Performing Arts: New York City Heritage Festival

Our New York City Heritage Festival is one of our most sought-after events, as the festival is held at the historic Riverside Church on the upper west side of Manhattan. Performances take place either in the Nave, the main sanctuary of the church, or the South Hall. You’ll love the mix of old and new in bustling New York City!
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Day 1 Arrival in New York City
Hotel check-in after 4pm
Day 2 First day of festival performances
Details: Festival performances
Please note performances will take place either on Friday or Saturday. Each ensemble will have 30-35 minutes on stage. A panel of three adjudicators will provide written and recorded feedback for each performance. Following your performance, a select adjudicator will conduct a clinic on stage with your group, providing valuable feedback and reinforcement for your classroom teachings. Groups will also have the opportunity to participate as an audience for other groups competing – giving your ensemble exposure to their peers.
Day 3 Continue festival performances
Details: Continue festival performances
Festival performances will continue throughout the day. Your performance time will be given to you weeks before the event, so you can plan your day accordingly.
Details: Riverside Church awards ceremony
Celebrate with new friends and old at your exclusive awards ceremony at beautiful Riverside Church. Choirs, orchestras, and bands will be recognized for high scores within their class- plus standout individuals will be recognized for outstanding performances.
Details: Circle Line Cruise dinner and dance
Enjoy dinner and dance the night away on your Circle Line Cruise around the city.
Day 4 Departure for home!
Travel home
Map of the New York City Heritage Festival tour
Tour Includes:
  • Round-trip transportation
  • 3 overnight stays in hotels
  • Breakfast daily (except arrival day)
  • Dinner daily (except departure day)
  • Entrances and transportation to sites and activities described in your itinerary
  • Internationally acclaimed adjudicators
  • Meaningful awards and trophies
  • Gift for the director
  • Commemorative pin for each student
  • Free academic credit for students
  • Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa. Please visit our Fees FAQ page for a full list of items that may not be included in the cost of your tour.

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