New Orleans Heritage Festival
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New Orleans Heritage Festival

Contagious musical energy and creativity is everywhere at this national music festival

Perform at the New Orleans Heritage Festival! Jazz up your next performance tour and join us in the Crescent City. No other city can come close to New Orleans’ musical heritage. Experience the French Quarter, visit Jackson Square, or explore the Aquarium of the Americas. Don’t miss the D-Day Museum, a boat ride up the Mississippi, and a most memorable Swamp Tour. There’s never a dull moment with so many events to enjoy.

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Dates
  • 03/30/2017 to
    04/02/2017
  • 04/20/2017 to
    04/23/2017
Package Highlights:
Performance in a national music festivalAwards ceremony, dinner, and Masquerade Ball at Mardi Gras World in the Float Den featuring one-of-a-kind floats used in prior Mardi Gras celebrations
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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

The AIM Experience Launching in 2017!

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!

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to the Crescent City!
  • Natchez River Cruise Lunch (optional) Your cruise from the heart of the French Quarter takes you back to when cotton was king and life was as slow and graceful as the current on the Mississippi, aboard New Orleans’ only authentic Steamboat.
  • Ghost & Spirit Tour (optional) Experience the New Orleans supernatural world up close and personal as your guide takes you through the historic French Quarter.
  • Hotel check-in
Day 2 First performances and touring of the city
  • Cemetery & Gris-Gris Walking Tour (optional) Tour one of New Orleans most famous features, the above ground cemetery. Make a wish or cast a spell at the tomb of Marie Leveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. Get your own Gris-Gris Bag!
  • First day of 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.
  • Step-on bus tour (optional) Experience a New Orleans tour from the comfort of your own bus. Expert tour guides will join you for a 3-hour tour of this historical city.
Day 3 Continue festival performances and Awards Ceremony at Mardi Gras World
  • Final performances Festival performances will continue throughout the day. 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.
  • Airboat Swamp Tours (optional) Join your captain on a high speed Airboat Ride! You’ll be touring a large tract of tidewater cypress swamp. During your tour, you’ll have opportunities to see alligators, snakes, turtles, egrets, herons and ibis, and sometimes see hawks, owls and bald eagles.
  • Awards Ceremony at Mardi Gras World Celebrate in the place where Mardi Gras is made! Your party takes place in the float-den featuring one-of-a-kind floats used in Mardi Gras parades!
Day 4 Depart New Orleans!
  • Goodbye, New Orleans! Depart for home, or stay an extra day or two! Our team can help you arrange travel or extra time in New Orleans.

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