SERENADES Choral Travel was founded as UMBRIAN SERENADES in the fall of 2005, by professional singers, voice teachers, and choral conductors, Holly Phares (2006-2011) and Paulo Faustini, after many years performing and working for the Festival dei Due Mondi (Two Worlds) in Spoleto, Italy. Summer 2006 was the
program's very first edition. Joseph Flummerfelt was guest conductor from 2010-2015. Over the span of 11 summers “SERENADERS” performed in the Umbrian towns of Spoleto, Montefalco, Trevi, Bevagna, Spello, Assisi, Orvieto, Perugia, Preci, Norcia, as well as Siena, Tuscany. In 2017 the program ventured into the
province of Soria, in the Castile & León region of Spain, and performed in cathedrals and venues in the towns of Soria, Almazán, Calatañazor, Berlanga de Duero and Medinaceli. Summer 2019 marked the program's first
time in Southeastern Sicily, performing in the Noto Valley, home of the Sicilian Baroque towns of Noto,
Ragusa, and Siracusa (Ortigia Island). In June of 2020, for its special 15th anniversary, the program will once
again return to the magical island of SICILY! David Hayes, who currently serves on the Chorus America board of directors, is the conductor of The New YorkChoral Society, music director of the Mannes Orchestra, and staff conductor of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, has been the program’s guest conductor since summer 2016 in Umbria, Italy, in Soria, Spain, for summers 2017-18, in Sicily for 2019, and will return to Sicily in June of 2020.