Seattle Heritage Festival

Seattle Heritage Festival

A distinctly Pacific Northwest festival experience for choirs, bands, and orchestras

Perform at the Seattle Heritage Festival! Enjoy the Emerald City with your students and perform in one of the west coast’s most beautiful cities. See the sparkling Puget Sound and the snow-capped peak of Mt. Rainier from the observation deck of the Space Needle. Complete your experience with an unforgettable awards ceremony at Tillicum Village on Blake Island including a Native American show and salmon bake.

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Your Seattle Heritage Festival package includes:
Performance in a national music festivalAwards ceremony, harbor cruise, and dinner show at Tillicum Village
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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!

Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Welcome to Seattle!
  • Space Needle Observation Deck (optional) Ride the elevator to the 520-foot observation deck. The needle provides a 360-degree vantage point from which to view the city and its surroundings. Displays of numerous Seattle sights and high-powered telescopes are available to help you locate each place.
  • Chihuly Gardens and Glass (optional) Seattle Center’s newest attraction is home to the work of internationally acclaimed artist Dale Chihuly. The Exhibition Hall, Glasshouse and lush Garden provide the most comprehensive collection of his work found in the world.
  • Experience Music Project Experience Music Project (EMP) celebrates and explores creativity and innovation as expressed through American popular music and exemplified by rock ‘n’ roll. EMP is a one-of-a-kind music museum combining interactive and interpretive exhibits to tell the story of the creative, innovative and rebellious expression that defines American popular music.
  • Hotel check-in
Day 2 Festival performances and check out the city
  • Pike's Place Market (optional) This busy market was established in 1907 and is one of the nation’s last true in-city farmer’s markets. Watch fishmongers wielding their fresh local catch; sample delectable local produce and baked goods, and delight in the sights and sounds that have made this colorful open-air marketplace Seattle’s most popular landmark. It’s a great place to find something of Seattle to take home with you.
  • 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.
  • Bill Speidel's Underground Tour (optional) Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour takes you beneath the streets of modern day Seattle and into the city’s hidden past. After the fire of 1889 the city was rebuilt on top of the ruins. This walking tour guides you through these passages to recreate Seattle’s rough and tumble past.
Day 3 Final performances and Awards Ceremony
  • 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.
  • Ride the Ducks Ride the Ducks of Seattle offers a unique look at Seattle by land and by sea in an authentic WWII landing craft. This 90-minute tour takes you on a narrated excursion of downtown Seattle before diving into the waters of Lake Union for a view of the Seattle skyline.
  • Awards Ceremony and Dinner Show Take a harbor cruise to Tillicum Village for your exclusive Awards Ceremony Dinner and Show
Day 4 Depart for home
  • Goodbye, Seattle! Depart for home, or stay an extra day or two! Our team can help you arrange travel or extra time in Seattle.

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