Music Festivals Stories

Adjudicator Perspective: How To Prepare For Your Festival Performance

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Planning a festival should be a fun and rewarding experience. At WorldStrides OnStage, we take care of every single detail so our directors can focus on the most important part – the music! Adjudicated festival performance can feel intimidating, so we talked to several of…

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How To Combat Stage Fright

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You’re preparing for your festival, but your students – maybe even you! – are starting to feel the effects of stage fright! Simply put, stage fright is performance anxiety. Those with performance anxiety will often focus on the worst case scenarios, worry about failure, and…

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50 Years: Clayton Jensen – From OnStage Performing to Behind the Scenes Coordinating

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WorldStrides is celebrating 50 years as the leader in student travel by sharing the stories that have shaped our company’s past and will propel us into the future. Throughout the year, we will highlight stories from our history, many of the people who have made…

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Meet Our 2017 Inauguration Heritage Festival Adjudicators

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The Inauguration Heritage Festival only happens every four years. On January 20, 2017, students have the opportunity to be in the nation’s capital for this historic event, then perform at an adjudicated festival! At our 2017 Inauguration Heritage festival, students will perform before a panel…

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Meet Dr. Aaron Smith of the United States Naval Academy

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Students performing at our Annapolis Exhibition Music Festival are in for a special treat. They will receive tickets to a concert at the United States Naval Academy. Dr. Aaron Smith, Director of Musical Activities at the USNA, is an accomplished musician in his own right,…

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International Music Festival Helps Choral Program Become Powerhouse

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Erin McShane has built a powerhouse choral program in Union City, California. Starting with a small, beginner-level choir, she has become well respected for her superior and eclectic groups capable of tackling college level and professional works. Erin credits traveling with her choir to international…

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Jenkintown High School Chorus Performs at Annapolis Music Festival, Lincoln Memorial & George Mason University

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When Fred Eyrich, Music Director at Jenkintown High School in Pennsylvania, considered traveling with his band to a national music festival, he knew it would be a powerful experience for his group. His entire school district consists of just over 600 students, but the participation…

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