Heritage Festivals

Heritage Festivals

Over 100 national performance opportunities for bands, choirs, and orchestras

Young performers in middle and high school experience an unparalleled musical education at every Heritage Festival. Your ensemble will perform for nationally acclaimed adjudicators, learn from their feedback, and be inspired to new heights as a result of the entire experience. With over 25 available destinations, your students will explore a new city and deepen their bonds with classmates.

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Performance travel does great things for you and your department. It fosters enthusiasm for your program within the community. It also earns their greater support and enhances your reputation as a forward-thinking leader in making top talent and technique available to local students.

Unmatched individual performing opportunities Meaningful adjudication speaks volumes.

Every festival performance is adjudicated by a panel of three renowned music professionals. Our adjudicator partners are at the top of their game. They are trained masters at developing skill level and confidence in young performing ensembles. Assessment from multiple adjudicators assures your feedback is a balanced and meaningful critique.

50th Anniversary Icon Strength in numbers

With 50 years of experience, we've taken over 4 million students on educational trips - over 400,000 students traveled with us last year alone! We partner with more than 10,000 K-12 schools and 300 colleges and universities, including the top 30 MBA programs.

VIP access An event with national exposure

We believe in the importance of allowing young performers a venue to push their limits. An event of this caliber attracts talented groups from across the country and around the world. It takes them beyond the local concert setting or regional competition and gives them a place to shine in the national spotlight and network with like-minded musicians.

Treated like a King Recruit new talent.

Students are thrilled to be part of something big. To dance, sing, or play on new stages in new places, and to learn from the best. They tell their friends, and soon everyone around them gets excited. Retaining your students gets easier. Your recruitment gets an energy boost.

More travel options It's all about options.

Each year we escort 70,000 students to performance destinations across the country and the globe. We offer you unbeatable choices: over 100 yearly festival dates in over 25 cities, seven college bowl options, and virtually unlimited destinations abroad. Whether you are looking for a competitive challenge, a rewarding trip for your ensemble, or a chance to learn from the greats, we've got you covered.

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Elite Performing Opportunities

Elite performing opportunities

Looking to take your performing group to the next level? We want to give the most skilled and dedicated student ensembles the chance to perform on America’s premier stages under the batons of world-renowned conductors and adjudicators. We are pleased to offer ensembles two outstanding invite-only offerings:

Festival at Carnegie Hall | Talented choral and instrumental ensembles are encouraged to apply for one of the nation’s most prestigious honors—the opportunity to perform on stage at Carnegie Hall. Working with world-class conductors, our Carnegie Hall ensembles gain real-world exposure to the professional world of music. Learn more about how to take your ensemble to perform at Carnegie Hall.

Festival of Gold | Offered on five of the nation’s premier stages, the Festival of Gold offers ensembles a truly unique experience. It’s a festival, extensive clinics with renowned conductors, and a prestigious performance—all in one event. Learn more about how to bring your choral or instrumental group to a one-of-a-kind performing opportunity.

“I can’t say enough about how Heritage has been a partner of my choir program for the last 15 years. In that time, I can look back on the times that the festival experience has helped me and my students grow to the next level.”

—Ron, Director

 

“I live in a constant state of gratitude that my students experience lessons that will last a lifetime—and your staff of program advisors are a shining example of why we feel so fortunate to give them that gift.”

—Angela, Director

Reviews and Comments

What do teachers and students think of WorldStrides' Heritage Festivals Tours?

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4.2

(based on 140 reviews)

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    (79)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Awesome destinations (12)
  • Great accommodations (9)
  • Extremely educational (8)
  • Once in a lifetime experience (8)
  • Ended too soon (4)

Cons

  • Food could be better (7)
  • Hotel too far away (7)
  • Ended too soon (5)

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5.0

Terrific learning experience

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from Tokyo, Japan

Pros

  • Awesome destinations
  • Extremely educational

Cons

  • Food could be better

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    Comments about WorldStrides Heritage Festivals:

    The whole experience was a positive one for me and my students. This was the first music trip for my school and I felt supported through every stage of the planning process. Once at our destination, the venues and adjudicators were positive and gave helpful suggestions for the ensemble to go further. Having a partner to work with that was so experienced made

    • Age:
    • 30-39
    • Reviewer Type:
    • Educator: 1st WorldStrides Tour
     
    5.0

    This was a great trip!

    By 

    from NC

    Pros

    • Awesome destinations
    • Extremely educational
    • Great accommodations
    • Once in a lifetime experience

    Cons

    • Ended too soon
    • Schedule too hectic

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      Comments about WorldStrides Heritage Festivals:

      I had lots of fun, I got to stay at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and it was absolutely amazing.

      • Age:
      • Under 18
      • Reviewer Type:
      • Student Traveler
       
      5.0

      I LOVE WORLD STRIDES!!!

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      from CA

      Pros

      • Awesome destinations
      • Ended too soon
      • Great accommodations

      Cons

      • Schedule too hectic

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        Comments about WorldStrides Heritage Festivals:

        I loved your World Strides program in California! It was nice to be able to see the other bands, but I wish it had been a little more organized. It was hard shuffling the percussion around and not having a lot of help.

        • Age:
        • Under 18

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