Performing Arts: Philadelphia Heritage Festival

OnStage in Germany and Austria
Experience the Philadelphia Heritage Festival, an exciting opportunity for choirs, bands, and orchestras from around the world to showcase their music and perform in the City of Brotherly Love. Spend your free time exploring the birthplace of liberty, the cheesesteak sandwich, and Rocky Balboa. Spook yourself with a historical ghost tour, then visit Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center for a hands-on history lesson.
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Day 1 Hello Philadelphia
National Constitution Center visit
Hotel check-in after 4pm
Details: AIM Experience master class
Start the weekend off on the right note with your own customized master class - the AIM Experience. Spend 60-90 minutes with a professional clinician perfecting your festival performance, fine tuning your skills, and reaffirming your classroom teachings.
Day 2 First day of festival performances
Ghost Tour
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
Philadelphia guided sightseeing tour
Independence Hall visitLiberty Bell Center visitBen Franklin's graveElfreth's AlleyFriendship Meeting House
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: Philadelphia guided sightseeing tour
The names of its residents alone would be enough to draw anyone to Philadelphia: Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman. Explore "America's most historic square mile" with a local licensed guide and see where the founding myths of America were created. Independence Hall saw the signing of both the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, which was read in public for the first time after the ringing of the Liberty Bell on July 8, 1776. The Bell itself now rests in its own pavilion, where it is rung every Independence Day.
Details: Liberty Bell Center visit
See the bell that symbolizes one of the founding principles of the United States. The Liberty Bell was last rung on George Washington’s birthday in 1846 before its now-famous crack turned it into a silent reminder of what the United States stands for. Visit the centre where the bell is housed; see video presentations and exhibits focusing on its origins, history and modern day role in the US.
Details: Exclusive awards ceremony
Celebrate with friends, new and old, at your festival's exclusive awards ceremony!
Day 4 Goodbye Philadelphia
Travel home
Tour Includes:
  • Round-trip transportation
  • 3 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms
  • 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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