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2017 National Youth Choir Conductors
March 12: Greg Gilpin and the National Middle School & Children's Choral FestivalMarch 25: Lynne Gackle and Christopher AspaasApril 2: Edith Copley and André ThomasApril 23: Anton Armstrong and Rollo DilworthApril 29: Jeffery Ames and Timothy Seelig
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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 2017 Conductors

Lynne Gackle
March 24-27

Lynne Gackle is Professor of Ensembles and Associate Director of Choral Activities at Baylor University where she conducts the Baylor Bella Voce and the Baylor Concert Choir.

Edith Copley
Mar 31- Apr 3

Edith A. Copley is the Director of Choral Studies at Northern Arizona University where she leads the Shrine of the Ages Choir and teaches choral literature.

Anton Armstrong
Apr 21–24

Anton Armstrong, Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College, is a graduate of St. Olaf College and earned advanced degrees at the University of Illinois and Michigan State University.

Jeffery Ames
Apr 27–30

Jeffery L. Ames serves as Director of Choral Activities at Belmont University. He is an accomplished composer, conductor, arranger, and accompanist.



Christopher Aspaas
March 24-27

Christopher Aspaas is the Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Texas Christian University.  He has produced more than forty arrangements and compositions for mixed, men’s and women’s choirs.

André Thomas
Mar 31- Apr 3

André Thomas is the director of Choral Activities and Professor of Choral Music Education, Florida State University.

Rollo Dilworth
Apr 21-24

Rollo Dilworth is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities and Music Education at the North Park University School of Music in Chicago, Illinois. He also serves as director of the Music Institute of Chicago Children’s Choir.

Timothy Seelig
Apr 27-30

Timothy Seelig holds four degrees, including the Doctor of Musical Arts from University of North Texas and the Diploma from the Mozarteum in Salzberg, Austria. He has authored best-sellers The Perfect Blend, The Perfect Rehearsal as well as The Perfect Choral Workbook.

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!

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