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Manfred Hilker

Manfred and his wife, Jodi, founded Music Contact International in 1987.

Originally from northern Germany, not far from Bremen, Manfred began traveling at a young age. He spent time exploring Europe’s cultures, landscapes, customs and art forms before he finished his studies of biology and geography at the Westfälische Wilhems University in Muenster.

Manfred’s travels by land, sea, and air since then have brought him to many corners of the world, and he loves learning about the history and people of foreign places. The stories he recounts from memory about various tour destinations have been a highlight for countless groups he has traveled with.

Manfred is always looking for new, exciting, and unique performance opportunities for Music Contact International’s tour groups.  He loves to experience new cultural traditions and design performance tour itineraries that match groups with the best venues and leisure activities.

When he’s not working, Manfred enjoys sailing, riding his Russian motorcycle, working on his home in Shelburne, and cooking for his wife and two adult children who still come home for his incredible meatloaf!