Welcome to Nashville
Discover Tennessee’s rich history and vibrant music scene as you explore the bustling streets of Nashville.
Known as the country music capital of the world and as “Music City, USA,” Nashville plays a prominent role in the music industry, particularly in the country genre. The city hosts the annual Country Music Awards Music Festival and is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the legendary Grand Ole Opry. Nashville’s Music Row neighborhood houses numerous record labels, recording studios, and music-licensing firms.
Tread in the footsteps of music legends as you tour the Grand Ole Opry, and enjoy live music at all hours of the day in “The District.” Seize the opportunity to perform your own repertoire in spectacular, historic venues that have hosted generations of talented performers.
Enjoy a concert tour of Tennessee, and let yourself be immersed in all that Nashville has to offer as you share your music with local audiences.
Welcome to Tennessee! Enjoy an introduction to “Music City” on a guided tour of Nashville. Highlights include Music Row, lined with record labels and recording studios, and Millionaire’s Row, home to many of the city’s rich and famous musicians.
Conclude your tour on Broadway and the streets that surround it, known locally as “The District”. This neighborhood’s sidewalks and restaurants feature live music at nearly all hours of the day.
Check in to your hotel and take time to relax and refresh.
Rehearsal can be arranged this afternoon.
Tonight, a welcome dinner of local specialties is served as your tour manager previews the days ahead.
Today, visit RCA Studio B, the very studio at which noted musicians such as Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton once recorded. Learn about this iconic institution during a guided studio tour. A recording session can be arranged for your ensemble upon request.
Tonight, visit the Grand Ole Opry, which has been called the “home of American music” and “country’s most famous stage.” After dinner at an Opry restaurant, perform an evening concert on the Opry’s front plaza. Then, take your seats for a spectacular Grand Ole Opry show, and culminate the evening with a backstage tour.
This morning, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Follow in the footsteps of music legends as you explore the facility’s audio and visual exhibits and a large collection of country music memorabilia.
Later today, enjoy a music workshop led by a professional musician from one of Nashville’s fine educational institutions or a prominent songwriter in the music industry.
Tonight, perform an evening friendship concert with a local ensemble.
Then, head out for a festive farewell dinner of southern specialties accompanied by live music and line dancing. Alternately, a dinner cruise on the General Jackson paddlewheel riverboat can be arranged.
After breakfast, transfer to a local church, and sing for the Sunday morning service. Enjoy this opportunity to join Nashville residents at one of the city’s 700 houses of worship; following the service, it may be possible to perform a short concert for the congregation.
Heartfelt goodbyes are exchanged, and your group is sent off with a fond, “Thank you for connecting our world through music. Until we meet again!”
Return home with wonderful memories of your concert tour in the City of Music!
Concert Tour Highlights
Situated on the Cumberland River in the northwestern section of the Nashville Basin, Nashville is Tennessee's capital city. Deemed "Music City, USA," Nashville is not only the country music capital of the world but a leading city for songwriting and production of many genres of
music. Pop, rock, bluegrass, blues, soul, and contemporary Christian artists record in Nashville's hallowed studios for its prestigious record labels. Nashville has emerged in recent decades as one of the most vibrant cities in the south. It blends the glitz and glamour of the entertainment industry with a rich history and laid-back honky-tonk vibes with an air of sophistication and high culture; the juxtaposition of these key parts of the city's identity give it a unique vibrancy.
THE GRAND OLE OPRY
The Grand Ole Opry is a country music stage concert that has showcased the biggest rising stars in country music since 1925. Originally created as a radio show, the Opry is one of the longest running broadcasts in history. Dedicated to honoring country music and its history, the Opry showcases a mix of legends and contemporary chart-toppers performing a range of musical genres in addition to comedic performances and skits. The Opry's rise to fame contributed greatly to Nashville’s development. In its early years, it was held in the famed Ryman Auditorium; while it runs from February to October in its new facility, it returns to the Ryman from November to January. The Opry welcomes visiting ensembles and hosts performances in both Opry Plaza and Ryman Plaza.
FRIENDSHIP CONCERTS IN TENNESSEE
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 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 opportunity to hear their host choir's repertoire (often showcasing local musical styles) and to share your own repertoire in turn. Fellowship time is planned around 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.
RCA STUDIO B
RCA Studio B, a small, unassuming building on Nashville's Music Row, is the oldest surviving recording studio in Nashville. It is the home of the "Nashville Sound", a country music style characterized by crooning lead vocals, sophisticated background vocals, and smooth strings. Over
35,000 songs, including over 1,000 American hits, were recorded here by stars including Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton. Your ensemble can tour this historic space and can also participate in an optional recording session.