March 16-19, 2018

Join choirs from across the United States and Canada at the Discover Puerto Rico Choral Festival. Perform for appreciative audiences in the culturally rich southern Puerto Rico city of Ponce. Broaden your understanding of the unique aspects of Caribbean and Puerto Rican choral traditions during a workshop at the Juan Morel Campos Institute of Music in Ponce. Choose between hotel accommodations in the historic city center of Ponce, or at a fabulous beachside resort.

The City of Ponce welcomes your choir at the opening event hosted by city officials and featuring local performances. The citizens of Ponce rejoice in the festival’s main event, where visiting and local choirs will entertain the large and enthusiastic audience at the La Perla Theater on Sunday night. Celebrate Puerto Rico’s unique musical traditions during four days of singing and discover the beautiful sights and people of this lovely Caribbean island!

ITINERARY

FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2018 | WELCOME TO PUERTO RICO! | OPENING CEREMONY

FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2018 | WELCOME TO PUERTO RICO! | OPENING CEREMONY

Today you’ll arrive in San Juan, the Spanish-colonial capital of Puerto Rico on the Caribbean coast. Upon arrival, meet your Music Contact International tour manager and travel by private motor coach to your hotel in the Ponce area (approximately 2 hours from San Juan). For those arriving early, sightseeing can be arranged for your group. Tour La Fortaleza, the official residence of the Governor of Puerto Rico, or take a walk through the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan and enjoy a visit to El Moro, the 15th century Spanish fort at the mouth of San Juan Harbor. Tonight, choirs gather for the Opening Ceremony, which includes wonderful performances by local Puerto Rican musicians and welcoming words from representatives of the host city of Ponce. After the presentation, you’ll be treated to a lovely dinner and have an opportunity to mingle with your fellow attendees.
SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2018 | PONCE: “LA PERLA DEL SUR” (PEARL OF THE SOUTH) | CONCERT

SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2018 | PONCE: “LA PERLA DEL SUR” (PEARL OF THE SOUTH) | CONCERT

This morning, following breakfast at the hotel, participate in a workshop on Puerto Rican music. You will learn about typical, local genres such as Bomba and Plena. Your choir will also rehearse the theme song for the festival, which will be performed in a mass sing on the last night of the festival.

Tonight, your choir will enjoy a friendship concert. You’ll be matched with a choir from Puerto Rico and spend the evening performing for and socializing with each other. Dinner will be provided by your host choir.
SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2018 | CLOSING CEREMONY | CONCERT

SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2018 | CLOSING CEREMONY | CONCERT

After breakfast at the hotel, there will be the optional opportunity to perform during a morning worship service in one of Ponce’s beautiful churches. The afternoon is free to enjoy shopping in town or spend some time exploring the beach.

This evening, the Discover Puerto Rico Choral Concert will include all festival choirs gathered together at the newly renovated Teatro La Perla to perform for the people of Ponce! In the beautiful venue of La Perla Theater, choirs will perform short individual programs followed by the combined performance of the festival song. All participating choirs will join voices and, along with the accompaniment of the Ponce Municipal Band, perform the theme song of the festival composed by Puerto Rican composer and co-artistic director of the Discover Puerto Rico Choral Festival, Mr. Rubén Colón Tarrats. Afterwards, enjoy a farewell reception with all participating choirs.
MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018 | DEPARTURE

MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018 | DEPARTURE

Following breakfast at the hotel, your morning will be free for you to enjoy at your leisure. Revisit some of your favorite sites in Ponce, or just lounge on the beach and rest up for your flight home! Later, you’ll depart for the airport in San Juan and say goodbye to Puerto Rico.

PACKAGE

  • Accommodations
    •3 nights in either a resort style hotel on the Caribbean Sea—or—a historic downtown Ponce hotel

    Transportation
    •A private, modern, air conditioned motor coach with a professional driver is provided for all transportation as described in the itinerary, including round-trip transfers between the airport and hotel

    Meals
    •Breakfast each morning at the hotel
    •Dinner on arrival night
    •Dinner with host choir
    •Farewell reception

    Tour Manager
    •Full-time Music Contact International tour manager to accompany your group during their entire stay, from arrival to departure

    Performance Opportunities
    •Workshop on Puerto Rican music
    •Friendship concert with Puerto Rican choir
    •Sunday worship service
    •Participation in group sing during Festival Closing Ceremony

    Special Events
    •Opening Ceremony
    •Closing Ceremony

    Complimentary Places
    •Two complimentary land packages for every 30 paying travelers (31st & 32nd travelers are complimentary), based on single occupancy accommodations
  • If you are interested in extending your stay in Puerto Rico and performing additional concerts with your choir, we will be glad to help make arrangements for you. Possible extension options include San Juan, Arecibo radio telescope, Camuy Caves, and more!

YOUR TOUR INCLUDES

Traveler's Resource Website

Traveler's Resource Website
The site is customized exclusively for your group, and is full of exciting and interactive features that you will find informative and helpful before, during, and after the tour.

•Current tour itinerary with full descriptions of each day
•Detailed maps of the places you will visit
•Blog platform to communicate with group members
•Recommended books, movies, websites, and videos

Online Payment System

Online Payment System
Group leaders have the option to use our Online Payment System, which enables you to effortlessly collect payments for your trip. Group leaders receive weekly automated reports with traveler balances and due dates.

Travelers can log in to our secure website to review the cost of their trip and all payment deadlines, register for the trip, and make credit card payments. All travelers receive automated reminders when payments are coming due.

Additional Materials

Additional Materials
•Customized handbook for each person traveling with your choir, including a detailed program and travel information.
•Electrical adapters*
•Luggage tags
•Passport holder*

*for international travelers