• "Having worked with World Projects for over 20 years, and knowing the new staff as well as I do, I can, without reservation, encourage any director to travel with World Projects.  They will be well taken care of.”


    Dr. Lawrence Sutherland
    California State University
    Fresno Symphony Orchestra
  • "It is both this attention to detail and the consideration for individual needs that sets World Projects apart. No problem was too big or small for their attention."



    Kathy Davis
    Executive Director
    Four Seasons Youth Orchestra
  • "What a thrill it was to bring my Symphony Orchestra to the windy city for the inaugural World Projects Festival to not only hear the Chicago Symphony perform in historic Symphony Center, but two days later to conduct my orchestra in that same venue.  My students are still talking about that amazing experience."

    Dr. Dennis Johnson
    Director of Bands and Orchestra
    Murray State University, Kentucky

At the Chicago Symphony Center
March 24-28, 2016

Thank you for considering the Chicago International Music Festival as your music performance tour in
2016. We know that you are looking for the best performance experience possible for your ensemble, and we
strive to provide just that.

It is our mission to present young musicians with an experience that offers the opportunity for musical growth while creating lasting memories.  To enhance this experience, the performance venue chosen for the festival is the prestigious Armour Stage at the Chicago Symphony Center in downtown Chicago – home to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

ENSEMBLES : High School and College Instrumental & Choral Groups.
DURATION: 5 days
ACCEPTANCE: 1 university and 4 high school ensembles. Entry by Audition Only.

Faculty to be announced

DAY ONE: Thursday, March 24, 2016 – ARRIVE INTO CHICAGO!
Morning: Groups arriving at one of the area airports will be met by a World Projects representative who will assist with loading the coaches.  Transfer to the Festival Hotel TBD.  Groups arriving before the hotel’s check-in time may choose to take a tour of the city this morning (cost on own).  Groups arriving by coach will be met at the hotel by a World Projects staff member, who will also assist with check-in.
Afternoon: Group arrivals.  After checking in, the Director will be given a brief Festival Orientation. Groups will have free time to explore the Chicago area.

Dinner on your own, or it may be arranged through World Projects. The rest of the evening is free!  

DAY TWO: Friday, March 25, 2016 - Workshops

Breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy a group workshop with a festival clinician at the hotel or other venue this morning or afternoon.
The rest of the day will be free to enjoy Chicago.

World Projects will be happy to arrange optional sightseeing activities and/or meals for your group (additional costs apply). Possible sightseeing activities include but are not limited to:

  • An Architecture Cruise along the Chicago River – learn about the history of Chicago through its diverse architecture.
  • Shedd Aquarium – Explore different galleries and exhibits of aquatic habitats!
  • Adler Planetarium – Enjoy a unique Sky show using immersive technology.
Lunch on your own, and this afternoon is free to enjoy Chicago.

Dinner is on your own. You will have free time to enjoy the many attractions that Chicago has to offer!

DAY THREE: Saturday, March 26, 2016 - Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concert

Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is free to explore Chicago.

World Projects will be happy to arrange optional sightseeing activities and/or meals for your group (additional costs apply).  Possible sightseeing activities include but are not limited to:

  • The Field Museum – home to SUE, the largest, most extensive and best preserved T-Rex ever found!
  • The Museum of Science and Industry, which houses the U-505 – a WWII era Nazi submarine.  Discover its mysteries!
  • 360 Chicago – Enjoy panoramic views of the Chicago skyline from 360 Chicago (formally the John Hancock building.

Lunch on your own.

This evening, attend a concert presented by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Symphony Center, program and schedule TBD.

Note: CSO tickets are subject to schedule and availability.


Dinner on your own and the evening is free.

DAY FOUR: Sunday, March 27, 2016 - Chicago Symphony Center Performance
Breakfast on own. The morning is free to explore Chicago.
Lunch on your own. Meet in the lobby of the hotel in performance attire with
instruments. Transfer to the Armour Stage, Chicago Symphony Center for your group sound check. After your sound check return instruments to your warm up areas.
Dinner on your own. Evening Adjudicated & Showcase Concert
at Chicago Symphony Center. Following the concert is the Awards Ceremony
DAY FIVE: Monday, March 28, 2016 – CHICAGO → HOME
Morning: Breakfast on own. Most groups will be leaving Chicago today. If your schedule allows, try to fit in some last minute sightseeing, shopping, or dining.

Thank you for participating in the Chicago International Music Festival!

Package Inclusions

  • One gratis ground package for your staff for every 20 paid participants (based on double occupancy)
  • Four (4) nights’ accommodation at a Downtown Chicago hotel (TBC)
  • Hotel taxes and portage
  • Airport transfers for group and baggage in Chicago
  • Coach transfers to Chicago Symphony Center
  • One (1) 60 minute ensemble workshop with festival clinician
  • Sound check on stage at Chicago Symphony Center
  • Festival performance and recorded critiques at the Armour Stage, Chicago Symphony Center
  • One (1) Festival performance CD for director, Chicago Symphony Center house system
  • Large instruments & equipment as noted:
  • Conductor’s Podium, Piano/Keyboard, Two (2) String Basses, Timpani (set of 4), Concert Bass Drum, Marimba, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Chimes (Tubular Bells), Orchestra Bells (Glockenspiel), Gong
  • Ticket to a concert at the Chicago Symphony Center (TBC – subject to ticket availability)
  • Official Festival t-shirt
  • Official Festival souvenir program
  • Festival registration fees
  • Access to all Festival concerts and events
  • Large Festival Artwork Poster for each group
  • Group award plaque
  • Artist pass lanyard
  • Director’s Packet

Package Exclusions

  • Airfare (available through World Projects — see Air Travel Arrangements)
  • Meals
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry, room service, internet connection etc.)
  • Additional instrument rentals (World Projects can arrange rentals at additional costs)
  • Additional sightseeing excursions (World Projects can arrange a variety of Chicago sightseeing activities which are presented as Optional Sightseeing Activities in the Director’s Packet)
  • Group transfers to non-festival events

CLICK HERE to download the Prospectus for complete details and how to apply, or

International clients call World Projects at: 1-707-556-5885

United States clients call World Projects at: 1-800-922-3976

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