UNCG’s Spring Break Trip to Cape Town, South Africa

Experiencing the Visual and Performing Arts of South Africa. Open to all UNCG students.

Welcome to the website for UNCG’s 2017 Spring Break Trip to Cape Town and Stellenbosch, South Africa, with a little excursion to Munich, Germany. This trip will focus on the performing and fine arts, but all students from UNCG are welcome to join us.

Please read through the pages on this site to learn more about the trip. It will be an wonderful adventure to learn the role of the performing and fine arts in South Africa, and to experience a new and exciting culture.

David Nelson
Professor of Music

P.S. A Spring Break trip to study the musical sites of Vienna is being planned for 2018.

Cities visited:

Cape Town is one of the world’s most interesting cities. It is situated on a beautiful bay and has hills and small mountains throughout the town. It is also a multi-cultural city, with peoples from many ethnic groups calling it home.

Historically, the location on a bay at the southwest tip of Africa made Cape Town an ideal choice for ships of the Dutch East India Company to stop and restock supplies on their journeys to and from East Africa, India, and the Far East. We will see the Castle of Good Hope, built in the 17th century, which was the main outpost of the European settlement of South Africa.

Cape Town city view
Cape Town’s City Hall, where Nelson Mandela addressed thousands of South Africans after was released from prison.


Cape Town is the cultural center of South Africa, with a rich artistic, musical, and theatrical life. The city has many noteworthy art galleries, dance and theater companies, and a professional orchestra, as well as an active night life with a multitude of live music clubs.

The natural beauty of the city is unsurpassed. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The west coast of the city has many popular beaches. Cape Town has a world-class soccer arena, which was one of the venues when South Africa hosted the World Cup in 2010.

bokaap colorful houses
Colorful houses in Bo-Kaap, a neighborhood in Cape Town that was the center of Cape Malay culture.


One of the trips our group will take will be to the Cape of Good Hope, the southwestern point of the African continent. This is where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, and is a spectacular site to visit.

shore view of cape town
Part of the scenic Cape of Good Hope, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. This is the southwestern point of the African continent.

We will stay in housing designed for international visitors in Stellenbosch University. The university is very experienced in hosting groups of international students, and routinely hosts student groups from Northwestern University, Lafayette College, and colleges and universities.

Stellenbosch is 31 miles east of Cape Town. We will take vans into Cape Town many times during our stay.

The town has a population of 117,000, and is the oldest Afrikaans city in South Africa. It features great restaurants, night life, and shopping, and is extremely safe.

Stellenbosch is in the heart of South Africa’s fertile wine country. Within a short drive from the town are dozens of vineyards, and we will have the option to explore several of these and sample the local wines. The best-known wine of the area is Pinotage.

vineyard courtyard
One of the many vineyards for wine tasting around Stellenbosch.
Barrels of wine waiting to be tasted.
verdant vineyard
Stellenbosch vineyard
David Nelson sipping wine
David Nelson enjoying some South African wine.

Our flight itinerary will give us layovers in Munich going to, and returning, from Cape Town.

Munich is one of the largest cities in Germany, and is the capital of Bavaria. It has a very old history and a picturesque and interesting center of town. We will walk on Kaufingerstrasse (the main pedestrian street in the center of the city’s Old Town), visit Marianplatz in front of one of largest City Halls in the country, probably have a meal in the famous Hofbrauhaus, and get a little taste of Germany culture.

On the way to Cape Town, we will have about six hours in Munich. Returning from Cape Town, we will arrive in Munich in time for dinner, and spend the night in a hotel. (This dinner and hotel are included in the cost of the trip.)

Dr. Nelson has led many several groups on visits to Munich and knows the city very well.

tall building
The Rathaus (City Hall) in the center of Munich’s Old Town


Photos of the University of Cape Town

Photos of Stellenbosch University

Photos of Munich



Trip Details

Here is a brief overview of the trip.

The 11 nights in South Africa will be divided into three parts:

  • First three days: orientation, visit the cultural sites in Cape Town, attend classes giving an orientation to South African history, including apartheid, slavery, and Nelson Mandela
  • Monday-Friday: attend classes with South African professors and students at the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University. Some classes will be for specific majors; some classes will be for our entire group.
  • Final weekend: experiencing the fun and touristic side of Cape Town and Stellenbosch, including the Cape of Good Hope, Table Mountain, wine tasting, wildlife viewing, and perhaps shark diving.

