of the Summit Choral Society in 2000.

The Summit Choral Society has been an independent entity since October, 1986, growing out of its inception as a workshop chorus for the Breckenridge Music Institute.

The society’s main source of funding is The Summit Foundation. Additional funding has been obtained through grants from the towns in Summit County, individual donations at public performances and revenue raised by the group during annual fundraising performances.

Each year, the society performs six to eight concerts during the Christmas, Easter and summer seasons and a madrigal dinner and performance in December. Local concert venues include the Silverthorne Pavilion, Beaver Creek Chapel, Father Dyer and Lord of the Mountains churches, the Backstage Theatre and the Riverwalk Center.

During the holiday season, the group also performs for the Tree Lighting Ceremony for the town of Dillon, carols for the Village of Keystone and Copper Mountain and is available for performances and caroling for private holiday parties for local organizations.

Each summer, the Choral Society joins other choral groups from the Denver area in two performances of major choral works with the Breckenridge Music Institute Orchestra and the National Repertory Orchestra as part of the Breckenridge Music Festival.

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