• "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
  • "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
  • "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

At the Chicago Symphony Center
April 2-6, 2015

Thank you for considering the 5th Annual Chicago International Music Festival as your music performance tour in 2015. 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 Chicago Symphony Center in downtown Chicago – home to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

ENSEMBLES : High School and College Instrumental & Choral Groups.
DURATION: 5 days
ACCEPTANCE: 2 university and 4 high school ensembles. Entry by Audition Only.

Faculty to be announced

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, groups will have free time to explore the Chicago area.
Evening: Dinner on your own. The director will be required to attend the Director’s Orientation Meeting in the hotel. The rest of the evening is free!
DAY TWO: April 3, 2015 - Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concert
Breakfast on own. 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).
Lunch on your own. This afternoon or evening, attend a concert presented by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Symphony Center. – TBD Note: CSO tickets are subject to schedule & availability.
Evening: Dinner on your own, and the evening is free.
DAY THREE: April 4, 2015 - Workshops
Breakfast on own. 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).
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 FOUR: April 5, 2015 - 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: April 6, 2015 – 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 the Hampton Inn and Suites, Downtown Chicago
  • Hotel taxes and portage
  • Airport transfers for group and baggage in Chicago
  • One (1) 60 minute ensemble workshop with festival clinician at the Chicago Symphony Center
  • Sound check on stage at Chicago Symphony Center
  • Festival performance and written critiques at the Armour Stage, Chicago Symphony Center
  • One (1) Festival performance CD for director, Chicago Symphony Center house system
  • Large percussion as per the Director’s Packet
  • 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
  • Souvenir Festival mini-poster for each performing artist
  • Award plaque
  • Artist pass lanyard


Package Exclusions

  • Airfare (available through World Projects—see Air Travel Arrangements)
  • Meals –all lunches and dinners
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry, room service, Internet connection etc.)
  • 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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