Check out the other pull-down menus for complete information.

Note: this is a preliminary itinerary. The times and days of some events may change, but this will give you a very good indication of what the trip will be like.

Sunrise over Europe from the plane.
Sunrise over Europe from the plane.

Wednesday, March 8; travel from North Carolina

  • At 6:35pm, we will fly from Charlotte to Munich.
  • You will need to arrange your own transportation to the Charlotte Airport.
  • Students will miss the final two days of classes before Spring Break (Thursday, March 9 and Friday, March 10)

Thursday, March 9; Munich

  • At 9:15am, we land in Munich and spend about six hours exploring the city.
  • The flight to Cape Town departs Munich at 7:05pm

Friday, March 10; arrival in South Africa

  • arrive in Cape Town at 7:35am
  • Take vans into Cape Town
  • We will go to Table Mountain to view Cape Town and the bay from above.
  • After a group lunch, we will visit two of city’s cultural and historical iconsIn late afternoon, we will travel to Stellenbosch to check into our rooms and have dinner.

Saturday, March 11; Cape Town

  • We will spend the day in Cape Town, visiting Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was in prision),  The Castle of Good Hope, and the Victoria and Albert Waterfront.

Sunday, March 12: Stellenbosch

  • Orientation at Stellenbosch University
  • Lecture on South Africa’s Political History and Natural Resources

Monday, March 13 through Friday, March 17; attend classes at the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University

  • We will attend classes alongside South African students
  • Some of these will be for specific majors: UNCG dance students will attend dance classes; UNCG music students will attend music classes, etc.
  • Some classes will be designed for all UNCG students, such as a class in African gumboot dancing.
  • Classes will take place on both campuses. Vans will be provided to bring students to the University of Cape Town as needed.

Saturday, March 18; Cape of Good Hope and Stellenbosch

  • We will visit the Cape of Good Hope and attend a wine tasting in Stellenbosch (this is an excellent area for wine vineyards)

Sunday, March 19

  • This is a free day. You can relax or choose of or many optional activities. Some possibilities are wildlife viewing at a local game reserve, shark diving off the coast (the Cape Town area is known for Great White Shark sightings), and shopping.

Monday, March 20; fly from South Africa to Munich

  • We will fly out of Cape Town at 9:25am and land in Munich at 7:55pm.
  • Have a dinner, probably in the Hofbrauhaus
  • Check into our hotel

Tuesday, March 21; return to North Carolina

  • Depart Munich at 12:10pm and land in Charlotte at 5:45pm

Wednesday, March 22; UNCG

  • attend classes after a wonderful and rewarding trip

After comparing many different flight itineraries for our trip, Dr. Nelson chose flights on Lufthansa that have layovers in Munich, Germany. The other airlines had itineraries that were more expensive and we be sitting on airplanes for nearly 20 hours with minimal break. The Lufthansa itinerary gives us a break between flights and allows us to spend some time in Munich. This itinerary leaves from, and returns to, Charlotte.

Charlotte to Cape Town

  • Wednesday, March 8, depart Charlotte at 6:35pm, arrive in Munich at 9:15am Thursday morning (Lufthansa 429; 8 hours, 40 minutes)
  • Spend the day in Munich
  • Thursday night, depart Munich at 7:05pm, arrive in Cape Town at 7:35am on Friday, March 10 (Lufthansa 574; 12 hours, 30 minutes)

Cape Town to Charlotte

  • Monday, March 20, depart Cape Town at 9:25am, land in Munich at 7:55pm (Lufthansa 575; 10 hours, 30 minutes)
  • Have a late dinner in Munich, stay overnight in a hotel near the train station (dinner and hotel are included in the cost of the trip), get a good night of sleep!
  • Tuesday, March 21, depart Munich at 12:10pm, arrive Charlotte at 5:45pm (Lufthansa 428; 11 hours, 35 minutes)
students on flight
Lauren, Meg and Sarah getting ready for the transatlantic flight,.

