Dr. Ryan Board, Artistic Director and Conductor

Dr. Ryan Board, Artistic Director and Conductor

Dr. Matthew Mehaffey, Associate Artistic Director and Conductor

Dr. Matthew Mehaffey, Associate Artistic Director and Conductor

Prague Choral Festival 2020

July 6 - July 14, 2020
Czech republic

Dr. Ryan Board and Dr. Matthew Mehaffey, two fine American choral directors are returning to Prague for the third time to lead concerts around the city culminating in a gala performance featuring John Rutter’s Mass of the Children and Ola Gjielo’s Sunrise Mass.

Mass of the Children is a stunning work, which takes traditional texts of the Mass and intersperses them with other relevant texts that beautifully comment on images related to children or reflect on the texts through the eyes of children.  This touching setting features a full SATB adult chorus and a three-part children's chorus that sing together and in alternation accompanied by orchestra.  Soprano and Baritone solo parts are added for additional textural color.    

Sunrise Mass is a metaphor of a life's journey from child to adult viewed through a spiritual lens.  Written for SSAATTBB chorus and string orchestra, this mass uses traditional Latin texts. Gjielo crafts a musical language that evokes imagery of a sunrise. 

I wanted the musical development of the mass to go from mostly transparent and spacey, to something completely earthy and grounded: from nebulous and pristine to more emotional and dramatic, and eventually warm and solid...
— Ola Gjelo

The final concert featuring these two masterpieces takes place in Prague’s most celebrated concert venue, Smetana Hall, on July 12, 2020 at 7:30 pm. 

Requirements to Attend as a Festival Singer

  1. Must be a regular Sanctuary Choir member from August 2019 through May 2020.

  2. Must attend extra festival rehearsals prior to leaving for Prague, Date/times TBD.

  3. Must be willing and excited to sing with people of all ages from around the country and the world!

Can Non-Choir Members Attend?

Yes. Family members interested in tagging along that do not wish to sing can attend the festival but will need to pay the full festival fee to receive hotel room(s), transportation, etc.

Estimated Costs

$2500 Festival Fee
Includes hotel accommodations during the festival, transportation, 2 meals per day, tickets to festival concerts, and predetermined guided tours around Prague.

$1500 -$1750 Estimated Airfare

More Information

Please email Dr. Josh Maize, FPCA Director of Music and the Arts, if you have questions about being a part of our trip. You can find more detailed information on the festival itself maybe found at:


Sample Festival Itinerary
(Subject to change)

Monday, July 6, 2020

Departure from the U.S.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Official Welcome 
A gala dinner with an optional evening walk in Prague Castle

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

7-9 am: Breakfast
9:30 am-1 pm: Rehearsal 
1:30 pm: Lunch 
2 pm Guided tour and introduction to Prague
4:30 pm: Free time
5:30 pm: Individual dinner
7 pm: Rehearsal downtown
9 pm: Transfer to hotel

Thursday, July 9, 2020

7-8 am: Breakfast
9:30 am-12:30 pm: Rehearsal
1 pm: Individual lunch downtown
2:30 pm: A guided walk to Charles Bridge
4:30-6:30 pm: Rehearsal 
7 pm: Dinner in downtown Prague

Friday, July 10, 2020

7-8:30 am: Breakfast
9 am- 12 pm Rehearsal 
1 pm Lunch 
2:30 pm: Depart to St. Salvator Church
4-6 pm Individual choir rehearsals
7 pm: First Festival Concert in St. Salvator Church

Saturday, July 11, 2020

7-9 am: Breakfast
10 am-12 pm: First orchestra rehearsal
12-1 pm: Lunch downtown
2-5 pm: Free time in Prague and individual choir rehearsal
6 pm: Individual dinner
8 pm: Second Festival Concert at Museum of Czech Music

Sunday, July 12, 2020

7-9 am: Breakfast
9 am -10 am: Logistical rehearsal 
12 pm: Lunch at hotel
4-5:30 pm: Dress rehearsal
6 pm: Light dinner
7:30 pm: Gala Concert in Smetana Hall
10 pm: Festive dinner

Monday, July 13, 2020

7-9 am: Breakfast
Free Day in Prague
A gala dinner on Vltava River

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Departure from Prague