Carnegie Childrens and Middle School Choir

Festival at Carnegie Hall: Middle School & Children’s Choral Festival

Perform in the Middle School and Children’s Choir during the Festival at Carnegie Hall! Find out more about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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National Middle School and Children's Choral Festival Conductors
March 12: Greg Gilpin
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Package Inclusions

Ensembles attending Festival at Carnegie Hall experience the rich history and tradition of arts that are part of the diverse culture of New York City. Package includes:

  • Extensive group rehearsals with outstanding, internationally known adjudicators and conductors
  • One free base travel package for every 20 packages purchased
  • Orientation session
  • Three nights hotel accommodations in quad rooms in a Manhattan hotel
  • Attendance at a Broadway show
  • Admission to your choice of one sightseeing excursion – Statue of Liberty, Top of the Rock, or the Empire State Building
  • Audio CD of your performance (one CD per school)
  • Professional photo of group performance for each participant
  • Commemorative plaque for your school
  • Certificate of Achievement for each student
  • Commemorative program poster for director
  • Hotel baggage handling upon arrival and departure (one bag per person)
  • The largest and most comprehensive insurance policy in the student travel field

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Meet Your Conductor

Greg Gilpin


Greg Gilpin
March 10 — 13

Greg Gilpin began piano lessons at the age of four and while continuing his music study in piano, trumpet, French horn and voice, became an accomplished accompanist for choirs in school and his family’s church. By the time he entered college, he had developed a strong knowledge of choral music, and directed a church choir for over four years. His first choral works were published while a senior at Northwest Missouri State University, where he received a degree in Vocal Music Education.

Since 1986, Greg’s career has been musically diverse, continuing in music education as a choral arranger and composer and as a private voice and piano instructor.

Today, Greg is a well-known ASCAP award-winning choral composer and arranger with hundreds of publications to his credit and is a highly respected choral conductor. He performs frequently as a singer with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as well as recording artist Sandi Patty. He currently is Director of Educational Choral Publications for Shawnee Press, Inc. and is a member of ACDA, MENC, AFTRA, SAG, and is a Life Loyal Member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to the Big Apple!
  • Arrive in New York Arrive in New York City and check into your Manhattan hotel.
  • First Rehearsal Directors will participate in a brief orientation session while students attend their first group rehearsal.
  • Attend a Broadway Show We can help you select the best dinner option for your group, but don't linger too long - tonight you're going to a Broadway show!
Day 2 Rehearsals and Explore the City
  • Rehearsals Students will spend most of the day in rehearsal, bonding with their peers from across the nation and learning from a world-class conductor.
  • Sightseeing during Off-time Spend the evening sightseeing! Your package includes admission to your choice of one of the following: the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the Empire State Building, or Top of the Rock!
Day 3 Perform at Carnegie Hall
  • Group Rehearsals You have the morning to get in any last-minute sightseeing activities you haven't done (China Town, the Highline, the Financial District) before a rigorous afternoon rehearsal, including a sound check at Carnegie Hall.
  • Performance at Carnegie Hall Tonight is the night: take your seat in the Isaac Stern Auditorium and watch the product of the week's hard work as your students perform at Carnegie Hall!
Day 4 Goodbye, New York!
  • Depart Home After a good night's rest, the choice is yours: depart at your leisure, or consider spending an extra day in The Big Apple! Your festival Program Coordinator can help you arrange the perfect activities for your group to celebrate their performance at Carnegie Hall!