We will stay in the International Students residence facility in Stellenbosch University. Each suite has a kitchen, living area, and comfortable bedrooms. The residence halls are within walking distance of the university and downtown area.

Here are some photos of the rooms and residence area.

view of a building front of a building kitchenette bed with microwave and window

The cuisine in South Africa is very good. In addition to standard fare (hamburgers, steak, pasta), there are many local dishes that you have to try. The area also have many different ethnic restaurants that are wonderful.

Here are some pictures of David Nelson’s favorite meals in Cape Town.

ostrich lasagne crispies fish and chips dessert fries and entree gourmet meal gourmet meal presentation

You must have passport to go on the trip. If you do not have a passport, here is information on how to get one.

Web page for the U.S. Department of State on purchasing a passport.

Students going to South Africa

  • your names will appear here



  • Lee Burgess
  • Antonio Carangelo
  • David Covert
  • Chelsea Davis
  • Greg Davis
  • Caroline Hazelman
  • Michael Henderson
  • Mike Karkoski
  • Jacob Kato
  • Becky Marsh – Graduate Assistant
  • Mandy Mitchell
  • Kelsey Philbrick
  • Janet Phillips
  • Hannah Schwendiman
  • Nocoa Spencer
  • Kaitlyn Wagner


  • Kimberly Alden
  • Angela Bullard
  • Michelle Chinn Cannon
  • Chantel Cobb
  • Molly Hines
  • Brian Koenig
  • Eric Langer
  • Samuel Leblanc
  • Virginia Lee
  • Jessica MacNair
  • Jonathan Partin
  • Hap Post
  • Nicole Ramsey
  • Robert Rathbone
  • Hailey Rollins
  • Adam Singer
  • Gray Sotir
  • Liz Townley
  • Kirby Treadaway
  • Maggie Young


  • Emma Dhesi
  • Chris Dial
  • Rachel Dudley
  • Nash Dunn
  • Tyler Farrell
  • Christina Fuchs
  • Matt Funigiello
  • Chris Lavignette
  • Jessica Lee
  • Alex Lemons
  • Nate Litwin
  • Phoebe Lustig
  • Amanda Manring
  • Laura Martin
  • Sarah Phelps
  • Lauren Ritch
  • Elaine Smith
  • Matthew Trice
  • Sarah Tueting
  • Meg Weckworth


  • Kyle Asch
  • Sarah Baugher
  • Adam Collis
  • Lauren Correll
  • Valerie Davidson
  • Justin Davis
  • Kristen Freeman
  • Carolyn Golrick
  • Meredith Jones
  • Victoria Ladd
  • Julianne Odahowski
  • Lindsey Ogilvy
  • Carolina Perez
  • Christopher Steele
  • Evan Stevens
  • Kendra White
  • Meg Williams
  • Philip Wingfield
  • Rachyl Woodward


  • Jessica Alcon
  • Luke Arno
  • Malik Barrows
  • Sarah Bogardus
  • Andrea Brown
  • Julie Chau
  • Darla Cheung
  • Rosa Creech
  • Kristi Fowler
  • Chris Haire
  • Sam Howell
  • Adam Hux
  • Brittany Joyce
  • Kate King
  • Leigh Rudner
  • Dr. Paul Stewart
  • Mrs. Barbara Stewart
  • Justin Swaim
  • Tori Townsend
  • Sky Van Duuren
  • Erica Yeager


  • Tiffany Abts
  • Alan Allred
  • Joseph Cox
  • Jim Davis
  • Josh Heston
  • Travis Hodgdon
  • Ben Keith
  • Austin Macdonald
  • Katie Spaan
  • Nick Stubblefield
  • Leda Visser
  • Cheryl Joyner


  • Richard Auvil
  • Margaret Carpenter
  • Lucas Cecil
  • Stephanie Condelli
  • Brittany Fainn
  • Lisa Gattuso
  • Sarah Griffiths
  • Andy Hall
  • Amanda Harman
  • Meg Harrison
  • Shannon Kucirka
  • Nick Lee
  • Thomas Pappas
  • Gina Pezzoli
  • Elaine Smith
  • Phil Spencer
  • Diana Thompson
  • Cameron Ward
  • Jay Welborn
  • Ashley White


