PERFORM AMERICA focuses on performance-based tours and events for bands, orchestras and choirs. We help groups discover the world of music through travel.
From national caliber parades to music festivals to clinics to Disney Magic Music Days Performances (and everything in between), our staff will work closely with you to create an unmatched travel adventure… at a great price!
Nothing compares to the shared experiences bands, orchestras and choirs gain while traveling as a group.
Geoffrey McQueen received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1989, and a J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1992.
Mr. McQueen has been involved in the student travel and event business since 1995. He is the founder and managing member of New Discovery Tours, LLC, which focuses primarily on group tours for high school bands. In 2009, Mr. McQueen co-founded Choirs of America. COA’s mission is “to engage, inspire and educate choirs across the country.” Since its founding, COA has organized and directed choral music education programs for thousands of students from numerous states with events in major cities around the United States. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Student Youth Travel Association, a nonprofit organization that promotes and provides travel experiences for students, which enhances their social, cultural, and educational growth.
Mr. McQueen’s expectation is that Perform America events & tours will inspire, educate and engage more students each year, thus building support for choral, band & orchestral music in the future.
In charge of program management, Zoe Franciscus draws heavily on her creativity and broad knowledge of European group travel. She was born and raised in Ireland and holds a B.A. in International Marketing and Japanese. Since 1997 Franciscus has held various executive positions while working for several multi-billion dollar international tour operators. She has organized successful international music festivals in Canterbury, Lincoln, Lucerne, Paris, Rome, Salzburg, Vienna, Wells and York as well as hundreds of customized performance tours throughout Europe.
DIRECTOR OF SALES
Michale Ellerman has extensive experience in destination development for high school performing arts programs, specializing in offering unique performance opportunities and educational music clinics combined with full-service tour arrangements. Working in alliance with national and international music festival companies, hotels, motor-coach companies, airlines, and tour venues, Ellerman has produced superior and safe student tours. Cultivating long-term client relationships of 20-30 years is a key component to Michale’s success, in addition to engaging with new clients.
FOUNDER & SENIOR ADVISOR
Paul Lam is the senior advisor for Perform International. Over three decades, he has successfully organized a vast number of performance and special interest tour programs to internationally acclaimed events such as the FIFA World Cup USA, Beijing Olympic Cultural & Music Festival, Oberammergau Passion Play, and the Rome Sacred Music Festival. He is also the founder of Kingsway International.
Henry Ou directs Perform International’s Beijing office as well as affiliate offices in Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Bangkok. Ou’s Beijing office handled the ground operations in China for nearly 4,000 American and Canadian choir, band and orchestra performers during the 2008 Olympic cultural festivals and related events.
John Paul “JP” Lam is a classically trained musician. He studied vocal performance at Pepperdine University on a scholarship under Dr. Henry Price. At the invitation of Dr. Rollo Dilworth, JP spent a semester at North Park University as Composer-in-Residence. He is currently under contract with Sony Music Publishing and has composed extensively for major pop artists, animation, television and film in Asia and the U.S.
Jerry F. Junkin
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF BANDS
Serving since 1988 on the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin where he holds the Vincent R. and Jane D. DiNino Chair for the Director of Bands, Jerry Junkin is recognized as one of the world’s most highly regarded wind conductors. He serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia and as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Dallas Wind Symphony. In 2005 Jerry was presented the Grainger Medallion by the International Percy Grainger Society in recognition of his championing of Grainger’s works. Jerry Junkin is an enthusiastic advocate of public school music education, having conducted All-State bands and festivals in forty-eight states and on five continents. Jerry Junkin is a Yamaha Corporation Master Educator.
Dr. Gene Peterson
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF CHOIRS
Dr. Gene Peterson is the Director of Performance Tours at Perform International and the Director of Choral Studies at California Baptist University Collinsworth School of Music. His diverse and extensive background in both academic and church music contexts supports his leadership in international performance events and tours, as well as choral arts ensembles, worship ensembles, graduate choral conducting and vocal programs at CBU. Dr. Peterson’s breadth of expertise and experience, engaging and articulate teaching, and passion for mentoring the next generation of musicians is apparent through his work in the academy, the church as well as his work around the world.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF ORCHESTRAS
Jeffrey Grogan is an internationally acclaimed conductor and teacher currently serving as Director of Orchestral Activities and Professor of Music at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music and as Artistic Director of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras. He has served as adjudicator, conductor, and clinician for many prestigious national and international events. In 2018 he was invited by the LA Philharmonic to conduct with Gustavo Dudamel and Michael Morgan at Disney Hall. Mr. Grogan’s orchestras have performed in some of the greatest concerts halls in the world, including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Musikverein & Konzerthaus in Vienna, Sydney Opera House, and Smetana Hall in Prague. Jeffrey Grogan is a Yamaha Corporation Master Educator.
Emily Williams Burch
Emily Williams Burch is founder and artistic director of RISE Chorales, a community choir based in Savannah, GA for youth of all ages with a mission to “revolutionize & inspire singing excellence” through vocal music education, socials, and service projects. For nearly ten years, Mrs. Burch served on the podium as Director of Education & Music for the Savannah Children’s Choir. Mrs. Burch has also served as Department Chair and taught General Music/Piano at The Garrison School of Visual and Performing Arts. Choirs under Mrs. Burch’s direction have performed regionally, nationally, and internationally. Mrs. Burch is thrilled to help directors, singers, and communities fulfill their dreams and enhance life experiences through travel.
Craig G. Cannon
Craig G. Cannon was most recently the Director of Choral Organizations at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. While at Duquesne he directed the Voices of Spirit and the Pappert Women’s Chorale. Mr. Cannon has been appointed as the Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh Boy Choir and is also the Musical Director and Founder of Belle Voci of Pittsburgh. In 2013, Craig retired as the Director of Choral Activities at Fox Chapel Area High School. Under Cannon’s direction, the FCAHS choral ensembles were selected to sing at numerous PMEA & ACDA conventions and toured extensively. Mr. Cannon is a life member of ACDA and completed a two-year term as President of ACDA’s Eastern Division.
Dr. Miguel Ángel Felipe
Miguel Ángel Felipe is the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Arizona. Felipe is active around the US, Asia, South America, and Europe as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. Dr. Felipe’s choirs have performed internationally and domestically and he has led choirs at Harvard University, the Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto (Brazil), and in various churches including, most recently, at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu. Miguel is a vice-president of NCCO.
Tesfa Wondemagegnehu serves as the conductor of the Viking Chorus and the Chapel Choir at St. Olaf College. Wondemagegnehu most recently was the Director of Choral Ministries at Westminster Presbyterian Church of Minneapolis, where he co-founded the Justice Choir movement with noted composer Abbie Betinis. As a high school teacher, he was named Orange County Public School’s Teacher of the Year and received the Macy’s National Magic of Teaching Award. He led his choirs in performances at state conventions of ACDA and the FMEA. Wondemagegnehu has performed, presented workshops, and conducted honor choirs across the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Costa Rica.