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Voices Unite! California Coastal Choral Festival

California Vineyards
FESTIVAL DATES

AUGUST 14-18, 2024

Voices Unite! California Coastal Choral Festival

In association with the Cuesta Concord Chorus, Music Contact International is proud to present this exciting new festival. Created in loving memory of Ann Coppenbarger, a dear friend of the Coastal California choir community and member emeritus of the host chorus, the Cuesta Concord Chorus, the festival is made possible through her generous endowment to the arts.

This five-day gathering of adult choruses will bring singers together in the stunning town of San Luis Obispo to share their voices. Performance venues include two performing art centers, historic houses of worship, and local wineries. The festival mass sing performance of Carmina Burana by Carl Orff with orchestral accompaniment, will be presented at the breathtaking Harold Miossi Hall, at the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center.

California’s Central Coast is among the most beautiful locations I have ever visited in my many years of travel. Vineyard lined hills with grazing cattle and valleys of live oak trees slope into the majestic Pacific Ocean. Welcoming seaside towns with eager audiences are an easy drive from San Luis Obispo.

Itinerary

AUGUST 14-18, 2024

Cal Poly Performing Arts Center

Thursday, August 14, 2025 | WELCOME TO CALIFORNIA!

Your California adventure begins with a morning flight to Los Angeles or San Francisco. Your Music Contact International tour manager will greet your choir at the airport arrivals area. Together, load the waiting motor coach and transfer to San Luis Obispo to check into your accommodations, which may be at a nearby hotel or on the campus at Cal Poly.

Tonight, attend and perform as part of the opening ceremony of the California Coastal Choral Festival 2025 at the Cuesta College Performing Arts Center, with a warm welcome by your festival hosts, After the concert and ceremony, transfer back to your overnight accommodations by motor coach.



San Luis Obispo

Friday, August 15, 2025 |  SIGHTSEEING | MISSION SAN LUIS OBISPO DE TOLOSA PERFORMANCE 

Transfer to Cuesta College Performing Arts Center to rehearse the festival massed piece, Carmina Burana, with all participating choirs.

This afternoon choirs can choose to explore San Luis Obispo, or one of the stunning coastal beach towns nearby, such as Cayucos to the north or Avila and Pismo Beach to the south.

This evening choirs will perform a concert in the beautiful 18th century Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Choirs will perform back to back for a local audience this evening in the historic church in the heart of San Luis Obispo.

Following the concert, enjoy free time for dinner on your own.



Harold Miossi Hall

Saturday, August 16, 2024 | FESTIVAL PREMIER CONCERT HAROLD MIOSSI HALL 

This morning transfer to the Cuesta College Performing Arts Center for the second rehearsal of festival massed piece, Carmina Burana, with all participating choirs and the accompanying orchestra.

Enjoy time in San Luis Obispo’s downtown area for lunch on your own.

This evening, return by motor coach to the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo, the venue for this evening’s main festival performance featuring all participating choirs, local singers, and a full orchestra. Perform Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana at the 1200 seat Harold Miossi Hall on the campus of Cal Poly. Following the performance, enjoy a festival reception in the lobby of Harold Miossi Hall with all performers.



A glass of wine overlooking a California vineyard

Sunday, August 17 | WORSHIP SERVICE | FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES AT LOCAL WINERIES

After breakfast this morning, all choirs are invited to sing as part of a local worship service at a nearby church. Alternatively, your choir may choose to enjoy free time this morning in San Luis Obispo.

Transfer at mid-day to the nearby beautiful beachside town of Morro Bay. The picturesque coastal Californian town, famous for the impressive “Morro Rock” is the perfect location to enjoy free time for lunch. and shopping while watching the sealions frolic in the harbor. This afternoon, travel to Paso Robles region, known for it’s scenic wineries and world renowned vineyards.

Tonight, your choir will perform a concert as part of the festival concert series on stage at one of three local vineyards, Cass Winery, Sculptera Winery, or RAVA vineyards. After the concert, return to Morro Bay for dinner on your own before arriving back at your accommodations in San Luis Obispo.



Central California Coastal Highway

Monday, August 18, 2025 | RETURN HOME

Check-out of your hotel and transfer to the San Francisco or Los Angeles airport for your departing flight home.

You might optionally choose to extend your trip with a visit to Hearst Castle and an additional night in San Luis Obispo, or consider a heading north to San Francisco and the Bay Area, or south to Los Angeles and perhaps Disneyland.


Package

LAND PACKAGE

COMPLIMENTARY TRAVEL – you deserve it!

  • In appreciation of your recruiting, rehearsing, conducting, and fine-tuning your ensemble for this fabulous musical journey:  two free land packages in single occupancy for every 30 paying travelers

 

ACCOMMODATIONS – thoughtfully selected to match group needs

Four nights accommodation in your choice of:

  •  San Luis Obispo hotel OR
  •  University Accommodations (multi-bedroom on-campus apartments)

MEALS – which are varied, flavorful, and highlighting local cuisine

  • Breakfast daily at your hotel
  •  Farewell reception with participating choirs

Additional meals can be arranged upon request. 

