Colorado State University – Pueblo choirs travel for 10-day performance tour of Europe

Colorado State University – Pueblo choirs travel for 10-day performance tour of Europe 

PUEBLO – Members of the Concert and Chamber Choirs at Colorado State University – Pueblo will head overseas this summer for a 10-day tour of European performances, May 7 – 17, 2012.

Under the direction of Dr. Dana Ihm, the choirs will depart from Denver to begin their tour of Luxembourg, France, and Switzerland with stops in Paris, Strausbourg, Lucerne, Grindelwald, and Zurich. 

 “As a teacher of music, I feel it is an extremely beneficial experience for students to experience the European culture,” Ihm said.  “The history of western art music is centered in Europe and books don’t adequately express the depth of musical understanding that one can have as opposed to experiencing the culture first hand.

The first concert venue will be in Luxembourg’s Grand Duchy’s Cathedrale de Notre Dame. In Paris, French concerts have been scheduled at Cathedrale De Notre Dame in Paris, the Palace of Versailles, and the American Church in Paris. While in Strasbourg, the choirs will perform at St. Pierre Le Jeune Cathedral. While in Switzerland, the choirs will sing in a Protestant Church in Grindelwald with inspiring views of Mount Eiger.

Ihm sees the tour as an educational experience of a lifetime, allowing students to build lifelong friendships while gaining knowledge about music that they could never learn in the classroom as well as singing in historic venues like Notre Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, and the St. Pierre Le Jeune Cathedral in Strasbourg.

“The students may go back to Europe, but the chance that they will sing in these historical places again is pretty unlikely,” she said.   

Students will visit the American cemetery where 5,079 U.S. soldiers are buried who were killed in the greatest battle of World War II, the Battle of the Bulge. At the front of the cemetery lies the solitary grave of General George S. Patton, who died after the war but wanted to be buried with his troops, the famous U.S. Third Army. Other tourist stops include Verdun, site of enormous battles during WWI, Reims, the historic coronation city and the capitol of the Champagne district. In Paris, students will tour the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Sacre Coeur, and the Louvre. Strasbourg is considered the capitol of Europe since 1949 as the European Parliament and the European Council are located here. In Switzerland, the tour will find its way to Lake Lucerne at the foot of Mount Pilatus as well as the covered Kapellbrücke and the heart-breaking Lion of Lucerne Monument.

Participating students and their hometowns include:


Montebello- Sarah Gomez (freshman)

Divide- Jackson Peterson-Hirsch (freshman)

Olney Springs- Alexander Dietrich (senior)

Peyton- Josh Floyd (freshman)

Pueblo-  Bou Amaya (freshman);  Andrew Asch (junior); James August (junior); Levi Ballejos (former student); Andrew Beurman (junior); Jordan Breeden (junior); Stacey Daberkow (senior); Antonio Faloona (freshman); Desiree Floyd (senior); Whitney Hodges (senior); Ashley Koogler (senior); Chase McCullough (junior); Laura Montoya, (Pueblo County High senior); April Peterson (sophomore); Cody Saunders (sophomore)

Rocky Ford- Colin Scott (senior)

Salida- Jonathon Thompson (freshman)

Westcliffe- Megan Hedberg, (freshman)                


Cheyenne - Danika McClenahan, (sophomore)

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