Washington, D.C., Heritage Festival

Washington, D.C., Heritage Festival

Players and singers perform in a city where history and music come together

Perform at the Washington, D.C., Heritage Festival! Join us in Washington, D.C., for an event where history and music come together. From the Potomac River to Embassy Row, Washington, D.C., is a classic city with engaging politics, world-class architecture, famous landmarks, and unique culture. The District of Columbia offers endless opportunities to learn about our nation’s musical history, including musical greats like John Philip Sousa and Roberta Flack.

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Package includes:
Performance in a national music festivalGuided city tour of famous sites, monuments, and memorialsGala awards ceremony, dinner, and dance
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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 our nation's capitol!
  • City Tour Take a tour of all the city has to offer - from sites you see in movies, to monuments and memorials.
  • Toby's Musical Theatre This fun dinner theatre is located in Columbia, MD. Ask your Destination Specialist about a possible performance prior to the show!
  • Hotel check-in
Day 2 Festival performances and explore the city
  • Smithsonian Museums With tons of options to choose from, explore these famed collections and exhibits before your festival performances.
  • 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.
  • Ford's Theatre Enjoy a show at this famed site.
Day 3 Continue festival 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.
  • Spy Museum (optional) Gain access to the world’s largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. Operation Spy Workshop: Join a live action spy adventure where you are the spy! Each group has one hour to locate a missing nuclear trigger before it ends up in the wrong hands. This is not an exhibit!
  • Newseum (optional) Voted one of the top things to do in D.C., the Newseum is often called the best experience Washington, D.C., has to offer. Enjoy seven levels of interactive exhibits that explore how the news affects our shared experience of historic moments. Plus, check out the 4-D movie and see what it’s like to record the news yourself. An absolute must-do!
  • Awards Ceremony Enjoy dinner, awards ceremony, and dance with all your new friends!
Day 4 Depart for home
  • Goodbye, D.C.! Depart for home, or stay an extra day or two! Our team can help you arrange travel or extra time in Washington, DC

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