Austin Rhoton, son of Vanessa Craig Rhoton and Chris Rhoton, will participate with the 2018 Kentucky Ambassadors of Music Tour of Europe. Band directors across Kentucky nominated musicians based on outstanding musicianship, leadership and character. Nominations were then reviewed and students were selected by invitation only.
The Kentucky Ambassadors of Music is an organization that gathered 211 of the finest musicians across the Bluegrass to perform concerts throughout Europe. This educational program is designed as an opportunity for outstanding young musicians to gain cultural enrichment as they share their talents abroad.
Beginning June 25, Rhoton will take part in a 20-day European performance tour. Before departure, he will report to the University of Louisville for a five-day orientation and rehearsals.
On June 29, The 2018 Kentucky Ambassadors of Music ensembles will present two “send off” concerts at the University of Louisville’s Compstock Concert Hall. The concert bands will perform at 5:15 p.m. and the chamber orchestra and choir will perform at 7:15 p.m. Both concerts are open to the public and admission is free.
The trip to Europe runs from June 30 to July 19, with performances in eight countries: England, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, Greece and Germany.
A clarinetist in the Monroe County High School Band, he now has the opportunity to share his talent and passion for music with people across the world. The costs of the tour are considerable. Air/land transportation, lodging, sightseeing and meals total a staggering $9000 per person.
His achievements include KMEA All-State Concert Band (2017 and 2018); Third District Band Directors Association All District Band (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018); Western Kentucky University Honors Band (2016, 2017, 2018); Campbellsville University Honors Band (2016, 2017, 2018); Kentucky Music Educators Solo and Ensemble Performance Assessment, with Distinguished ratings on solo and ensemble performances and Kentucky Music Educators Concert Band Performance Assessment, with Distinguished and Proficient ensemble ratings.
Rhoton stated, “I am so excited about this opportunity and especially excited about visiting Westminster Cathedral, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace. I am working hard to raise funds for this trip and even though I will be paying a portion of this cost myself, I am looking for donors to help sponsor me. I would greatly appreciate any donation you are willing to contribute and thank you in advance for your support.”
Tax-deductible gifts can be made by check to Austin Rhoton, 5438 Fountain Run Rd., Gamaliel, Ky., 42140.