Deb credits her interest in travel to her grandfather Ernest Flanders and her passion for music to her parents. After her first European trip, she spent a year abroad in Vienna studying German, sang with the Wiener Jeunesse Chor and worked as hotel receptionist. Now settled in her native Vermont, Deb spends her time planning group tours, and performing and volunteering for the arts community in Burlington. She currently sings with of Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont, and performs folk songs from the ballad collection of her great-aunt Helen Hartness Flanders. She has recorded two folksong CDs, Mother Make My Bed and the The Female Highwayman.
In the summer she produces an annual folk concert at the Old West Church in Calais, Vermont.
William is a raconteur par excellence. His expertise is opera history, which is why he was a regular panelist on the Saturday matinee Opera Quiz at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Raised in the South, William has lived in Europe and traveled the world, sharing champagne with the King of Spain and breaking bread with Russian farmhands. As the director of Mississippi Public Broadcasting, he introduced audiences to great music. As a lecturer at the Hot Springs Music Festival and at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, William is on the cutting edge of the cultural scene. He speaks eight languages and currently hangs his hat in Manhattan.
Matt spent his university years participating in archeological digs in the Andes and in Europe as part of his anthropology research. He also pursued his other interest, German literature, by visiting great literary sites behind the Iron Curtain at a time when it was severely restricted to Westerners. In his spare time, he obtained his pilot’s license and became an Outward Bound mountaineering instructor in the Berchtesgaden Alps, forging relationships that continue to this day. While working on his doctorate in maritime law in Washington, D.C., Matt took every opportunity to crew on a German tall ship in the Baltic Sea, working his way up from deck hand to boatswain’s mate to executive officer. Even when the ship was in dry-dock, Matt took his navigation skills and restless spirit across the Sahara Desert with an off-road convoy of European researchers. When it became apparent that travel was his real passion in life, he joined Goodspeed and Bach, Inc. and is now planning and implementing tours and events around the world.
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