• "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
  • "Just a note to tell you what a fabulous time I had at the festival two weeks ago!  The World Projects team did a fantastic job organizing and producing the event.  I have become a WP fan!”


    Dr. Elena Sharkova
    Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
    San Jose, CA
  • "World Projects makes the goal attainable and, with care and infinite attention to detail, manages all the logistics, making the journey one of leaning and joyous music making without the headaches usually associated with complex international tours.  Siam Sinfonietta intends to work with this highly experienced organization for many years to come."

    Somtow Sucharitkul
    Artistic Director of Opera Siam International


April 13 - 17, 2017 @ KENNEDY CENTER for the PERFORMING ARTS

Thank you for considering the Washington DC International Music Festival as your music performance tour in 2017. Due to the popularity and success of our combined instrumental and choral festival in Washington, DC, we continue to invite bands, orchestras, and choirs to audition, allowing schools the opportunity to present their entire music departments in one phenomenal event.

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 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Admission into the festival is based on audition only and is limited to three high school groups and one showcase university ensemble.

The Washington DC International Music Festival will feature an outstanding faculty of music professionals. Instrumental faculty at past World Projects events has included composer Johan de Meij, Terry Austin from Virginia Commonwealth University, Thomas Root from Weber State University, and Steven Williams from Sydney, Australia. Past World Projects choral events have included Weston Noble, Professor Emeritus from Luther College, Geoffrey Boers from the University of Washington, and Andre Thomas from Florida State University. Dennis Johnson, past WASBE president and Director of Instrumental Studies at Murray State University, serves as the 2017 Festival Artistic Director.

Festival activities will include an outdoor performance in Washington DC, a dinner dance/cruise along the Potomac River, and a workshop with Festival faculty. The Festival culminates with ensemble performances in the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center. One adjudicated ensemble will also be selected to work with a composer to develop a commissioned work that will be premiered at the Kennedy Center.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of further assistance in making this journey a reality for your group. We hope you will join us in 2017 as we celebrate musical excellence in the unique atmosphere of Washington DC!

2017 Washington D.C. International Music Festival Schedule

(Schedule subject to change)

DAY ONE: Thursday, April 13, 2017 - ARRIVE INTO WASHINGTON DC!

Afternoon: Groups arriving at one of the area’s airports will be met by a World Projects staff member who will assist with loading the coaches. Transfer to a Washington DC area hotel (likely in nearby Arlington, Virginia). Groups arriving before the hotel’s check-in time (~4:00pm) 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. After checking in, the Director will be given a brief Festival Orientation. Groups will have free time to explore the nation’s capital.

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

DAY TWO: Friday, April 14, 2017 – Washington DC AreaWorkshop

Morning: Breakfast on your own in the vicinity of the hotel. This morning, groups will be transported to the outdoor performance venue (possibly the Lincoln, Jefferson, or WWII Memorial – weather permitting).

Afternoon: Enjoy your outdoor performance! Return to the hotel. You will have some free time for lunch on own and to explore the Washington, DC area for the remainder of the afternoon and evening.

Perhaps your group would enjoy a tour of the beautiful memorials surrounding the Washington Mall or visit one of the nineteen Smithsonian museums. You may also wish to arrange for a tour of the Capitol, National Archives, or Library of Congress.

Evening: Dinner on your own and the rest of the evening is free.

DAY THREE: Saturday, April 15 2017 - WASHINGTON DC (D) – Workshop

Morning: Breakfast on your own in the vicinity of the hotel. Enjoy a group workshop with a Festival clinician this morning or afternoon.

Afternoon: Lunch on your own, and the rest of the day is free. Perhaps your group would enjoy a tour of the stately Mount Vernon, home of George Washington, and Old Town Alexandria can also be arranged by World Projects.

Evening: Meet in the lobby of the hotel and load coaches. You will transfer to the pier for a dinner cruise on the Potomac River! Enjoy meeting fellow festival participants while viewing the stunning Capital City from a completely different vantage point! Following the cruise, board coaches and return to the hotel.

DAY FOUR: Sunday, April 16, 2017 - WASHINGTON DC – Kennedy Center Performance

Morning: Breakfast on your own in the vicinity of the hotel.

The morning is free for sightseeing.

Afternoon: Lunch on own. Mid-afternoon, return to the hotel and change into performance attire. Load instruments onto coaches and transfer to the Kennedy Center for your group sound check. Following your sound check, store instruments in your warm up room.

Evening: Dinner on own in the area. Return to the Kennedy Center for the evening adjudicated and showcase concert. Following the concert is the Awards Ceremony.

Pack up your instruments and return to the hotel.

DAY FIVE: Monday, April 17, 2017 - WASHINGTON DC → HOME

Morning: Breakfast on your own. Groups will be departing today. If your schedule allows, try to fit in some last minute sightseeing or shopping.

Thank you for participating in the Washington DC International Music Festival!

Package Inclusions

 One gratis ground package for your staff for every 20 paid participants (based on double occupancy)

 Four nights’ accommodation at a Washington DC area hotel (likely in Northern Virginia)

 Hotel & Room occupancy taxes

 Airport transfers for group and baggage in Washington DC area

 Coach transfers to Festival Outdoor Concert Series, Dinner Cruise, and the Kennedy Center

 One (1) 60 minute ensemble workshop with festival clinician (or 60 minute rehearsal for showcase groups)

 Sound check on stage at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

 Festival performance and recorded critiques at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

 One (1) Festival performance CD for director (archival use only)

 Outdoor “Pops-style” performance (venue TBC)

 Festival dinner/dance cruise

 Official Festival t-shirt

 Official Festival souvenir program - Playbill

 Festival registration fees

 Access to all Festival concerts and events

 Large Festival Artwork Poster for each group

 Group Award plaque

 Official Festival photographer at Kennedy Center (prints not included)

 Artist pass lanyard

 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

Package Exclusions

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

 Meals (other than dinner cruise)

 Items of a personal nature (laundry, room service, internet connection fees, etc.)

 Any hotel fees associated with baggage storage

 Additional instrument rentals (World Projects can arrange rentals at additional costs)

 Additional sightseeing excursions (World Projects can arrange a variety of Washington DC sightseeing

activities which are presented as Optional Sightseeing Activities in the Director’s Packet)

 Group transfers to non-festival events


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