Host a European Visiting Guest Group

Many European communities who have hosted Blue Lake International student ensembles in the past choose to send their own ensembles to the United States to participate in a two-week tour arranged by the Blue Lake International Exchange Program. Blue Lake is always seeking enthusiastic volunteers, past participants, community leaders, and eager arts and cultural enthusiasts who are interested in helping to host a visiting European group in their hometown or community. Ensembles travel by motor coach, stay for 2-3 days with host families, and provide a free public performance in exchange for the local hospitality. If your community, school, church, or organization places value and importance on cultural exchange and international understanding, consider this a perfect opportunity to help make the world a little smaller while providing your community with a free and fun performance. Contact the International Office to learn how to get involved.

2019 European Visiting Guest Groups

Blue Lake International welcomes the following three groups to the United States this summer as a part of our exchange program! Contact the Blue Lake International Exchange Program at or call 231-894-1966.

Ballettschule Feibicke

Balletschule Feibicke has been involved in the Blue Lake International Exchange Program since 1995. It was founded by Monika Feibicke, who runs the school with her daughter Christiane. For more than 30 years, they have been commended for their creative work in the Zehlendorf community of Berlin.

City: Berlin, Germany
Directors: Christiane Feibicke and Monika Feibicke
Ages: 14 - 20 plus adults
Type of group: Ballet Ensemble
Number of Participants: 24
Host Dates: June 21-25, 25-29, 29-July 2, 2-6

National Youth Wind Orchestra

The National Youth Winds Orchestra Luxembourg (NYWOL) of the Union Grand-Duc Adolphe Music School was invited in 1976 for their first Blue Lake concert tour. This group promotes a variety of wind ensemble repertoire, including works by Luxembourg and European composers.  

City: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Director: Paul Scholer
Ages: 14 – 20 plus adults
Type of group: Symphonic Band
Number of Participants: 70
Host Dates: July 29 - August 2, 2 - 6

Jugendblasorchestra Bibertal

The Jugenblasorchester Biebertal consists of the most advanced student ensemble from the Biebertal community, which is located in Bavaria, Germany. The ensemble aims to perform interesting and demanding literature at the highest level possible. This will be the final tour for the retiring director, Hermann Taubenheim.

City: Kissendorf, Germany
Director: Hermann Taubenheim
Ages: 13 - 65
Type of group: Symphonic Band
Number of Participants: 54
Host Dates: August 16-19,19-22, 22-25