  • Jessica Arno
  • Luke Arno
  • Annalisa Chang
  • Kate Jackson
  • Jennifer Johnson
  • Hannah Lloyd
  • Andrea Lowman
  • Becky Marsh
  • Robert Matthews
  • Lindsey McConville
  • Nicholas Melton
  • Megan Morris
  • Kit Polen
  • Elizabeth Shank
  • Dylan Smith
  • Gordon Sutker
  • Alexandra Tibbitts
  • Marian Towe
  • Sue Ann Wright
  • Deliala Yasin


  • Josh Barbour
  • Jeff Calissi
  • Josh Cvijanovic
  • Eric Gee
  • Greg Gibson
  • Jessica Glime
  • Kathleen Hall
  • James Houghton
  • Darek Johnson
  • Philip Kassel
  • Dr. George Kiorpes
  • Mrs. Sue Kiorpes
  • Holly Kortze
  • Erin Martin
  • Rebecca McNair
  • Samantha Stevens
  • Ellen Swanson
  • Brandon Tesh
  • Jeremy Tucker
  • Shannon Witt


Please read the all the pages under the “Costs” menu. It is the student’s responsibility to understand all the details regarding the trip costs.

The cost of the trip is $3,595.

Included in the price:

  • Round Trip airfare from Charlotte to Cape Town, South Africa
  • Ten nights lodging on the Stellenbosch University campus
  • One night in a hotel in Munich
  • Student status and orientation at Stellenbosch University
  • All admissions to activities listed in the itinerary
  • Airport transportation
  • Vans to take students to cultural and educational activities in Cape Town and the surrounding area
  • Many meals on the two weekends. Meals during the Monday-Friday week are not included.
  • Electric adapter to use U.S. electronics in South Africa
  • International Health Insurance
  • One undergraduate or graduate credit hour (grad students can elect to take 3 hours for no additional cost)

Important Notes

Neither UNCG nor Dr. Nelson are making a profit on this trip. If at all possible, money will be returned to students during the trip, or extra money may be used for an additional concert or other activity. Dr. Nelson has returned money to students during the trip in almost every of his past trips.

Other Information about the price of the trip

  • There is one price for the trip.
  • There is no difference in the total cost for in-state or out-of-state students.
  • If you receive Financial Aid or Student Loans, you can apply for additional financial aid for the spring semester to help pay for the trip. Talk to Dr. Nelson for more information.
  • If you want to use frequent flyer miles to pay for the airplane tickets, or extend your stay by leaving before, or returning after, the group, contact Dr. Nelson.

UNCG reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond its control.

Friday, November 11 – Deposit of $400 is due.

Thursday, December 1 – Payment of $1,598 is due.

Note: if a student applies after these dates, the payment is due within 14 days of being accepted to go on the trip.

Friday, January 20 – The remainder of the cost of the trip ($1,597) is due, or verification that Financial Aid will pay the remainder of money owed for the trip. On this date, to total cost of the trip becomes non-refundable

Payments are to be made directly to the International Programs Center in room 207 of the Foust Building across campus. Give them a check made out to UNCG. On your check, put your name, student ID#, and “2017 South Africa Trip”.

On seven of the nine UNCG Spring Break Trips that Dr. Nelson has led, he has returned some money to the students during the trip. This occurs when the actual expenses are less than what was budgeted.

If there the budget is “in the black” for the South Africa Trip, Dr. Nelson will return that money to the students. There is no guarantee of this, but he has returned money to students on most of his previous spring break trips. Neither UNCG nor Dr. Nelson are making a profit on this trip.

If you qualify for campus-wide financial aid (and you have completed the FAFSA form), you can request extra money to pay for part or all of the trip.

You need to request these funds for the spring semester. Many students in past years have used this money for the trip, and it has worked quite well for them.

If you do not know whether or not your spring financial aid will help you pay for this program, take note that the $400 deposit due on is refundable through January 19.

Even if you wish to pay for the trip with Financial Aid, if you are one of the first to register and your name appears on the list of travelers on the web site, you still need to give your $400 deposit check (made out to UNCG) to the International Programs Center  by November 11.

If you have questions pertaining to Financial Aid, contact Dr. Nelson.

