Wilmington Children's Chorus

Wilmington Children’s Chorus heads to Germany, Austria

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Wilmington Children's Chorus

Wilmington Children’s Chorus is heading to Fulda, Germany, for the first stop on a two-week tour.


 Members of the Wilmington Children’s Chorus are bound for Wilmington’s sister city of Fulda, Germany on the first leg of a two-week tour.

This exchange marks the 12-year anniversary of the collaboration between the chorus their counterpart in Fulda, Germany, the Jugendsinfonieorchester Fulda (Fulda Youth Orchestra) and the sixth cultural exchange.

The first trip occurred in 2011, when 30 members of WCC and their chaperones traveled to Fulda and to Nemours, France, another of Wilmington’s Sister Cities.

“We are delighted to reconnect with our friends overseas,” said Kimberly Doucette, WCC’s artistic director, who noted that the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted the tradition.

The tour party includes 37 of the chorus’s advanced singers, eight chaperones, and three staff members. They will stay in a German youth hostel, along with members of the orchestra.

The musicians will rehearse daily for a joint concert and see historical and cultural landmarks. After nine days of working with the orchestra and performing the concert, the Wilmington chorus will go to Salzburg, Austria for sightseeing.

“It’s so much more than a tour,” Doucette said. “We’re connecting with like-minded ensembles from Wilmington’s sister cities, sharing their traditions, learning about their history, and making music together.”

The trip will make Wilmington’s singers more confident, she said.

The chorus is the nation’s only tuition-free, community children’s chorus.


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