FAMU concert choir travels to Vienna, Austria

Early in the NFL season, FAMU’s concert choir performed at Raymond James Stadium for a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game.
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By Emmani Henry
FAMU Office of Communications

The Florida A&M University Concert Choir is in one of Europe’s cultural capitals for a series of performances.  

Led by Director Mark Butler, Ph.D., the FAMU Concert Choir performed in the Festival Tour of Vienna Sings 2023. 

The group was expected to return earlier this week. The 41-student choir performed at the Historic Melk Abby Church, the Schonbrum Palace, the Vienna City Festival and the Vienna Senior Living Facility. 

“I think it’s a wonderful and well-deserved opportunity,” said Butler, director of choral activities and associate professor of music in the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities. “This is one of the finest music ensembles on campus, with hard working young people who sing extremely fine repertoire of choral literature that branches so many genres and styles.”

Students were accompanied by Butler, CSSAH Dean Valencia Matthews, Ph.D., Concert Choir Accompanist Professor Joanna Sobkowska, Ph.D., other faculty, and staff. 

For some students, the international tour helps to make up for a Carnegie Hall New York debut performance that was cancelled during the pandemic. 

Senior vocal performance student Alex Williams was among the students who were unable to go to Carnegie Hall.

“And now that we actually get to go to another country and share the gift that as the Concert Choir, is absolutely amazing,” said Williams, who is president of FAMU Concert Choir.

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