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UNI School of Music orchestra students to travel to Brazil for spring break performances

February 27, 2018

Caroline Francis, UNI School of Music, 319-273-2028,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – This spring break, a group of exceptionally talented University of Northern Iowa School of Music students will travel to southern Brazil March 8 through 19. The group will perform throughout the region in two full concerts and several chamber concerts, collaborating with the Orquestra Sinfônica da Universidade de Caxias do Sul and presenting works by American film composers (Bernstein, Corigliano and Williams).  

Forty-six student musicians will travel with UNI School of Music faculty artist Ross Monroe Winter, violin, and orchestra conductor Rebecca Burkhardt. In addition to performances, the 12-day trip will include extensive rehearsals, sightseeing opportunities and cultural exchange with the students at the host university in Brazil.

Burkhardt noted, “The opportunity for interaction between our students and the students of Universidade de Caxias do Sul and the opportunity to perform side-by-side on great musical works is invaluable, especially in a world that is becoming smaller and smaller.”

Jeffrey Funderburk, director of the UNI School of Music, stated “We are extremely pleased that the UNI School of Music is able to send the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra to Brazil for the second time. The experience that our students will gain as they collaborate with the Orchestra of the University of Caxias do Sul in performances of music by American composers will be a major developmental experience that will change perspectives for a lifetime. Experiences such as this are incredibly important for enriched cultural insights as well as broader musical understandings.”

For more information on the tour to Brazil or the UNI School of Music, contact Caroline Francis, UNI School of Music communications and operations coordinator, at 319-273-2028 or