More than 200 outstanding student musicians have gathered at the University of Louisville for five days of rehearsal and performances prior to departing to seven European countries for a 16-day tour.
Leah Hollins, of Harlan, has been selected for this honor. She is a member of the Harlan High School music program, directed by Marilyn Schraeder.
Leah is the daughter of Greg and Laurie Hollins.
Students were nominated for the 2014 Kentucky Ambassadors of Music European tour based on their musicianship, leadership and character. They were selected for participation by invitation.
The Kentucky Ambassadors of Music honor bands, string chamber orchestra and choir will share their music with European audiences in seven different countries and in a variety of performance settings.
Dr. Frederich Speck, director of bands at the University of Louisville, and Dr. Kent Hatteberg, director of choral activities at the University of Louisville, will serve as the music directors for the tour.
Speck will conduct the honor bands and the honor chamber orchestra. Hatteberg will conduct the honor choir.
The tour is designed by Vouyagers Ambassadors of Music, a Denver-based agency specializing in European music tours for numerous statewide Ambassador Tours for more than 40 years. The tour will include stops in England, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy and Germany. It is an educational program designed as an opportunity for musical honor students to perform and share their musical talents, while gaining cultural enrichment abroad.
Prior to their departure for Europe on Monday, student participants will gather for an intensive, five-day rehearsal and orientation camp at the University of Louisville.
On Sunday, there will be two pre-tour concerts held at Comstock Concert Hall at the School of Music on the campus of the University of Louisville. The Concert Bands will perform at 5:15 p.m.
The String Chamber Orchestra and Choir will perform at 7:15 p.m.
Both concerts will be free and open to the public.