Kristina Mentzer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Mentzer of Early, has been selected to perform with a national music organization, "The Sound of America Honor Band and Chorus."
Kristina, who has served as a vocal singer, band participant and member of Iowa All-State Chorus and a past honor choir, will join other select musicians chosen from applicants representing nearly every state when the honor band and chorus begins its 2002 European Concert Tour next July.
All student performers will meet on the campus of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn., on July 5. After four days of intensive rehearsal and orientation, the group will depart via jet from JFK International Airport in New York for Frankfurt, Germany.
The group is scheduled to present eight performances in some of Europe's finest concert halls during its 25-day tour. The students will visit the countries of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France and Luxembourg, and will take in the sights and sounds of Paris, Venice, Strasbourg, Innsbruck, Stresa, Verona, Rothenburg, Dijon, Grindelwald, La Chaux-de-Fonds and Disneyland Paris.
Clyde M. Barr, the past state president of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and president of the North American Music Festivals is the tour coordinator and conductor of the honor band, while Randall Yoder, the conductor of the York County Honor Chorus, will serve as conductor for the Sound of America Honor Choir.
Each participant must pay for all expenses for this trip. Contributions for Kristina may be sent to Kristina Mentzer, 2650 Gard Ave., Early, IA 50535. All contributions can be claimed as a tax-deductible donation.