• 03/16/2018 to
2017 Adjudicators
Choral: Dr. Edith Copely & Dr. Jeffery ReddingInstrumental: Anthony Maiello & Dr. Andrew Dabczynski
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Meet Your Clinicians

Choral Clinicians: 

Dr. Jeffery Redding, former Director of Choral Activities at West Virginia University, is Director of Choral Music at West Orange High School in Orlando, Florida. Nationally, Redding is in demand as a guest conductor of national and state honor choirs and all-state choirs.

Dr. Edith Copely is the Director of Choral Studies, Northern Arizona University. She conducts Shrine of the Ages Choir and teaches choral literature. Edith has conducted over 30 All-State Choirs and the ACDA National Mixed Honor Choir.


Instrumental Clinicians:

Dr. Andrew H. Dabczynski is Professor of Music Education at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he is also the director of the BYU “New Horizons Orchestra,” a beginning string orchestra for adults and laboratory for string teacher training.

Anthony Maiello is a professor at George Mason University where he conducts the GMU Repertory Orchestra and teaches Conducting, Jazz Theory & Arranging and Advanced Sight-Singing.

Package Inclusions

The Festival of Gold is a truly unique event—a festival, clinic, and prestigious performance—all wrapped into one premier event. Every Festival of Gold package includes: 

  • Extensive one-on-one time with outstanding, internationally known clinicians
  • Formal festival performance and adjudication
  • Encore Concert at prestigious venue
  • Honor Ensemble distinctions
  • One free base travel package for every 25 packages purchased
  • WorldStrides approved, student-friendly hotel accommodations
  • Digital audio recording of performance and Encore Concert
  • Commemorative program
  • Digitally recorded adjudicator comments
  • The largest and most comprehensive insurance policy in the student travel field

Drums Band Student Festival Rehearsal

Festival of Gold Encore Series

Songs of Thanks, a concert honoring the America veterans of the Vietnam War

WorldStrides OnStage is proud to support The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration with a series of concerts in premier venues across the country. Join us for an evening to remember as we honor the Vietnam Veterans with an encore concert performance at our Festival of Gold. Admission is free to all.

Concert Schedule

Orchestra Hall, Chicago Symphony Center
Chicago, IL
March 20, 8:00 PM
Renee & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Costa Mesa, CA
March 27, 8:00 PM
Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
San Francisco, CA
April 10, 8:00 PM
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Nashville, TN
April 24, 8:00 PM

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Sample Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Nashville!
  • Arrive in Nashville Enjoy an optional breakfast served at the hotel.
  • Keynote Address and Combined Singing Rehearsal This evening, join our adjudicators and staff for the Keynote Address, followed by a combined singing rehearsal.
  • First Honor Ensemble Rehearsal Time for your first rehearsals! Honor Ensembles will break out into separate rehearsals.
Day 2 Clinics and Rehearsals
  • Honor Ensemble Rehearsals Honor Ensembles will have morning rehearsals at your host hotel.
  • Individual Ensemble Clinics Throughout the day, adjudicators will hold 60-75 minute clinics for each group. Clinics will run on a set schedule (provided to you prior to the event).
  • Sightseeing during off-time Spend your evening free in Nashville. Our expert Destination Specialist can book a group dinner, a show, and more for you and your ensemble at your request.
Day 3 Clinics and Time to Explore the Music City
  • Individual Ensemble Clinics Rehearsals and individual ensemble clinics will run on a set schedule (provided to you prior to the event) throughout the day.
  • Sightseeing during off-time Rehearsals and individual ensemble clinics will run on a set schedule (provided to you prior to the event) throughout the day.
Day 4 Festival Performances and Encore Concert at Schermerhorn Symphony Center
  • Festival Performances Each group will take the stage for their festival performances in Laura Turner Concert Hall at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. A schedule of these performances will be provided to you prior to travel. A short Honor Ensemble rehearsal will take place prior to the Encore Concert.
  • Encore Concert This evening, our groups host the Encore Concert at Laura Turner Concert Hall at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. This culminating concert gives all ensembles center stage for the performance of a lifetime.
Day 5 Goodbye, Nashville!
  • Depart for home Depart for home, or choose to stay in Nashville for as long as you like. Our Destination Specialist can book sightseeing tours, meals, and extra arrangements as needed.

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