Successful modern musicians must be able to consistently deliver a stellar performance despite the challenges of travel, language barriers or change of time zones. For this reason, DePauw University ensembles are dedicated to touring both nationally and internationally as the experience is vital to the successful 21st century musician.
DePauw University musicians have performed throughout the world in locations such as Japan, Italy, Spain, France, Austria, The Czech Republic, Great Britain, and Canada, to name a few.
The DePauw ensembles also travel within the United States in tours of the Southeast, Southwest, West, and Northeastern United States, as well as trips to Hawaii. These national tours have included locations such as Carnegie Recital Hall, the Terrace Theatre at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and the White House.
January 2015 took the DePauw Chamber Symphony to Germany and Austria for a five-concert tour. Traveling every other Winter Term since 1975, and lead by Orcenith Smith, founder and conductor of the Chamber Symphony, the 2015 ensemble performed two concerts in Vienna (Musikverein Brahms-Saal and the Vienna Institute for the Blind), and one each in Salzburg (the famed Mozarteum) and Oberammergau, with an additional stop in St. Leonhardt am Forst. School of Music faculty member Nicole Brockmann was featured as the viola soloist in John Woolrich’s Ulysses Awakes! and also helped prepare students for the trip with extracurricular lectures in German/Austrian history, music and culture.
In 2014, the DePauw Chamber Singers embarked on a concert tour of Houston, Texas; Mexico City, Mexico, and Fort Wayne, Indiana. Led by conductor Gregory Ristow, the choir collaborated in presenting several joint concerts with high school students, and partnered with the Purple Songs Can Fly project to record songs written by children undergoing cancer treatment at the Texas Children’s Hospital. In Mexico City, they presented three performances, including concerts at the Museo de Cuevas in Mexico City’s central square and the Temple of San Francisco Javier in Tepotzotlán – a gorgeous Baroque-era chapel built in 1580, which is considered one of Mexico’s great architectural and artistic treasures. Following their time in Texas, the Chamber Singers will return to Indiana to present a performance and clinic for educators from around the state at the Indiana Music Educators Conference in Fort Wayne.
In January 2013, the DePauw Chamber Symphony took a five-concert tour to England. Lead by Orcenith Smith, the ensemble performed two concerts in London, and one each in Oxford and Bath, with stops at Stonehenge and Stratford-upon-Avon along the way. School of Music faculty artist Nicole Brockmann, was featured throughout the tour as the viola soloist on Gustav Holst’s Lyric Movement and also helped prepare students for the trip with extracurricular, humor-filled lectures in English history, music and culture.