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President Mallard and Steve Dietz plan trip to Italy to support University Chamber Singers

By Erika Neldner

Reinhardt University Chamber Singers will have the opportunity of a lifetime next spring as they travel to Italy to sing during a full Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, among other amazing performance opportunities.

The students will not be travelling alone, as Reinhardt University President Dr. Kina S. Mallard and her husband, Steve Dietz, are organizing an accompanying trip to support the students.

“The Reinhardt Italy trip is an exciting opportunity to travel with friends of the University and support our talented students,” Dr. Mallard said. “Those accompanying Steve and me on the trip will have the opportunity to stay in first-class accommodations, visit key cities in Italy including Rome, Venice and Florence, and eat at some of Italy’s finest restaurants. We will attend our Chamber Singers’ concerts, hearing them perform pieces such as 'Ezekiel Saw de Wheel' and 'Pope Marcellus Mass of Giovanni de Pasestrina' and encouraging them with our presence.”

Dr. Mallard added that most of the students traveling have never been abroad and several have never flown before. “This opportunity is an extension of our mission, which includes developing the whole person. Such an extraordinary trip also meets our student learning outcome of self, society and culture,” she said.

The Friends of Reinhardt University’s “Renaissance & Music History Tour of Italy” is an eight-day Italian adventure from May 22-29. While the students are studying and sight-seeing with their friends, the Friends of the University trip-goers also will be exploring Rome, Assisi, Montecatini, Lucca, Florence and Venice Mestre. They will attend all of the University Chamber Singers’ performances across Italy.

The trip of a lifetime is open to anyone wishing to attend. It will include guided tours of Italy and accommodations in first-class hotels. For more information and to sign up, visit or download the program brochure.

President Kina S. Mallard and husband Steve Dietz

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