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Follow the Otterbein Concert Choir during Germany tour

Follow the Otterbein Concert Choir during Germany tour

The Otterbein Concert Choir is touring Germany from Dec. 11-20. You can follow along with their travels with a student written blog and photos on the Otterbein University Flickr page.

While in Germany, the choir will perform this program at the Cologne Cathedral; Kristuskirche in Schwelm; Tomaskirche (Bach’s home church) and St. Nikolai in Leipzig; and at the Evangelische Kirche of Jünsdorf, near Berlin.

The trip will include excursions and their cultural exchange will include two nights staying with German host families who attend Kristuskirche, where they will experience German food and hospitality. They will also visit a museum dedicated to Bach’s legacy, Beethoven’s birthplace in Bonn, Christmas markets and other sites in well-known cities like Berlin, Dresden, Liepzig, Potsdam, among others.

The trip was made possible by donations from 26 individuals and the Clements Foundation, along with the fundraising efforts of choir members, who raised approximately $4,000 toward their trip.

The Concert Choir is the most select of the Otterbein University’s five vocal ensembles. The Choir tours annually to destinations both domestic and abroad. Recent itineraries have included Savannah, Boston, New Orleans, and Ireland. The ensemble has been invited to perform at prominent locations abroad such as the Beijing Central Conservatory, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna and St. Nicholas Church in Prague. Concert Choir has performed frequently at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the Ohio Music Education Association. The choir frequently performs at professional conferences, including the American Choral Directors Association Division Conference and the Ohio Music Education Association Conference. 

Gayle Walker is in her 18th year as director of choral activities and professor of music at Otterbein, where she is responsible for the organization of five vocal ensembles; conducts Concert Choir and Opus One a cappella ensemble; and teaches classes in conducting, aural skills, and music history. A native of Iowa, Walker received her bachelor’s degree from Macalester College, master of music degree from the University of Colorado, and doctor of arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado. She is past president of both the Ohio Choral Directors Association and the Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association.