Festivals

We’re experts in performance arts tours.

Performance arts tours are at the heart of how our company started, and remain an area of specialty. The Schools Out Tours management team consists of musicians, teachers and conductors who know how to make your ensemble’s tour a success.

These music festivals offer exceptional performance and educational opportunities for bands, choirs, and orchestras. Schools Out Tours can develop a tour package for your ensemble that seamlessly integrates the festival into your tour. To learn more, get in touch!

We keep things simple and stress-free by designing integrated tour/festival packages. Your package fee typically includes:

  • Round-trip transportation
  • All overnight stays in hotels
  • All festival registration fees
  • Breakfast and supper daily
  • A detailed itinerary of guided sightseeing, city tours, and group events
  • Overnight security at the hotel
Schools Out Tours provided Baddeck Academy with a wonderful first time experience to the Atlantic Festival of Music. There was never an issue when changing parts of our trip itinerary and the staff were more than helpful to go the extra step in planning. Our tour guide also went out of her way to help in any way she could and the students really enjoyed having her join us. Our trip was stress free and fun! Thank you Schools Out Tours!
Sarah MacCormackBaddeck AcademyNS
Traveling with Schools Out Tours made our trip planning easy and remarkably stress-free. Ron and Mike were incredibly easy to work with and anxious to ensure the trip was a great experience for our students.
Paul HuttenCentral Kings High SchoolNS
Just wanted to send an e-mail and say we all had a great (as usual) SOT Tour!! Our Tour Guide, and bus driver were both wonderful too. Nice to have two such people to accompany us around Halifax and to all our events and activities. Thanks for all your work and service on behalf of my Music students. Hoping to make the Atlantic Festival of Music next year!
Ann Marie LaneBaccalieu CollegiateNL
As a veteran of some 28 band trips, I can truly say that none have been as well organized and stress-free as the last half dozen that I have done with Schools Out Tours. Band Directors certainly have enough to worry about without the added pressure of coordinating the many logistics necessary to have a successful band trip. Schools Out Tours continues to provide incredible service to our groups at CBRH. I do not envision travelling without them again!
Darren WhiteCorner Brook Regional High SchoolNL
Once again it was an awesome trip and a great experience for our students.
Michele YoungCentral Colchester Junior High SchoolNS
Schools Out Tours has provided me with an easy and flexible option for planning our music trips. What could be a time-consuming and onerous undertaking is transformed into a positive experience with Schools Out Tours.
Kelsea McLeanMorell Regional High SchoolPEI
Thanks to everyone who looked after all the details for our trip to Halifax. Our clinicians were great, travel wonderful, and security much appreciated. Food excellent, accommodation excellent. Staff was wonderful. It was smooth from beginning to end.
Jenet ClementJenet Clement, CharlottetownPEI
We were beyond impressed with our tour guide, Dan, and our coach driver, Richard. The students bonded with both members of the tour team. It really was incredible to see. Also, I am beyond thankful for the flexibility in the payment schedule as fundraising often has to run until the very last minute, right before the departure. The planning is clear, well-conceived, detailed, and justified. Every effort is made to accommodate last minute changes and this is vital in the current climate of educational/music tours.
Nicholas GibbsMealy Mountain CollegiateNL
Schools Out Tours provides our school with quality tour planning each year. What I love most about them is that at the helm are two retired music teachers who know what music teachers are looking for on performance trips. They understand the needs of performance groups and the staff is most pleasant to work with in planning trips. They are flexible and reliable.
Brittany GoldsboroughMarymount AcademyON
Schools Out Tours knows the business of band touring. They work with the travelling groups and the event contacts on a personal level, are very accommodating/flexible with the itinerary and details. I could not organize a better tour even if I had the countless hours too do the leg work and follows up. A service well worth it!
Tobias BealeRocky Lake Junior HighNS

Atlantic Festivals of Music

One of Canada’s finest music festivals, taking place annually in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The festival helps thousands of participants from schools and community organizations worldwide perform, learn, grow as musicians, and have fun!

AFM features world-class adjudicators and clinicians, inspiring feature concerts, and much more. The festival is organized by the management team at Schools Out Tours.

Canada

Musicfest Canada

MusicFest Canada is an annual national event held in May that brings together more than 10,000 of Canada’s finest young musicians who perform for recognition as the country’s foremost musical ensembles. Participants range in age from 12-25 years and are drawn from the elementary, high school, college and university levels.

musicfest.ca

Rhythms Canada

Rhythms Canada hosts non-competitive festivals throughout Canada and the US that are based on group participation where everyone leaves a winner for having participated and done their best.

rhythmscanada.com

Unisong

This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity lets your choir join a mass ensemble of hundreds, in a performance that is at the heart of festivities in Ottawa on Canada Day.

unisong.ca

International Choral Kathaumixw

The International Choral Kathaumixw is a 5 day choral festival filled with concerts, common song singing, choral & vocal solo competitions, conductor’s seminars and social events. The festival is a place where all can learn from each other and from world renowned choral personalities.

kathaumixw.org

Con Brio Festivals

Three-day non-competitive festivals held annually in beautiful British Columbia at Whistler Village and Sun Peaks Village. Band, Orchestra and Choral camps culminate in a massed choir of over 500 singers, massed strings, and massed bands of over 1,000 instrumentalists.

conbriofestivals.ca

USA & International

Festival Disney

Festival Disney is open to middle and high school bands and choirs. After sprucing up your performance skills and gaining a competitive edge, seize the opportunity to explore the magic of the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks!

disneyyouth.com

Europa Cantat

The festival brings together thousands of participants coming from all over Europe and the world to share their passion for singing. Whether you are a lover of culture and art or seek culinary delights, Europa Cantat has something to offer that will not fail to impress.

europeanchoralassociation.org

Chicago

Young Prague Festival

Join choirs, bands, and orchestras from around the world at Young Prague, one of the most culturally diverse and enjoyable European festivals for young musicians.

WorldStride Heritage Festivals

National adjudicated and competitive music festivals in more than 20 cities across North America for school choral & instrumental groups. Your ensemble will perform for nationally acclaimed adjudicators, learn from their feedback, and be inspired to new heights as a result of the entire experience. With more than 70 events available each spring, your students will explore a new city and deepen their bonds with classmates.

worldstrides.com

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