Williamsburg Heritage Festival

Perform at the Williamsburg Heritage Festival! Experience the past at one of our most popular East Coast festivals! Costumed interpreters will help you explore this 18th century American town, you’ll hear speeches from famous patriots, and stroll through the streets of the Virginia Colony on the cusp of revolution. See the Fifes and Drums, boys and girls ages 10-18 who, like your students, carry on the musical tradition of America. Then, head to Busch Gardens® for some fun, relaxation, and roller coasters!

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Your Williamsburg Heritage Festival package includes:
Performance in a national music festivalColonial Williamsburg Self-Explorer study visitAwards ceremony and meal voucher to Busch Gardens® theme parkSaturday admission to Busch Gardens®
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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 Colonial Williamsburg
  • Colonial Williamsburg Self-Explorer Study Visit A self-guided tour of an area so rich in history! Your ticket gets you into buildings where costumed townsfolk are living and working as they did during the colonial era. Upgraded tickets that get you into the Governor’s Mansion are available for purchase as are guided tours of Colonial Williamsburg.
  • Hotel check-in
Day 2 Festival performances and check out the city
  • Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center (optional) Witness The End of Colonial America! Located within musket range of the battlefield, the Yorktown Victory Center re-creates a Continental Army encampment complete with sleeping quarters, supply tents, cooking fires and more. Listen to historical interpreters describe and depict daily life of American soldiers at the end of the war. A re-created 1780s farm complete with a house, kitchen, tobacco barn, crop fields, and herb and vegetable garden, shows how many Americans lived in the decade following the Revolution.
  • 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.
  • American Rover Dinner Cruise (optional) Many different cruises offered- Naval Base Cruises aboard the Victory Rover, Harbor Cruises, Student Party Cruises aboard the Victory Rover or the American Rover’s Tall Ship Cruises!
Day 3 Continue festival performances and Awards Ceremony
  • Final performances Festival performances will continue throughout the morning. 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.
  • Busch Gardens Theme Park Your package includes day-passes to this theme park offering a fanciful recreation of Old World Europe. You’ll find spectacular shows, thrilling rides and dazzling entertainment plus restaurants and shops.
  • Awards Ceremony The park is also the host for your awards ceremony!
Day 4 Depart for home
  • Goodbye, Williamsburg! Depart for home, or stay an extra day or two! Our team can help you arrange travel or extra time in Williamsburg.

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