PERFORMANCES, WORKSHOPS, and EXCHANGES that are unique, and inspiring

5 performance & singing opportunities*:

  • Two group rehearsals with all participating choirs & orchestra
  • Evening concert series performance at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
  • Evening concert series performance at a local Winery
  • Morning worship service at a local church
  • Festival performance of Carmina Burana with all participating choirs & local orchestra at the San Luis Performing Arts Center at Cal Poly.

ACTIVITIES  

Experience fabulous sightseeing with our entertaining and informative guides:

  •  Opening Festival Ceremony with performance by local host choir

TOUR MANAGER to handle on-the-road logistics 

A full-time tour manager to accompany your group every step of the way from arrival through departure. Our beloved tour managers assist with:

  • A full-time Music Contact International tour manager will accompany your group for the duration of your stay

TRANSPORTATION in a private, modern, climate-controlled motor coach with a professional driver 

  • For all services specified in your itinerary.

TOUR ENHANCEMENT MATERIALS to help plan, promote, and prepare for your tour

  • A custom Traveler’s Resource Site (TRS):  We build this site specifically for your tour as a resource for travelers to engage in from the start.  The TRS is where travelers view the itinerary and watch it develop. There are maps, pictures, packing lists, recommendations for destination-based books and movies, collections of FAQs, and helpful travel links. We’ll build your site when your group is registered for this tour!
  • A customized Tour Handbook with hourly itinerary, packing tips and lists, practical “Things to Know”, destination background, and other fun content. This printed booklet is provided for each traveler about a month before departure.
  • A luggage tag, passport/document holder, and outlet adapter for each traveler is also included.

CONVENIENT ONLINE PAYMENT SYSTEM  tour accounting has never been easier!

  • A secure, custom portal accepts and tracks tour payments

FLIGHTS:

  • Please contact us for airfare quotes from your nearest airport.

LAND PACKAGE


COMPLIMENTARY TRAVEL – you deserve it!

  • In appreciation of your recruiting, rehearsing, conducting, and fine-tuning your ensemble for this fabulous musical journey:  two free land packages in single occupancy for every 30 paying travelers

 

ACCOMMODATIONS – thoughtfully selected to match group needs

Four nights accommodation in your choice of:

  •  San Luis Obispo hotel OR
  •  University Accommodations (multi-bedroom on-campus apartments)

MEALS – which are varied, flavorful, and highlighting local cuisine

  • Breakfast daily at your hotel
  •  Farewell reception with participating choirs

Additional meals can be arranged upon request. 

PERFORMANCES, WORKSHOPS, and EXCHANGES that are unique, and inspiring

5 performance & singing opportunities*:

  • Two group rehearsals with all participating choirs & orchestra
  • Evening concert series performance at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
  • Evening concert series performance at a local Winery
  • Morning worship service at a local church
  • Festival performance of Carmina Burana with all participating choirs & local orchestra at the San Luis Performing Arts Center at Cal Poly.

ACTIVITIES  

Experience fabulous sightseeing with our entertaining and informative guides:

  •  Opening Festival Ceremony with performance by local host choir

TOUR MANAGER to handle on-the-road logistics 

A full-time tour manager to accompany your group every step of the way from arrival through departure. Our beloved tour managers assist with:

  • A full-time Music Contact International tour manager will accompany your group for the duration of your stay

TRANSPORTATION in a private, modern, climate-controlled motor coach with a professional driver 

  • For all services specified in your itinerary.

TOUR ENHANCEMENT MATERIALS to help plan, promote, and prepare for your tour

  • A custom Traveler’s Resource Site (TRS):  We build this site specifically for your tour as a resource for travelers to engage in from the start.  The TRS is where travelers view the itinerary and watch it develop. There are maps, pictures, packing lists, recommendations for destination-based books and movies, collections of FAQs, and helpful travel links. We’ll build your site when your group is registered for this tour!
  • A customized Tour Handbook with hourly itinerary, packing tips and lists, practical “Things to Know”, destination background, and other fun content. This printed booklet is provided for each traveler about a month before departure.
  • A luggage tag, passport/document holder, and outlet adapter for each traveler is also included.

CONVENIENT ONLINE PAYMENT SYSTEM  tour accounting has never been easier!

  • A secure, custom portal accepts and tracks tour payments

FLIGHTS:

  • Please contact us for airfare quotes from your nearest airport.

Venues

California Hills and Coast

California Coastal Choral Festival 2025

San Luis Obispo, CA AUGUST 14-18, 2024
Come sing & sip by the sea!

Your Tour Includes


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


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


•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

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