If you have a student band, chorus group, or orchestra group that has some serious talent to show, this is the right travel option for you! Festivals of Music provides amazing group events and travel opportunities for musical performances from middle school and junior high to high school. These festivals take place in several different major locations, some of the most popular being in Chicago, Atlanta, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, D.C., St. Louis, and Toronto, plus many more. Each festival boasts remarkable conductors, instrumentalists, and choral members, not to mention well matched and experienced judges for each individual group. One of the best things about these events are the spectacular venues, ones that "truly amplify talent."
Festivals of Music is a highly successful organization, owning a great "focus and passion on creating the best musically educational outcomes for students." Your experience will begin with a 25-minute warm-up followed by time on stage (30 minutes for choral, 45 minutes for instrumental) that will include commentary regarding your performance from a panel of three adjudicators and a post-performance clinic from one of the adjudicators. There are several groups allowed to perform here, such as concert bands, full orchestra, string orchestra, jazz band, parade bands, visual ensembles, concert choir, chamber choir, jazz and show choir, and even renaissance choir. Most everything you will need to perform will already be on location, except extras, drumsticks, mallets, cymbals, and snare drums.
Every group that performs will be ranked on a scale of poor to superior, as well as have the opportunity to receive an award during the recognition ceremony. There are also special awards presented for overall categories, outstanding soloists and jazz sections, and the famed Tim Lautzenheiser Esprit de Corps Award. Festivals of Music believes each group deserves recognition and award for their effort, and also that coming to these festivals are "not just about the destination, but the journey". They will work hand in hand with your travel planner and make this the most smooth, memorable, and fun performance trip ever!