Transy Choir Visits Transylvania: Austria, Hungary, Romania
Travel Dates: 13-22
Instructor: Gary Anderson
Number of Students Enrolled: 38
Location: Austria, Hungary, and Romania

This exciting adventure beings in the international city of Vienna then moves to Krems, Austria, a town which is over 1,000 years old. In Hungary we will visit Budapest, the capital of Hungary, then to the picturesque town of Szentendre on the Danube. We end our adventure in Romania in the region known as Transylvania. What at fitting way to celebrate the 225th anniversary of Transylvania University! And, we will sing concerts in each country.


The Conductor

Gary L. Anderson is professor of music at Transylvania University, where he is a Bingham Fellow for Excellence in Teaching. He holds degrees in music education from Millikin University and the Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of Illinois. He has conducted the Transylvania Choir on concert tours in more than half of the continental United States, in eight European countries, and at national, regional, and state conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, the Kentucky Music Educators Association, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He prepared the Transylvania Choir for a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Avery Fisher Hall in New York and recently conducted the choir, soloists, and orchestra in a performance of the Mozart Requiem.

During a 2000 sabbatical leave, Anderson studied in Stockholm with conductors Eric Ericson and Anders Eby and in score study with Eskil Hemberg and Gary Graden. He is a past participant in the Vienna Council Choral Symposium. Anderson’s articles “The Need for a Choral Transfusion” and “The Swedish Sound” are published in The Choral Journal. His article entitled “The Swedish Choral Culture: Observations by an American Choral Conductor” appeared in the January 2002 issue of the International Choral Bulletin and in the April 2002 issue of Korsang, the Swedish Choral Bulletin.

Anderson is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, for which he was president of the Kentucky Chapter for two terms and from which he received the Robert Barr Award for excellence in the choral art and support for the profession. He is a past president of the Kentucky Association of College Music Departments and holds memberships in the International Federation for Choral Music, Music Educators National Conference, and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. He has served on the boards of the Lexington Arts and Cultural Council and the Youth Music Society of Central Kentucky. He is conductor and music director of the Lexington Chamber Chorale, an area professional chamber choir.

2006 Choir Touring Members