Day 1 :
Welcome to the Big Apple!
- Rockefeller Center (optional):
- Shop on 5th Avenue (optional):
- Radio City Music Hall (optional):
Visit this art deco landmark, learn about the Rockettes, see and hear the mighty Wurlitzer organ, and experience a unique view of Radio City on this behind-the-scenes tour.
- Top of the Rock (optional):
The observation deck atop the skyscraper in Rockefeller Center, dubbed “Top of the Rock”, is one of New York’s great landmarks. Built to resemble the deck of an ocean liner, Top of the Rock offers sightseers a fantastic view of the city. Learn more about the legacy of Rockefeller and the many events that take place in the plaza below.
- Hotel check-in:
Day 2 :
First performances and highlights of the city
- Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour (optional):
The statue of Liberty has long been the icon of New York City, symbolizing a new start for millions of immigrants. Tour the memorial and see the lady of the harbor for yourself.
- 9/11 Memorial and Museum (optional):
Don’t miss the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site to give your group a chance to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Visit the museum to learn about the men, women, and children who lost their lives that day. Reflect on this national tragedy and Americans’ resilience to come together and rebuild.
- First 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.
- Broadway Show (optional):
Our Destination Specialist team can help you pick out the perfect show for your group.
Day 3 :
Continued performances, Awards Ceremony, plus Circle Line Cruise
- Final festival 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.
- American History of Natural History (optional):
The American Museum of Natural History, located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City, is one of the largest and most celebrated museums in the world. Explore many exciting exhibits as you discover the earliest humans, see fossils that are thousands of years old, or learn about animals from around the world. View a Space Show in the planetarium, check out a collection of meteorites, or walk amongst ocean creatures in the Ocean Room.
- Awards Ceremony:
Celebrate with new friends and old at your exclusive Awards Ceremony at beautiful Riverside Church. Choirs, orchestras, and bands will be recognized for high scores within their class – plus standout individuals will be recognized for outstanding performances.
- Circle Line Cruise:
Enjoy dinner and dance the night away on your Circle Line Cruise around the city.
Day 4 :
Depart for home
- Bye, New York:
Depart for home, or stay an extra day or two! Our team can help you arrange travel or extra time in New York.