There will be a graduate assistant for the trip who will assist Dr. Nelson before and during the trip. This person will receive a $750 discount off the price of the trip. Any interested graduate students should contact Dr. Nelson as soon as possible.

Those interested in being the graduate assistant should apply for the trip during the application window. You can always withdraw from the trip later, if necessary.



  • Organize handouts and other materials to distribute to students
  • Arrange seating assignments for the flights (may not be necessary)
  • Assist with materials on reserve in library and on Canvas
  • Set up a (closed) Facebook page for the trip

During the Trip

  • Monitor that everyone is following the class schedule, and troubleshoot any problems
  • Be “on call” should Dr. Nelson or a student get sick, or if another unexpected circumstance should arise


  • Assist with final meeting

Other duties as needed

Qualifications and Experience

The interviews for this position will discuss the following topics

Leadership – This is the most important part of being the trip’s Graduate Assistant

  • Kinds of groups you have been in charge of
  • Any groups you led on trips
  • Your communication methods and skill
  • Your ability to work with others
  • Your enthusiasm level

Travel Experience

  • Where you have traveled
  • Your foreign travel experience
  • Your comfort level and independence in a foreign country
  • Your experience dealing with changes in flight schedules (hopefully not needed here!)

Organizational Skills

  • Jobs or positions you have had where you have been responsible for organizing people, information, or documents


  • Other qualifications could you bring to the trip and this position
  • The reasons this trip appeals to you and the reason you want to go

Application Info

Before applying, please read the different pages in the “Application Info” menu.

We will take a maximum of 20 students on this trip. If we more than that apply, we will choose applicants according 1) strength of application and 2) the following priority:

  1. Upperclass and graduate students who are majors or minors in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
  2. Lowerclass students who are majors or minors in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
  3. UNCG students who are not majors or minors in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
  4. People who are not students at UNCG.

Note: for highest consideration, you should apply as soon as possible.

Important note – before you apply to go on the trip, you must read everything in all of pages in the “trip details”, “costs”, “application info”, and “course info” menus.

There are two parts to the application process.

1. Online Application

Click HERE to go to the trip information page on the International Program Center’s web site. At the bottom of that page, you will will see a button labeled APPLY NOW. Click on this button to begin the application process. You will need to use your UNCG user name and password.

Once you have clicked started the application process, be sure to choose “Spring 2017” and then you can start filling out the application questionnaires. You do not need to complete these questionnaires immediately, but they must be completed within 48 hours of having started the process.

2. Send an email to Dr. Nelson

Send an email to Dr. Nelson telling him of your priority status.

If you are not a UNCG student, you must fill out a form for UNCG Online. Note that there is a small fee for this. Contact Dr. Nelson for more information.

  • All students must check with their professors about material missed on Thursday, March 9,  Friday, March 10, Monday, March 20, and Tuesday, March 21.
  • Pay particular attention to performances, rehearsals, and special projects that take place during the dates of the trip
  • It is each student’s responsibility to deal with any and all conflicts.

Please note that, while being excused from classes on these days is solely up to the discretion of the professor, the itinerary of missing two days of class before Spring Break and two days after Spring Break was the idea of Dean Peter Alexander and has his support.

Course Info

All students must will take the trip for credit. There will be several short quizzes before the trip and some short reflection papers after the we are back home.

Undergraduate students will take VPA 338 Experiencing Performing Arts Cultures for one credit hour.

Graduate students will take MTD 638 Experiencing Performing Arts Cultures for either one or three credit hours. Those opting for three credit hours will write a 15-20 page research paper on a topic relating to the music or composers experienced on the trip, and will also do the quizzes and brief papers that everyone else will do.

There are four required classes before we leave on our trip. These will be a combination of academic learning (history, culture, music) and trip preparations (map study, packing, phones, etc.).

These classes will probably be on Sundays in afternoon or evening. These dates and times will be announced in November or December

There will be one additional get together after the trip. This will be for meal together and trip evaluations will be filled out.

Here is the syllabus for a past spring break. The syllabus for the 2017 trip will be similar and will be posted soon.

