Performing Stories

Music Teacher Jon Ortiz Reflects On His Honors Performance Series Experiences

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As a student, Jon Ortiz was chosen to perform at Carnegie Hall with WorldStrides’ Honors Performance Series. The experience affirmed for him that he was meant to pursue a career in music. Now a music teacher in Lubbock, Texas, Jon was recently chosen as a…

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WorldStrides and Little Kids Rock Kick Off Partnership at Carnegie Hall

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“Every student is a musician,” says David Wish, CEO and founder of Little Kids Rock, “we, as educators need to draw it out of our students rather than drumming it in.” Founded by a former elementary school teacher frustrated with the lack of funding for…

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WorldStrides Participates In NCAA Final Four

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WorldStrides had a significant hand in presenting the National Anthem at the Men’s and Women’s Final Four over the weekend. Sky’s the Limit Productions, a division of WorldStrides OnStage, provided production assistance for the National Anthem ahead of the games. Our participation didn’t end there,…

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Introducing Our 2017-2018 Choreographers!

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If you’re anything like us, you can’t wait for the summer to watch Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. The show brings contemporary dance to the homes and hearts of many. We tune in episode after episode to be inspired by the choreography and…

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5 Notes about Carl Strommen’s Latest Composition, “Atlas Rising”

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WorldStrides OnStage has the pleasure of working with renowned composer and arranger Carl Strommen. Carl Strommen has been a favorite instrumental adjudicator at our New York Heritage Festival for years. Each year, band directors traveling to a bowl game or parade event with WorldStrides OnStage receive…

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Why I Love the Honors Performance Series

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By Hayley Safley *This article originally appeared on The Odyssey.  On February 4, 2016, I embarked on an incredible music adventure with the High School Honors Performance Series. To make a total cliché, it absolutely was a bucket list, life-changing experience. Wonder why? I met incredible…

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Announcing the 2018 Festival at Carnegie Hall Dates!

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Save the date(s)! We have confirmed the dates of our 2018 Festival at Carnegie Hall dates! For decades, our select choirs, bands, and orchestras have performed on Carnegie Hall’s largest stage, the Ronald O. Perelman Stage in the Isaac Stern Auditorium. This great hall has…

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Our 2016-17 Bowl Game Predictions

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As the regular college football season draws to a close, WorldStrides OnStage programs is gearing up for bowl game season! We’re just as excited as our performers to find out who will be playing in bowl games across the country. While we wait for the…

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Adjudicator Perspective: How To Prepare For Your Festival Performance

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Planning a festival should be a fun and rewarding experience. At WorldStrides OnStage, we take care of every single detail so our directors can focus on the most important part – the music! Adjudicated festival performance can feel intimidating, so we talked to several of…

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How To Combat Stage Fright

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You’re preparing for your festival, but your students – maybe even you! – are starting to feel the effects of stage fright! Simply put, stage fright is performance anxiety. Those with performance anxiety will often focus on the worst case scenarios, worry about failure, and…

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