Welcome, Orchestra Directors!

IMG_2196 From regional festivals at destinations like Anaheim and Chicago to elite opportunities at Carnegie Hall, WorldStrides Heritage Performance programs offers the kind of instrumental competition, adjudication, and top-notch venues you can’t find anywhere else. WorldStrides Heritage Performance programs provides students and directors with the once-in-a-lifetime moments that span from the first note to the standing ovation and beyond.

At every festival, you’ll take the stage before a panel of three adjudicators who are experts in orchestral performance. Following your performance, one of these passionate music professionals will join you on stage to deliver a mini-clinic, giving you immediate and personal feedback that will compliment, congratulate, and critique your concert.

Starting the moment you decide to travel, you will have a personal team of dedicated staff members supporting you every step of the way. From securing your hotel and transportation logistics to recommending and booking exciting activities in your festival location, we’re dedicated to providing an incredible festival experience for you and your students.

Your ensemble will learn and grow closer together during this exciting adventure that combines travel with musical performance. To thank you for offering your students this amazing opportunity, WorldStrides Heritage Performance is proud to offering traveling directors exciting rewards.

  • Travel free with a minimum number of full-paying participants
  • Learn from nationally renowned adjudicators as they share techniques for inspiring and coaching student performers
  • Build a tradition of performance travel at your school that expands your music program by recruiting and retaining top talent
  • Earn rewards in the form of scholarships or airline tickets
  • Benefit from sharing your experience with your peers with referral incentives
  • Advance your teaching career with free professional development and low-cost graduate credit
  • Receive free audio files and a supplementary “textbook” (Discovery Journal) to enhance student learning
  • Membership in to our Director’s Club


As your partner in music education, we provide valuable and inspiring learning opportunities at every festival performance. Our roster of nationally-renowned adjudicators, among the very best music educators in the country, ensures that your students have a superior educational experience. They believe, just as much as you, in the power of music.

Members of this talented team include Donald Brinegar, Jennifer Judkins, Stan Michalski, and Patrick Patton, to name a few. At every festival, each adjudicator delivers much more than a critique of your students’ performance – they share a passionate dialogue on topics like technique, rhythm, instruction, confidence, and style. You will also be provided with each adjudicator’s taped and written notes of your group’s performance, so you can reference these when your group returns home and help your ensemble grow and improve.

Past adjudicators include:


Dr. Peter Loel Boonshaft

Currently on the faculty of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where he is Professor of Music and Director of Bands. He is Conductor of the Hofstra University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, professor of conducting and music education, and Director of the graduate wind conducting program.

Andrew H. Dabczynski

Professor of Music Education at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he is also the director of the BYU New Horizons Orchestra, a beginning string orchestra for adults and laboratory for string teacher training.

Gary W. Hill

Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Arizona State University where he conducts the Wind Symphony and the Chamber Winds, teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting, and is director of the Digital Conducting Laboratory.

Anthony Maiello

Mr. Maiello received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Ithaca College in l965 and l967, respectively. He also studied at the National Conducting Institute in Washington, D.C., under the direction of Mr. Leonard Slatkin, Musical Director of the National Symphony Orchestra.

From regional music festivals to the premier venues of Festival of Gold and Festival at Carnegie Hall, we have a life-enriching performance opportunity that is perfect for you and your students. The experience of competing and performing in some of the most amazing cites in the country will improve your orchestra program and make your entire community proud.

Getting started is easy!

Step 1: Explore our programs to learn about our festival dates, locations, and included activities. Download the full festival performance schedule here. To view our suggested music list for instrumental groups, click here.

Step 2: Click here to request more information. You can also contact a Festival Selection Advisor at 1-800-223-4367.

This will be the experience of a lifetime for you and your students. Start planning today!

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