Calling All Choir on Tour: Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in 2018
As you've already heard, the Calling All Choir is planning a tour to four countries around the Baltic Sea (Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) in the summer of 2018. We’ll give a concert in each country, and have the chance to experience these places in which community choral singing is at the center of the culture. We are working a with a company called ACFEA Tour Consultants, who will handle the organization of all aspects of the tour.

We're now looking for early commitments from those of us who are planning to join next year's tour!

Anyone who plans to join the tour would need to participate with the choir during the preceding spring 2018 season, since we’ll be performing the material from that season on the tour. We will be focusing on American music, including a good amount of original music by our Artistic Director, Mark Growden.

The tour is scheduled to start around June 20, 2018. The tour will last 11 days and will be a round trip from SFO. The estimated cost will be between $3531 and $3800 per person (depending on how many people join). This cost will include airfare to Helsinki and back from Vilnius, travel within the Baltic states, accommodation for nine nights, breakfast every day, four dinners together, guided tours in each city, as well as everything that goes into making a concert tour successful. A guide from the tour company will meet us at the airport and stay with us throughout the tour.

In addition to performing and seeing the sights, we hope to connect with one or more local folkloric groups. We might see some performances, sing together, take a workshop with them, toast each other with local beer, do some folk dancing...who knows?

Family members of all ages will be welcome on the tour, but the majority of our participants should be singers. We’ll need at least 30 choristers to make the tour work. If your family members want to come, hotel rooms can be configured accordingly (double or triple rooms). Male singers are especially encouraged to join us!

If you’re interested in arranging your own airfare (e.g. to use points for your fare), that is an option. Jefferson has also offered to help out with arranging alternative travel dates for those of us who would like to arrive earlier, leave later, or depart to alternate destinations.

Our deposit to the travel company is $5000 + $100 for each airfare. If we have 25 people who are able to commit now (by June 30th), each would need to give a deposit of $300. If fewer people can commit not, the deposit for each would need to be higher to make the balance of the $7500. The balance of the tour price will be due by March 1, 2018 (we’ll be finalizing the price when we have a final count of participants).

If you have questions, email Sasha Wertheim at Sasha will be the primary liaison with the tour company. The Baltic Tour Team is composed of Sasha Wertheim, Ruth Tringham, and Kim Frazar Blantz (and Mark :)).

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