SERENADES Choral Travel is a unique CHORAL & CULTURAL SUMMER PROGRAM that brings together AVID CHORAL ENTHUSIASTS, dedicated amateurs and professional musicians alike, who strive for CHORAL EXCELLENCE. These “SERENADERS” seek opportunities to PERFORM exquisite sacred and secular CHORAL REPERTOIRE spanning from the Renaissance up through the 21st century, in art-filled and unique venues throughout the “OFF-THE-BEATEN-PATH” regions of EUROPE in charming Medieval towns, with other LIKEMINDED CHORAL SINGERS and LEADING CONDUCTORS in the field. SERENADES Choral Travel singing participants and their travel companions also “TASTE” and “SAVOR” what the local region offers culturally, be it ART, ARCHITECTURE, HISTORY, LOCAL FOODS, WINES, and so forth, through GUIDED TOURS, special ORGANIZED MEALS, CULTURAL EVENTS, COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS, WINE TASTINGS, etc.
The program began in 2006 in Umbria, Italy, where over the span of 11 summers “Serenaders” performed in the towns of SPOLETO, MONTEFALCO, TREVI, BEVAGNA, SPELLO, ASSISI, ORVIETO, PERUGIA, PRECI, NORCIA, as well as SIENA, Tuscany. In 2017 the program ventured into the province of SORIA, in the CASTILE & LEÓN region of SPAIN, and has performed in unique cathedrals and venues, in the towns and villages of SORIA, ALMAZÁN, CALATAÑAZOR, BERLANGA de DUERO and MEDINACELI. Summer 2019 marked the program’s first time in Southeastern SICILY, performing in NOTO, RAGUSA, SIRACUSA (ORTIGIA ISLAND). June of 2020 the program will return to the magnificent island of SICILY!
SERENADES Choral Travel was founded as UMBRIAN SERENADES by professional singers, voice teachers, and choral conductors, HOLLY PHARES (2006-2011) and PAULO FAUSTINI, after many years performing and working for the Festival dei Due Mondi (Two Worlds) in Spoleto, Italy.
JOSEPH FLUMMERFELT was guest conductor from 2010-2015. DAVID HAYES, who currently serves on the CHORUS AMERICA board of directors, conductor of THE NEW YORK CHORAL SOCIETY, music director of THE MANNES ORCHESTRA, and staff conductor of the CURTIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, has been the program’s guest conductor since summer 2016 in Umbria, Italy, in Soria, Spain for summers 2017-18, and in Sicily for 2019, will return to SICILY in June of 2020. To read more about the program’s founder, current guest conductor, and program coordinator CLICK HERE.