Spring Break Trip to Vienna and Salzburg
March 4-13, 2011

Course Number, Title, and Credit Hours:  
MUS 338/638 Experiencing Musical Cultures
1 credit hour; graduate students have the option of electing this for 3 credit hours

There are no prerequisites or corequisites, but students taking this class must be going on the spring break trip to Vienna and Salzburg on March 4-13, 2010.

For whom planned
This class is for students going on the spring-break trip. Students not going on the trip cannot take the class.

Instructor Information
Dr. David Nelson, UNCG School of Music
Room 242 School of Music
(336) 256-1229

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO’s)
At the end of this class, students will be able:

  1. To list the composers who lived and worked in Vienna.
  2. To explain the stylistic features and historical place of the works performed in the orchestra concert we will attend in Vienna, focusing on Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring”
  3. To compare the lives of Mozart and Beethoven as seen through their residences that we will visit in Vienna and Salzburg.
  4. To navigate the Vienna public transportation system in order to find sites of interest

Additionally, graduate students will be able:

  1. To formulate impressions and interpretations on one aspect of music in Salzburg or Vienna, based on the surroundings in which this came to be.

Teaching Strategies
In the classes and independent preparation prior to the trip, there will be lecture, discussion, in- and out-of-class listening, reading assignments, and DVD presentations. In Vienna and Salzburg, there will be lecture in the museums, attending two performances in Vienna, experiencing the buildings and streets where these composers lived, and copious times for discussion.
Graduate students who opt to take MUS 638 for three hours will meet privately with Dr. Nelson twice before the trip and twice after the trip to discuss the development of the paper topic and to monitor the progress of its writing.

Evaluation Methods and Guidelines for Assignments

  • Quiz on Viennese composers (SLO 1)
    • The student will identify the important Viennese composers and other musicians who spent significant time in Vienna.
  • 2 “Magic Flute” Quizzes (SLO 2)
    • The student will tell the story of the opera and recognize the music from it
  • “Vienna Free Time” assignment (SLO 4)
    • The student will choose at least eight sites that they are interested in seeing, and describe how to get to each
  • Summary report on Mozart’s and Beethoven’s sites (SLO 3)
    • In the summary report, the student will discuss the living and working environment for the composers that we can see today. The student is encouraged to use their imagination in trying to picture what life may have been like when these composers were alive. (2-3 pages)
  • 2 Summary reports on the performances (SLO 2)
    • These will be detailed reviews of the operetta and the concert, and will include discussions of how the performers presented the musical structures and stylistic features of the works studied in class. (2-3 pages each)

Additionally, graduate students electing the class for three have the following assignment:

  • Paper (SLO 5)
    • Choose a Viennese composer, composition(s), or musical institution and write about its relationship to city of Vienna. The topic must be chosen before the trip and must be agreed to with Dr. Nelson (minimum 20 pages).

Undergraduate Students, and Graduate Students taking MUS 638 for 1 credit

  • Viennese composers quiz, 10%
  • 2 “Magic Flute” quizzes, (15% each),30%
  • Vienna Free Time assignment, 10%
  • Summary reports on Mozart’s and Beethoven’s sites, 20%
  • 2 Summary reports on performances, (15% each), 30%

A = 93-100, A- = 90-92; B+ = 87-89; B = 83-86; B- = 80-82; C+ = 77-79; C = 73-76;     C- = 70-72; D+ 67-69; D = 63-66; D- = 60-62; F = 59 or below

Graduate Students taking MUS 638 for 3 credits

  • Viennese composers quiz, 10%
  • 2 “Magic Flute” quizzes, (10% each), 20%
  • Vienna Free Time assignment, 10%
  • Summary reports on Mozart’s and Beethoven’s sites, 10%
  • 2 Summary reports on performances, (15% each) 10%
  • Paper, 40%

A = 93-100, A- = 90-92; B+ = 87-89; B = 83-86; B- = 80-82; C+ = 77-79; C = 70-76;     F = 69 or below

Required Texts/Readings/References

  • Nelson, David. Vienna for the Music Lover. Vienna: Christian Brandstätter, 2006 (on Blackboard)
  • Libretto for “The Magic Flute”, Opers Journeys Publishing, 2006 (supplied)
  • Articles, Music Scores, and CD’s on the music we will hear in concert.
  • Additional materials placed on Blackboard

Academic Honor Code
All students are expected to follow UNCG Academic Integrity Policy which can be found at http://studentconduct.uncg.edu/policy/academicintegrity.

