• Performing at the Band Shell in Central Park
  • Festival dinner and dance cruise on New York harbor
  • Band booster sign
  • Performance in local New York church
  • Workshop
  • "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
  • "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
  • "My wind ensemble was invited to the New York Wind Band Festival at Carnegie Hall. The combination of performances, open rehearsals, clinics, and historical sightseeing provided my ensemble with an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

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

At Carnegie Hall
April 9 - 13, 2016

Thank you for considering the New York International Music Festival as your music performance tour. Due to its success in previous years, we will continue to invite all performing ensembles (bands, orchestras, and choirs) to participate, allowing entire music departments the opportunity to share the excitement of performing in a world-class venue together.

2016 New York International Music Festival

ENSEMBLES: Outstanding High School and College Groups
DURATION: 5 days & 4 Nights in New York City
ACCEPTANCE: 2 university and 6 High school ensembles by audition only

FESTIVAL FACULTY: Dr. Lawrence Sutherland, Artistic Director

DAY ONE: Saturday, April 9, 2016 – ARRIVE INTO NEW YORK CITY!

Groups arriving at one of the area’s airports will be met by a World Projects staff member who will direct you to your coaches. Transfer to a Midtown Manhattan hotel - TBC). Groups arriving by coach will be met at the hotel by a World Projects staff member, who will assist with check-in. Groups arriving before the hotel’s check-in time will have lunch on own and may choose to take a tour of the city this morning (additional costs on own).
Situated in the Midtown area of Manhattan, the festival hotel is within easy walking distance to Times Square, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, and some of the most amazing restaurants and shopping known on the planet! The Midtown
area includes the Theatre District, the Diamond District, the Garment District, and major television studios.

Afternoon: Group arrivals. After checking in, groups will have free time to explore the Times Square area.
Evening: Dinner on own, or it may be arranged through World Projects. The director will be required to attend the Director’s Orientation Meeting in the hotel. The rest of the evening is free!
DAY TWO: Sunday, April 10, 2016 – NEW YORK CITY (D) – Outdoor Performance / Festival Dinner Cruise

Breakfast on your own in the vicinity of the hotel.
Enjoy a group workshop with a Festival clinician (location TBC). The showcase ensembles will have rehearsals.

Afternoon: Lunch on your own.
Evening: This evening is free with dinner on own. Tonight may be the ideal night to enjoy dinner as a group and a Broadway Show. World Projects is happy to help with arranging group dinners at area restaurants as well as booking tickets for current Broadway Shows (additional costs apply).


DAY THREE: Monday, April 11, 2016 – NEW YORK CITY – Workshop

Breakfast on your own in the vicinity of the hotel. This
morning, groups will be transported to the outdoor
performance venue (possibly the Central Park Bandshell
or Battery Park – TBC – weather permitting).


Enjoy your outdoor “pops-style” performance! Return
to the hotel. You will have some free time for lunch on
own and to explore the Times Square area or enjoy a
group sightseeing activity.
Possibly explore beyond Midtown to neighborhoods such
as Harlem, Chinatown, Greenwich Village, or Little Italy.
Visit the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the 9/11
Memorial, or enjoy the exhibits of world class museums
such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American
Museum of Natural History, or the Guggenheim (all
additional costs on own).


Meet in the lobby and load coaches for the Festival
Dinner Cruise! Eat, dance to DJ music, and enjoy the
sights (including a stunning view of the Statue of Liberty)
as you cruise along the Hudson River with other Festival
participants. Following the cruise, load coaches and
return to the hotel.

DAY FOUR: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 – NEW YORK CITY – Carnegie Hall Performance

Breakfast on your own in the vicinity of the hotel. Groups performing in the afternoon will meet
in the lobby of the hotel in performance attire with instruments. Arrive at Carnegie Hall for your group sound check. Following your sound check, store instruments in your warm up room.
Lunch on own in the area.

Afternoon: Return to Carnegie Hall for the Afternoon Adjudicated Concert in Isaac Stern Auditorium! Groups performing in the evening will have their sound checks in the late afternoon.
Evening: Dinner on own in the area. Arrive back at Carnegie Hall for the Evening Showcase Concert in the Isaac Stern Auditorium! Following the concert is the Awards Ceremony. Return to the hotel.
DAY FIVE: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 – NEW YORK CITY - HOME
Morning: Breakfast on own. Most groups will be leaving New York City today. If your schedule allows, try to fit in some last minute sightseeing, shopping, or dining.

 Thank you for participating in the New York International Music Festival!

Festival Includes:

  • One gratis ground package for your staff for every 20 paid participants (based on double occupancy)
  • Four nights accommodation at the Hilton, New York
  • Hotel taxes and portage New York room occupancy tax
  • Airport transfers for group and baggage in New York
  • Coach transfers to Festival Outdoor Concert Series and Dinner Cruise
  • One (1) 60 minute ensemble workshop with festival clinician (adjudicated groups) OR one (1) 60 minute ensemble rehearsal for showcase group
  • Sound check on stage at Carnegie Hall
  • Festival performance and written critiques at Carnegie Hal
  • Ticket to both afternoon and evening Festival concerts at Carnegie Hall
  • One (1) Festival performance CD for director, Carnegie house system
  • Outdoor "Pops-style" performance (venue TBC)
  • 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
  • Festival dinner/dance cruise
  • Official Festival t-shirt
  • Official Festival souvenir program - Playbill
  • Festival registration fees
  • Large festival poster for each group
  • Group Award plaque
  • Official Festival photographer at Carnegie Hall (prints not included – each ensemble will receive a disc of images taken during its sound check on stage at Carnegie Hall)
  • Artist pass lanyard

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 baggage storage charges at the hotel (for arrivals before 4:00pm or departures after 12:00 noon)
  • Additional instrument rentals (World Projects can arrange rentals at additional costs)
  • Additional sightseeing excursions (World Projects can arrange a variety of New York City sightseeing activities which are presented as Optional Sightseeing Activities in the Director’s Packet)
  • Tickets to Broadway shows
  • Group transfers to non-festival events


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