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6 Questions To Ask Your Travel Provider

Posted by Erin M. Grigson on Jun 10, 2019 9:04:50 AM

Finding a trip at an affordable price point for you and your students sometimes means requesting multiple trip proposals and spending time comparing and contrasting them to make the best possible choice for your program. So with multiple factors like quad occupancy, meals, motorcoach, and multiple deposits to juggle, how do you ensure you’re making the right choice?

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Topics: Educational Travel, Overnight Travel, Student Travel

An Inside Look at Festival Musicale

Posted by Erin M. Grigson on May 29, 2019 3:03:11 PM

Have you heard we’re offering a brand new youth chorus event this year? Held in downtown San Antonio, Texas, Festival de Musicalé will offer two days of clinic/rehearsal with Dr. Susan Brumfield for your youth choral organization, culminating on the third day with our feature choir and mass chorus gala concert in the beautiful Tobin Center.

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Topics: Music Festivals, Clinics, festival performance

2019 Festival Year In Review

Posted by Erin M. Grigson on May 28, 2019 10:36:30 AM

The trips have been taken, the performances are complete, the awards have been given and another fantastic festival and travel season is in the books!

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Topics: Student Group Travel, Music Across Texas, Overnight Travel, Student Travel

FIVE TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL GROUP TRAVEL

Posted by Erin M. Grigson on May 14, 2019 12:56:38 PM

From daydreaming about your destination to relentless researching restaurants to crafting your ideal itinerary, there’s nothing like the anticipation of a trip. But while you may be a well seasoned traveler yourself, traveling with a large group of students requires a few extra pre-departure preparations. Whether you’re dancing your way to Disney or living large in the Lone Star State, here are a few things to consider during the planning process.

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Topics: Student Group Travel, Overnight Travel, Student Travel

An Insider's Look At Dance Travel

Posted by Stacy Donalson on Apr 24, 2019 9:49:31 AM

From choosing a destination to incorporating performance opportunities into an itinerary, we're talking all things dance travel with Stacy Donalson, director of the Chisholm Trail Charmers.

 

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Beyond The Clef With Colonel Palmatier

Posted by Erin M. Grigson on Apr 24, 2019 9:48:33 AM

As part of our Beyond the Clef Legacy Series, we are honored to sit down with Colonel Thomas Palmatier, the retired commander of the United States Army Band, Pershing's Own. In this episode, we discuss his time with Pershing’s Own and the time he spent in the White House working with sitting presidents, and later we dive into his thoughts on music education and walk away with some sage advice from a true legend. Take it away, David!  

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Topics: Marching Band, Industry, Music Education

Customizable Contemporary Dance Opportunities with Gibney

Posted by Susan Epstein on Apr 24, 2019 9:43:55 AM

Gibney Dance, founded in 1991 by choreographer Gina Gibney, is a multi-faceted dance organization occupying two locations in New York City.  Gibney's Group Study program is a great addition to a dance group’s New York City travel itinerary. Students in the Group Study Program learn from Gibney’s renowned faculty and working artists during their stay, in a range of contexts: master classes, panel discussions, workshops and more. This experience is ideal for groups from schools looking to learn about the NYC contemporary dance scene. Residencies are 100% customizable and can range from one class, to one day, to two days or longer.

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Snap it, Map it and remember your trip with the New Group travel video app

Posted by Erin M. Grigson on Apr 2, 2019 8:47:15 AM

Student group travel is all about creating and preserving once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and there’s no way better way to do that than utilizing the Group Travel Video app available as an add on to any Director’s Choice Trip. Whether you’re looking to capture memories or to virtually tag along with a traveling group, here are just a few reasons to consider adding the Group Travel Video Program as an enhancement to your trip.

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Topics: Overnight Travel, Student Travel

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    A Blog for Performing Arts Educators

    Director's Choice is passionate about furthering your classroom. We're not satisfied just being your go-to travel experts. Many of us have been in your shoes and know how much goes on in a classroom. That's why we've created Unpacked, a blog of curated content to help you reach students, plan effectively and create memorable performance experiences.

    Unpacked brings you authors and guest bloggers from all over. Directors, travel experts, industry insiders, you name it! New blogs are out every other week with content and advice to help you and your students.

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