Local high school musician, Erin Anderson, of Webster City High School, will tour Europe with the Iowa Ambassadors of Music from July 3 to July 18.
She is a part of a select group of 308 student musicians, advisors and parents from across Iowa. The 2012 tour is a 20-day event that includes four days of rehearsal in Grinnell, with a farewell concert at Grinnell College on July 2 at 7:30 p.m. The Ambassadors then have a 16-day concert tour covering England, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Liechtenstein. The students will perform in each country except Liechtenstein.
Iowa Ambassadors of Music tours Europe on alternate years. To be considered for membership in IAM, students must be recommended by their school music teachers as having superior music skills and possessing high character. After this initial recommendation, the students are contacted about the opportunity to participate in the tour. Erin will be participating as an Alto in the IAM chorus.
Being a member of the Iowa Ambassadors of Music tour means that through performance, the participants participate in a sharing of cultures. Most tourists visit and take from their experiences - the Iowa Ambassadors of Music also give. One of the highlights from past tours has been when the students realize the USA's national march, the "Stars and Stripes Forever," by John Philip Sousa, is a well known and popular march in Europe. The choir's opportunity to perform its selections in settings with over a thousand-year heritage gives the students a chance to add a new page in the cultural venue of Europe.