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Meet Your Clinicians

Choral Clinicians: 

Donald Brinegar is Emeritus Professor of Music, and recently retired as the Coordinator of the Music Department and Director of Choral Studies at Pasadena City College and adjunct Professor of Graduate Choral Conducting at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Z. Randall Stroope is the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Oklahoma State University and conducts the Concert Chorale, Chamber Choir, and Women’s Chorus and coordinate the undergraduate and graduate choral conducting program.

Instrumental Clinicians:

Dr. Charles Laux is currently the Assistant Professor of String Music Education at Kennesaw State University. He holds degrees in music education from Ohio University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, with a minor in educational technology.

Dr. Michael Bankhead has recently retired as the Music Department Chair at Utah State University since 2011. Prior to this appointment, he was Director, School of Music, at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

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

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to our nation's capital!
  • Arrive in D.C. Arrive in Washington, D.C. and check in to hotel.
  • Keynote Address Join our clinicians and staff for the Keynote Address, followed by opening rehearsals at your host hotel.
  • First Honor Ensemble Rehearsal It's time for your first rehearsals! Honor Ensembles will break out into separate rehearsal rooms for practice with their group.
Day 2 Clinics with renowned music professionals
  • 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 free time Spend your evening free in Washington, D.C. 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 Explore DC
  • Honor Ensemble Rehearsals and Individual Ensemble Clinics Rehearsals and individual ensemble clinics will run on a set schedule (provided to you prior to the event) throughout the day at your host hotel.
  • Sightseeing during off-time Spend your evening free in Washington, D.C. Our expert Destination Specialist can book a group dinner, a show, and more for you and your ensemble at your request.
Day 4 Festival Performances and Encore Concert at Strathmore Music Center
  • Festival Performances Each group will take the stage for their festival performances at Strathmore Music 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 Strathmore Music Center. This culminating concert gives all ensembles center stage for the performance of a lifetime.
Day 5 Goodbye, Washington, D.C.!
  • Depart for Home Depart for home, or choose to stay in Washington, D.C., for as long as you like. Our Destination Specialist can book sightseeing tours, meals, and extra arrangements as needed.

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