April 6-10, 2018

Expand your horizons on the very edge of our continent at the gateway to the Pacific. Share your songs and deepen your choral aptitude at the Vancouver Young Musicians' Festival. Experience all of the wonders and tranquil beauty that a trip to the province of British Columbia affords! British Columbia is the lush green jewel of the Pacific Northwest and the rugged westernmost province of Canada—a place where rare ecosystems flourish alongside major cities like Vancouver and Victoria, BC's capital.

Each year in April, youth choirs come together in Vancouver, British Columbia's vibrant seaport and Canada's most ethnically diverse city, to perform for each other and work on technique with acclaimed clinicians who listen to and evaluate their performances. Guest directors at past festivals have included the talented Eugene Rogers, John Wiebe, Elroy Friesen, and Debbie Glaze.

A fantastic ferry ride away lies Vancouver Island, the largest island off the West Coast of North America. Take in the charming capital of Victoria and its beautifully preserved 19th-century architecture and reverent upholding of aboriginal First Nations traditions.

ITINERARY

FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018 | TRAVEL TO VANCOUVER | CONCERT & WORKSHOP

FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018 | TRAVEL TO VANCOUVER | CONCERT & WORKSHOP

Travel on a morning flight to Vancouver, British Columbia, one of Canada's most stunningly scenic cities. Upon arrival, enjoy an introduction to Vancouver on a locally guided tour. Situated on a series of peninsulas against the backdrop of the Coast Mountains, the city encompasses an enchanting mix of historic neighborhoods and lush parks. Photo opportunities abound!

Check in to your hotel, then transfer to a local church, where your ensemble will perform a concert as part of the Vancouver Young Musicians' Festival. Following your performance, concentrate on vocal technique in a workshop with skilled clinicians. Afterwards, there will be time to meet and mingle with other young musicians from the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

This evening, a special welcome dinner will be served at a local restaurant.
SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2018 | EXCURSION | CONCERT & WORKSHOP

SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2018 | EXCURSION | CONCERT & WORKSHOP

In the morning, embark on an exciting excursion to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. The bridge spans 450 feet across the Capilano River, which flows some 200 feet below. Enjoy a lofty walk in the cedar-scented air of the coastal rain forest and learn about its secret life.

This afternoon, the Vancouver Young Musicians' Festival continues in a local church venue with another concert and workshop. Socializing with fellow festival participants may continue into the evening.

Dinner can be arranged for your ensemble to complement your performance schedule.
SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2018 | VANCOUVER ISLAND | VICTORIA

SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2018 | VANCOUVER ISLAND | VICTORIA

Check out of the Vancouver hotel and transfer to Tsawwassen for a fantastic ferry ride to Vancouver Island, the largest island off the West Coast of North America. Vancouver Island is nearly 300 miles long and full of breathtaking scenery, from snow-capped mountains to sandy beaches and thick forests.

After arrival at Swartz Bay, continue by coach to Victoria, the capital and one of the oldest cities of British Columbia. The city is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island and was named after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and, at the time, British North America. The city has retained a large number of its historic buildings and looks to many like a quintessential English town. Check in to your hotel in Victoria, then join your tour manager on an orientation walk to get a feel for the city’s charming ambiance.

Enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant.
MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018 | VICTORIA | OLYMPIC PENINSULA | CONCERT

MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018 | VICTORIA | OLYMPIC PENINSULA | CONCERT

This morning, visit a school in Victoria and perform a friendship concert with the school choir. Afterwards, there will be opportunity to spend time with your welcoming hosts.

Following some free time for lunch, transfer to the ferry dock and board the ferry to Port Angeles, Washington, on the northern shore of the Olympic Peninsula. Take in stunning coastal vistas as you cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca, named after a Greek captain employed by Spain to search for a northern passage from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic.

Check in to your hotel, then gather together for dinner at a local restaurant.
TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018 | OLYMPIC PENINSULA | SEATTLE |  DEPARTURE

TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018 | OLYMPIC PENINSULA | SEATTLE | DEPARTURE

Check out of the hotel in Port Angeles and travel through spectacular coastal landscapes and across Puget Sound to Seattle. A stop for lunch will be made along the way.

Upon arrival in Seattle, embark on an “underground tour” of the old city remains which lie below street level. After a massive fire in the early 1900s, the city was rebuilt on top of the old streets and storefronts. The remains are still intact and provide a secretive look into the old western life of pre-1900 Seattle.

Later, transfer to the Seattle Tacoma Airport for your flight home.

PACKAGE

  • Accommodations
    •4 nights accommodations in 3-star superior hotels:
    2 nights in Vancouver
    1 night in Victoria
    1 night in Port Angeles

    Transportation
    •A private, modern, air conditioned motor coach with a professional driver is provided for all transportation as described in the itinerary. Ferry transfers are included as per the itinerary.

    Meals
    •Daily breakfast
    •Three 3-course dinners

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

    Performance Opportunities as part of the festival:
    Two concerts as part of the Vancouver Young Musicians' Festival
    Two workshops with acclaimed clinicians as part of the Vancouver Young Musicians' Festival
    Friendship concert with a school choir in Victoria

    Guide Tours & Special Events
    •Guided sightseeing tour of Vancouver
    *Excursion to Capilano Suspension Bridge*Excursion to Capilano Suspension Bridge
    *Underground tour of Seattle

    Complimentary Places
    •Two complimentary land packages in single room accommodations for every 30 paying travelers
  • If your choir is interested in staying in Seattle or elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest for additional days, please let us know. We will be glad to offer an extension tour, with singing or without, according to your choir’s interests.

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