Welcome to the “Big Apple”!
Consisting of five boroughs and home to over eight million people, New York is the most densely populated city in the United States. A leading global city, New York exerts a powerful influence over worldwide commerce, finance, culture, fashion, and entertainment. As host to the United Nations Headquarters, the city is also an important center for international affairs.
Some of the most talented performers in the world grace New York’s Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Broadway stages each year. The city has long been a thriving home for the jazz, rock, and blues genres, and it is the birthplace of hip hop, freestyle, and disco.
Perform in the city’s lovely venues, exchange with local ensembles, and meet people from across the country and abroad. There is something for everyone in the “city that never sleeps!” Enjoy a concert tour of New York City, and let yourself be immersed in all the city has to offer as you share your music with local people.
Welcome to New York City!
Enjoy an introduction to New York with a guided tour of Manhattan, including bustling Wall Street, the poignant National September 11 Memorial, and the iconic Rockefeller Center.
Conclude your tour in Times Square, New York’s busiest intersection. The energy of midtown Manhattan, with its brilliant Broadway marquees, enormous digital billboards, and flashing neon lights, will set the pace for an exciting tour.
Check in to your hotel and take time to relax and refresh.
Rehearsal can be arranged this afternoon.
Tonight, a welcome dinner is served as your tour manager previews the days ahead.
Begin your first full day in New York City with a ferry excursion to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Poised at the entrance of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty was the first sight for many immigrants as they approached Ellis Island in pursuit of the American dream.
This afternoon, perform a concert at the United Nations Headquarters. Perform for an appreciative audience of international dignitaries and visitors alike in the lobby of the United Nations Visitor Center.
Next, a visit to one of the city’s world-class museums can be arranged. Choose the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, or the American Museum of Natural History.
This morning, perform during mass at one of the city’s stunning churches such as the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, or the St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Later, perform a friendship concert alongside a local host ensemble.
Conclude the day in Rockefeller Center with a visit to the “Top of the Rock,” an observation deck providing stunning views of New York City at night. Soar 70 floors above the city, and admire its spectacular skyline from a series of indoor and outdoor viewing terraces.
Spend the morning at a customized Broadway workshop during which you will learn a song and dance from a current and popular Broadway show under the instruction of one of its cast members. Master a show tune’s music, lyrics, choreography, and blocking in a rehearsal atmosphere.
Next, attend a Broadway matinee that may feature the cast members who conducted your morning workshop.
This evening, a festive farewell dinner is served to your ensemble at a local establishment such as the famous John’s Pizzeria, serving coal-fired brick-oven pizza in the heart of the theater district.
Enjoy a stroll through Central Park, New York’s green oasis spanning over 840 acres. A guided walking tour of Chinatown or Harlem can also be arranged this morning.
Return home with wonderful memories of your concert tour.
UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS
The United Nations Headquarters sits on 17 acres along the East River of midtown Manhattan. Constructed in 1949 and 1950, this distinctive complex has served as the organization’s official headquarters since its completion. Though located in New York City, the land it occupies is considered international territory. The United Nations was created with a mission to reaffirm faith in fundamental rights, promote social progress, and save succeeding generations from the scourge of war; representatives from all over the world congregate here to conduct business and work toward their ultimate goal of peace. The United Nations Headquarters welcomes visiting ensembles to perform in its Visitor Center. Share your music with an audience comprised of both tourists and dignitaries from all over the world, and experience firsthand how music is the universal language.
CHURCH OF ST. MARY THE VIRGIN
The Church of St. Mary the Virgin is a magnificent Episcopal Anglo-Catholic church located dating back to the 1890s. Located just steps from the hustle and bustle of Times Square, its calm interior offers contrast to the liveliness of midtown Manhattan outside. Noted as an excellent example of the Gothic-inspired architecture of New York's late 19th century, the church was designated a New York City Landmark in 1989 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. Due to the use of incense during its services, the church is fondly referred to as "Smoky Mary's." The Church of St. Mary the Virgin's music department hosts visiting ensembles to perform sacred concerts or to perform during morning worship services.
FRIENDSHIP CONCERTS IN NEW YORK CITY
Our friendship concerts are a featured experience on our tours and are at the heart of our mission to foster cultural connections through music. We benefit from a vast international network in the choral world built over our thirty years' experience of helping choirs share their music both in the United States and abroad. Your choir will share a venue and a concert program with a host choir from the region. Your singers will have the chance to hear their host choir's repertoire (often showcasing local musical styles) and to share your own repertoire in turn. Fellowship time usually follows the friendship concert, giving both choirs the chance to mingle and enjoy the camaraderie of creating cross-cultural connections through a shared love of music.
CUSTOMIZED BROADWAY WORKSHOPS IN NEW YORK CITY
Enhance your performance tour of New York City with a customized, interactive Broadway workshop. Your workshop will be tailored to suit your ensemble's needs; choose from a vocal, band, orchestra, musical theater, dance, or acting focus. Your ensemble will be paired with a professional Broadway musician who will share backstage anecdotes, industry insights, and his or her journey to the stage while working with your ensemble to provide a fresh perspective on a piece from their current or past repertoire. A customized Broadway workshop is an excellent opportunity for ensemble members to sharpen skills while interacting with and receiving feedback from talented Broadway professionals.