"The Bel Canto Singers wish to thank you and your staff for another wonderful concert tour. Our tour to the British Isles was well planned, with all details of travel, housing, meals, touring, etc. in place and was a real joy for me, as conductor. Once we boarded our first flight, I could relax, without a care, except to enjoy the tour. The choice of venues for concerts was superb. It is a thrill for groups to have the opportunity to sing in the churches, cathedrals, and castles as those chosen. Our tour guide was cheerful, knowledgeable, and willing to go out of his way to help us arrange activities not on the itinerary. This was our second concert tour with MCI, and we will call on you for our next."
Judson Rogers, Bel Canto Singers, Florida
"Our concert sites were unbelievable. Canterbury Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Salisbury Cathedral were outstanding. I still don't believe that we sang in all those beautiful spaces. I thought the singers grew with each experience. They seemed to realize that they were being allowed to sing in some of the finest religious spaces in the British Isles. I can only say 'thank you' on behalf of the Minnesota High School Chorale for what Music Celebrations International did for our students."
Steve Boehlke, Choir Director, Minnesota
"Our memories of Scotland and England are full of hauntingly beautiful countrysides, bustling cities, warm and generous people, and uniquely wonderful concert experiences! Thank you for coordinating our Tour and for the many details MCI handled for our trip. It was an unforgettable experience all the way around; thank you so much."
Marguerite McCormick, Children's Chorus of San Antonio, Texas
"Thank you so much for your assistance to the D.C. Boys Choir in Canterbury. The Festival was such a rewarding musical and educational experience for us. We truly enjoyed every moment we spent in Canterbury and the warm response from the audiences that heard us sing. The boys' lives have truly been changed in a very positive way. I do hope we will have the privilege of working with you again in the near future."
Eleanor Stewart, D.C. Boys Choir, Washington, D.C.
"The trip was wonderful! I'm happy to be back, but am also so very pleased with the positive experience our students had. The MCI staff there, especially our own Sarah Tattersall, and bus driver Brian, were fabulous!"
Dr. Gena Poovey, Limestone College & Community Chorus
"Our trip was WONDERFUL. Thank you for making our trip a success. It truly was the trip of a lifetime. Everyone enjoyed themselves, sang well, and explored three major cities in Europe for less than $2000 each. That would not have been possible without MCI."
Ivy Lange, Tour Coordinator, Church of the Reformation Choir, Virginia
"The trip (to Britain) was really wonderful. Wells Cathedral was a wonderful venue for the first concert. The St. Giles concert was very well received also. We had lots of people come up and ask us if we had CD's for sale because they didn't find any in the gift shop. The acoustics in the Chapel Royal at Stirling Castle were absolutely wonderful. We had an excellent audience there - a full house. England was a wonderful trip."
Elaine Shurley, Marshall County HS, Kentucky
"What impressed me was your ability to specialize the trip to my specific needs. Since I have college age students, I wanted some flexibility which you built into the trip. We performed in some of the very nicest venues and participated in concerts with local choral groups with far better crowds than our previous company could produce. You have given us the best musical experiences possible. We have just returned from our fourth European experience with MCI and it was the best so far."
Tom Krause, University of Sioux Falls, South Dakota
"For two consecutive years, The CHORALE, from East Central Illinois, put MCI in charge of their summer tour! Our singers were thrilled with this performance tour - - the marvelous venues, the enthusiasm and warmth of the those who came to hear us, excellent food and places to put our heads at night, an outstanding tour director and driver, the fine weather, the sense of history, and - - - - oh my, the scenery! The Scottish countryside certainly turned in its best performance for our benefit. The MCI staff, both in this country and the UK, were finely tuned to our needs and helped us craft a memorable musical experience for our singers and the audiences. We felt well cared for and connected in a very personal way. It's very likely this relationship will continue."
Julie Beyler, Music Director, The CHORALE, Illinois
"Our two weeks in Ireland were filled with special experiences. We found the people to be tremendously receptive to us and our music and they very willing to go out of their way to assure us the very best of times. Music Celebrations International arranged terrific concert venues which were well publicized and well attended. The young people in the ensemble were able to meet and converse with many locals their own age. It was a very revealing and uplifting experience for all of us to personally be involved in Irish cultural events. I can honestly say that our tour to Ireland was a wonderful experience in all respects; musically and culturally. It was just another example of how MCI takes special care in all their arrangements. I look forward to traveling there again in the very near future."
William H. Silvester, All American Youth in Concert, Pennsylvania
"Our recent performance tour to Ireland & Scotland was fantastic! My students sang in castles, an abbey and in beautiful cathedrals. They hiked in the highlands of Scotland, learned a lot about the history of both countries and had a wonderful time overall. The people were very friendly. The scenery of both countries is so beautiful and in Scotland, unspoiled. I love working with Music Celebrations. They arranged for us to sing in the most amazing venues. We are now planning our 3rd trip with them. I highly recommend this company for your performing groups!
Betty Mullett, Choral Director, Riverview High School, Florida