Attendance Policy
Attendance is required at all classes and in all activities during the trip.

Schedule of Classes, Quizzes, and Assignments

January 23 (4-7 p.m.)

  • Introductions
  • Musical Vienna and its Composers
  • Mozart, “The Magic Flute” Act 1
  • Musikverein
  • Prior to the class
  • Trip Planning
  • Read prior to this class: Nelson, 6-10, 55-63, 70-73, 97-103
  • Listen to, and read the libretto for Act 1 of “The Magic Flute”
  • Read “The Magic Flute” Mini Guide (on Blackboard), p.1-9

February 6 (1-4 p.m.)

  • Quiz on Viennese composers
  • Quiz on “The Magic Flute” Act 1
  • Mozart, “The Magic Flute” Act 2
  • Sound of Music sites in/near Salzburg
  • Go over map study assignment
  • Prior to class
  • Trip planning
  • Listen to, and read the libretto for Act 2 of “The Magic Flute”
  • Read “The Magic Flute” Mini Guide (on blackboard), p.9-31
  • Read Nelson’s “Sound of Music” Chapter

February 20 (1-4 p.m.)

  • Quiz on “The Magic Flute” Act 2
  • Hand in “Places to visit during your free time” assignment
  • Prior to class
  • Trip planning
  • Read Nelson p. 19-28,39-45, 67-103, 107-112, 171-176
  • Listen to, and read the program notes for, the Strauss and Bach/Webern works
  • Read the excerpts from “A Xenophobe’s Guide to Austria” and “Culture Shock” on Blackboard

One class meeting after trip, date/time TBA

  • Review of trip
  • Discussion of performances
  • Discussion of individual papers
  • Summary Reports due

Friday, April 1

  • Summary Reports due

Friday, April 22

  • Graduate papers due

Dr. Nelson

David NelsonDr. David Nelson has been Professor of Music at UNCG since 2003 and will lead this trip to South Africa. Since 1992, he has led 30 international trips with more than 600 travelers. Among these are nine UNCG spring break trips with 170 students. He has also led two tours for UNCG alumni and adult learners.

Dr. Nelson has written three books on the musical sites of Vienna. “Vienna for the Music Lover” was published in 2006 with editions in English, German, and Chinese. The “Vienna Music Guide” was published in 2013, and the “Salzburg Music Guide” came out in 2015. Both of the “Guides” are published in English and German.

During the 2014-15 school year, Nelson was the Director of UNCG’s Global Engagement Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), a university-wide initiative to globalize campus.

Dr. Nelson receiving the “Golden Medal of Honor” from Dr. Ernst Theimer in Vienna.

picture of dr. nelson receiving award
Dr. Nelson receiving the “Golden Medal of Honor” from Dr. Ernst Theimer in Vienna.

In March 2008, the city of Vienna gave Dr. Nelson the “Golden Medal of Honor” for his work to support music in that city. This is second highest honor the Vienna has given to an American. The highest went to Leonard Bernstein!

Click here to see the official proclamation read at the award ceremony.

Nelson has lectured in Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, and Prague, and has been interviewed on Austrian National Radio (ÖRF). In 2002-03, Nelson held an endowed professorship, the Marshall Plan Anniversary Professor of Austrian Studies, at the University of New Orleans.

Dr. Nelson is also the founder of In Mozart’s Footsteps, a travel company which takes music lovers to visit the musical capitals of Europe. http://www.inmozartsfootsteps.com.

Dr. Nelson holds a B.M. in music education from the University of Michigan, and a M.M. in conducting and Ph.D. in music theory from Northwestern University.

Dr. Nelson’s “Vienna Music Guide” (2013)
Dr. Nelson’s “Vienna Music Guide” (2013)


Dr. Nelson can be contacted by any of the following methods:

email at david_nelson@uncg.edu

phone at (336) 256-1229

go to his office, room 242

photo of dr. nelson with students
Dr. Nelson telling the group about Mozart’s last days as an employee of Archbishop Colloredo. He lived in this courtyard.