• Workshop
  • Ice Skating Rink at Rockefeller Center
  • Visit Times Square
  • Festival dinner and dance cruise on New York harbor
  • "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
  • "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

At Carnegie Hall
June 13 - 17, 2015

Thank you for considering the New York “Sounds of Summer” International Music Festival as your music performance tour in 2015.  This will be the second annual concert for the NYSSF; its success will be credited to fine musical ensembles that look for the best performance experience possible, and we strive to provide just that.

2015 New York “Sounds of Summer” 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


DAY ONE: Saturday, June 13, 2015 – ARRIVE INTO NEW YORK CITY!
TBD: 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,  June 14, 2015 - NEW YORK CITY – Workshop
Morning: Breakfast on your own in the vicinity of the hotel. Enjoy a group workshop with a Festival clinician (location TBC).
Afternoon: Lunch on your own in the Times Square area. This will be the best opportunity to attend a Broadway Show (Matinee).  World Projects will gladly assist you in purchasing group tickets to available shows (TBC).
Evening: Dinner on own or it may be arranged through World Projects. Explore the Times Square area in chaperoned groups.
DAY THREE: Monday, June 15, 2015 – NEW YORK CITY (D) – Outdoor Performance
Morning: 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).
Afternoon: 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).
Evening: 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, June 16, 2015 – NEW YORK CITY – Carnegie Hall Performance
Morning: Breakfast on your own in the vicinity of the hotel. Free-time for sightseeing.
Afternoon: Lunch on your own in the Times Square area Groups will meet in the lobby of the hotel in performance attire with instruments.  Arrive at Carnegie Hall for your group sound check.  Secure instruments in your warm up areas.
Evening: Enjoy dinner on your own in the Times Square area or nearby. Arrive back at Carnegie Hall for the Evening Concert in the Isaac Stern Auditorium!  Following the concert is the Awards Ceremony.  Return to the hotel.
DAY FIVE: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - NEW YORK CITY to 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 “Sounds of Summer” 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 a Midtown Manhattan hotel (TBC)
  • Hotel taxes, 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 OR one (1) 60 minute ensemble rehearsal
  • Sound check on stage at Carnegie Hall
  • Festival performance at Carnegie Hall
  • Ticket to the evening Festival concert at Carnegie Hall
  • One (1) Festival performance CD for director, Carnegie house system
  • Outdoor “Pops-style” performance (venue TBC)
  • Large percussion/piano as per the Director’s Packet
  • Festival dinner/dance cruise
  • Official Festival t-shirt
  • Official Festival souvenir program - Playbill
  • Festival registration fees
  • Souvenir Festival mini-poster for each performing artist
  • Group 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 Projectssee Air Travel Arrangements)
  • Meals (other than dinner cruise)
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry, room service, internet connection fees, etc.)
  • 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

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 World Projects at: 1-800-922-3976

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