NEW GLOUCESTER – Vika Planson of New Gloucester, a student at Hebron Academy, has been accepted as a member of the United States Youth Ensembles 2004 European Concert Tour.

Qualified music students from all 50 states are eligible for the tour, and a select number are chosen each year to represent the U.S. in the honor groups as they tour and perform across western Europe.

The ensembles were founded in 1989 to emphasize the positive aspects of America’s youth and the achievements and dedication of outstanding music students. The program is designed to enrich and expand the musical and cultural experience of its participants while showcasing the musical talent of all-state students from across America to European audiences.

The chorale, string ensemble and wind ensemble will perform seven concerts as well as impromptu performances. Past tours have been featured at the Musica Theatre in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland; Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France; St. Marc’s Church in Venice, Italy; the Piazza Riforma in Lugano, Switzerland; the Congress Center in Innsbruck, Austria; and the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, France.

Planson is involved in music and the arts, singing for the past five years in the Musica deFilia Girlchoir under the direction of Jaye Churchill, as well as in the Maine District II Choral Festivals and Hebron Academy choruses.

She is an avid skier, soccer and lacrosse player, and she was recently seen surfing on Oahu’s North Shore. Her family includes four siblings and many pets.

More information about the organization can be obtained by contacting the U.S. Youth Ensembles Concert Tour National Office at 1-800-576-3423 or by visiting the Web at

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