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    California State University
    Fresno Symphony Orchestra
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    Director of Bands and Orchestra
    Murray State University, Kentucky
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    Executive Director
    Four Seasons Youth Orchestra

The 7th Annual


April 9 – 13, 2017 @ CHICAGO SYMPHONY CENTER

Thank you for considering the Chicago International Music Festival as your music performance tour in 2017. 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. Admission into the festival is based on audition only and is limited to four high school groups and one showcase university ensemble. We encourage groups of varying abilities to apply, as music education through live performance can be very beneficial to groups at various stages of development.

The Chicago International Music Festival will feature an outstanding faculty of music education professionals. Past choral faculty has included Jo Michael Scheibe – University of Southern California, Dr. James Jordan – Rider University, Geoffrey Boers – University of Washington, Dr. Heather Buchannan – Montclair State University, and Weston Noble – Professor Emeritus at Luther College. Instrumental faculty has included Dr. Glenn Price – University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, WASBE President Bert Alders, John Carnahan – California State University Long Beach, Dennis Johnson – Murray State University, William Johnson – Professor Emeritus from Cal Poly, Dr. Anthony Mazzaferro – Fullerton College, and Dr. Larry Sutherland – California State University Fresno.
Festival activities will include attending a performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (subject to ticket availability) and group workshops with festival faculty. The festival culminates with ensemble performances at the Chicago Symphony Center. One adjudicated ensemble will also be selected to work with a composer to develop a commissioned work that will be premiered at Chicago Symphony Center.
We hope you will join us as we celebrate musical excellence in the unique atmosphere of Chicago. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of further assistance in making this journey a reality for your group.

2017 Chicago International Music Festival

Schedule (Schedule subject to change)

DAY ONE: Sunday, April 9, 2017 – 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 Hampton Inn and Suites Chicago/Downtown (TBC). 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 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.

Evening: Dinner on your own, or it may be arranged through World Projects.

The rest of the evening is free!

DAY TWO: Monday, April 10, 2017 – CHICAGO (B) – Workshop

Enjoy a group workshop with a festival clinician in Buntrock Hall at Chicago Symphony Center. 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.

Afternoon: Lunch on your own, and this afternoon is free to enjoy Chicago.

Evening: Dinner is on your own.

You will have free time to enjoy the many attractions that Chicago has to offer!

DAY THREE: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 – CHICAGO (B) – Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concert

Morning: Breakfast at the hotel.

The day 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.

Afternoon: Lunch on your own.

Evening: Dinner on your own.

This evening, attend a concert presented by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Symphony Center.

Led by guest conductor Charles Dutoit, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra tackles Glinka’s Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila, Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, and Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B Minor.

Note: Subject to availability at time of ticketing.

DAY FOUR: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – CHICAGO (B) – Chicago Symphony Center Performance

Morning: Breakfast at the hotel.

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 to the hotel.

Afternoon: Lunch on your own. The afternoon is free.

Evening: Dinner on your own.

Meet in the lobby of the hotel in performance attire with instruments. Transfer to the Armour Stage, Chicago Symphony Center.

Perform in the Evening Adjudicated & Showcase Concert at Chicago Symphony Center. Following the concert is the Awards Ceremony.

Return to the hotel.

DAY FIVE: Thursday, April 13, 2017 – CHICAGO → H OM E (B)

Morning: Breakfast at the hotel.

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

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 Chicago/Downtown (TBC)
 Hotel taxes and portage
 Breakfast each morning at the hotel
 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 (archival use only)
 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

Package Exclusions

 Airfare (available through World Projects — see Air Travel Arrangements)
 All 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 call:

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

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

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