"Wow! I don't even know where to begin!! What a great time we all had in France - truly an incredible trip, amazing performance venues, memories to last a lifetime!! Patrick, Francoise, and Mary Agnes were top-notch at taking care of us during the entire time. Francoise had us in tears a couple of nights we were laughing so hard. Everything went like clockwork. I heard the assistant orchestra director say these were the best tour escorts they had ever had, and although I don't have the benefit of comparison, I have a hard time imagining tour escorts that would be better!!
We're still decompressing from the trip, sorting out remaining details, etc. I just wanted to jot you a quick note to say we're home, we're happy, and very, very appreciative!!"
Linda Streck, Assistant Tour Coordinator for Valley High School
"The Chicago Master Singers tour to southern France is over and I think it topped the Poland tour. It was really fantastic. We had hundreds of French people at every concert!! It was amazing. We saw very little advertising but clearly Alison advertised our performances in every town since people arrived 30 min early every time to get a seat. Often it was standing room only. We were totally amazed. We have never experienced such turnouts anywhere in Europe and did not expect it in France for sure. I need at least 10 hours face-to-face to tell you what was fantastic about this tour. Maries-Agnes, Patrick and Alison all deserve the highest imaginable marks! I hope we will have an opportunity soon to share many great things."
Alan Heatherington, Artistic Director
"Wow! Wow! Wow! Thank you for a wonderful tour. I wanted to let you know that this tour was artistically the best I have ever been on. The singers had a great time, everything was spot on, and I can't think of anything that could have made it better. My personal highlights were performing in Lucerne’s KKL (a truly world-class venue!), and performing in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris – a truly once in a lifetime experience. You can be assured that I will be recommending Music Celebrations to my colleagues!"
Bruce Lengacher, Acalanes High School Chamber Singers
"The tour was a great success! I’m not sure I can express how thrilled we were with our tour managers. They definitely bonded with our group and we certainly bonded with them. The concerts were wonderful. The venues were breathtaking and the audiences were warm and very receptive. It was absolutely thrilling to sing a Mass at Mont-St-Michel, and the recital at Notre Dame was unbelievable! Hundreds and hundreds of folks listened to us here. It was the thrill of a lifetime! Omaha Beach was the highlight of our trip. We sang the National Anthem as they raised our flag at the Memorial at the American Cemetery. One of our tour managers sang the French National anthem - we were all in tears!!! The wreath laying ceremony, done by several Vets in our choir, was perfect! Can't wait until the next trip! I am very, very pleased with Music Celebrations and will continue to book with you for all future trips!!"
Kay Randolph, Mountain View Presbyterian Church Choir
"We just returned from our tour to Switzerland and France, and I just wanted you to know that we had a wonderful experience. This is our second tour with MCI, and I am increasingly impressed with the company. The staff members at MCI are amazing. You are fortunate to have these people on staff; I'm convinced that people make the difference in the travel business! Your personnel are very strong both in the U.S. and in Europe, and a great strength of your company. We are grateful for the opportunity to sing during a Mass in Notre Dame Cathedral; it will be a precious, vivid memory for years to come. It will be hard to go back to our regular rehearsal room! So many details come together to make a tour as special as this one. I am amazed that MCI has such quality in every aspect of them. You have a good thing going!"
Dr. Gayle Walker, Director of Choral Activities at Otterbein College
"I can't begin to find the words to express how overwhelming singing at Notre Dame was. Following the Mass, they had us follow the altar boys down the main aisle of the cathedral and then across the back, and back up the side and then into the sacristy. That was the first time the kids were able to see just how many people were present…it was over 1000. The congregants stood up for them and applauded. Needless to say, I was extremely proud and pretty emotional throughout that experience. The tour really was a wonderful experience. I was very pleased with each of the performances."
Michael Ehrlich, W.T. Woodson High School, Virginia
"Unforgettable concert venues, great food, wonderful accommodations, schedules that ran so smoothly - our summer tour to France was all that and more! Thank you for coordinating our Tour and for the many details MCI handled for our trip. We appreciate all that you did on our behalf. Everything that MCI arranged more than met our expectations. It was an amazing experience all the way around; thank you so much."
Marguerite McCormick, Artistic Director, Children's Chorus of San Antonio
"Venues were wonderful! We always get the best venues when we tour with Music Celebrations! The performance at the Dom was fabulous! Frankfurt was wonderful. Notre Dame was memorable. During the Mass in Notre Dame, we processed to the cross during the service - which was a very special experience."
Doree Jarboe, Grant High School, Oregon
"I wanted to thank you and your staff for the unforgettable experience that you arranged for the University of Sioux Falls Concert Chorale in Germany, Austria, and France. It will truly be remembered for a lifetime. The musical experiences were the highlight. The performances were varied and exciting. Notre Dame in Paris was fun, but the icing on the cake was the concert in Chartres Cathedral. What an extraordinary educational event this was for my students."
Dr. Tom Krause, University of Sioux Falls, South Dakota
"The accommodations were first class, and the tours and guides were wonderful. The concerts and several impromptus were the highlight. The burning question that the singers would ask everyday was 'how could the next day's experiences top those of today?' Somehow, they always did. The staff at Music Celebrations is a delight to work with. I strongly encourage any director to plan their next tour with Music Celebrations International."
Dr. Bud Clark, Missouri Southern State College