• 04/05/2018 to
Package Includes
Performance in a national music festivalAwards CeremonyManitou Cliff Dwellings taco lunch or dinner and show
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Festival Features

Every Heritage Festival package includes:

  • One free base travel package for every 25 packages purchased
  • Positive, constructive adjudication with written and recorded comments from a panel of three nationally acclaimed adjudicators
  • On-stage mini clinic
  • Quality hotel accommodations
  • Gift for the director and commemorative gift for each student
  • Professional performance recording
  • Accident, medical, and dental insurance for all travelers plus extensive liability insurance coverage for directors
  • Free high school academic credit for students
  • Free professional development and opportunity to earn discounted graduate credit for directors

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The AIM Experience

Music Director with Choir Students Performance

Affirm. Inspire. Mentor. Directors have been asking for it, and here it is! The AIM Experience is an exclusive private master-class session offered as an elective to participating groups at all Heritage Festivals. This 60-90 minute concentrated educational experience provides extra performance time and customized one-on-one instruction from one of our professional clinicians. Music directors can set the focus of the session’s content through their planning call with the instructor. Reaffirm your classroom teachings, fine tune your festival performance, or focus on a few specific skills – the choice is yours! Ask your Festival Selection Advisor about setting up your own AIM Experience!

Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Welcome to Colorado Springs!
  • Arrival in Colorado Springs, CO
  • Royal Gorge Bridge (optional) One of America’s most spectacular attractions and home to the world’s highest suspension bridge. The 360-acre park surrounding the Royal Gorge provides numerous scenic overlooks, enabling you to view the spectacular chasm. In addition, you can ride the world’s steepest incline railway to the bottom of the canyon or glide across the gorge on an aerial tramway! Check out the park's newest thrill ride, the Sky Coaster.
  • Fargo's Pizza (optional) Visit this old Western-style saloon complete with player piano, for delicious pizza, salad bar, and fun.
Day 2 First day of festival performances
  • First day of festival performances Festival performances run throughout the day at your event venue. After arriving at your concert venue, your group will warm up in a private rehearsal room. Each ensemble will perform for 15-minutes on stage. A panel of three adjudicators will provide written and recorded feedback for each performance. Following your performance, a select adjudicator will conduct a mini-clinic on stage with your group, providing valuable feedback and reinforcement for your classroom teachings. Groups will also have the opportunity to participate as an audience for other groups competing – giving your ensemble exposure to their peers.
  • Manitou Cliff Dwellings Check out the carefully preserved cliff dwellings of the ancient Anasazi, and enjoy lunch while you're there.
  • Melodrama Dinner Theatre (optional) Head back to the city for a fun night of food and laughs. Enjoy a delicious family-style dinner complete with all the trimmings. Your group will watch a fun-filled comedy melodrama followed by a foot-stomping sing-along and a vaudeville-style olio full of song, dance, and comedy.
Day 3 Festival performances continue, then celebrate at the Awards Ceremony
  • Continue festival performances Festival performances will continue throughout the morning. Your performance time will be given to you weeks before your event, so you can plan your day accordingly. Bringing more than one ensemble? No problem – our team will arrange your schedule so you can maximize your free time.
  • Pikes Peak Cog Railway (optional) The world’s highest cog railway takes visitors on an unforgettable and panoramic trip to the 14,110-foot summit of America’s most famous mountain.
  • Awards Ceremony Tonight, all groups will be hosted at an exclusive Awards Ceremony! Choirs, orchestras, and bands will be recognized for high scores within their class – plus standout individuals will be recognized for outstanding performances.
Day 4 Depart for home
  • Bye, Colorado! Depart for home, or stay an extra day or two! Our team can help you arrange travel or extra time in Colorado Springs.

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