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Field Trips

I would love to take my 125 middle school choral students on a cheap field trip to see some sort of vocal performance (hopefully a choir) and do something fun along the way.  Any ideas in the WV/MD/VA/PA/DC area?  I will probably have about $1500 (or less) to work with, and I know that's not much for that many kids.
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on November 16, 2013 5:53am
Hi Laura:
Lots to do in Pittsburgh, if that's not too far from where you are in WV. You could see a good college or hs choir concert or musical comedy and maybe arrange a choral clinic at one of the many colleges in Pittsburgh. I've done that with my hs choirs in several different places. The clinic fee would likely be small, and the college- if at all smart- wouldn't charge any fees since it's great p/r for them. Would be a great experience for the college music education majors, as well as for you and your students.
on November 17, 2013 9:46am
Stop at Fort McHenry in Baltimore and sing the Star-Spangled Banner.  Great history lesson when the park ranger unfurls the flag.  I take my choral students every year.  200th Anniversary in September 2014.  :)
on November 17, 2013 10:36am
And show them the National Geographic spread from a few years ago, about the $30 million restoration of the huge original flag (about 40 feet long)--millions of hand stitches from technicians lying on boards suspended over the flag, etc, etc.  It's now on display at the Smithsonian in a 40' climate controlled case.
on November 17, 2013 9:47am
Tickets to Fort McHenry are free.  Sorry I did not mention before.  :)
on November 17, 2013 3:06pm
I replied to you via choralnet's personal e-mail.  However, I will write the folowing.
Washington, DC:
1.   National Cathedral tours and/or organ demonstration and or half-hour concert
2.   The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at Catholic University: tour and schedule a brief description of the organs and demonstration by Dr. Peter Latona.  Schedule tour through:
3.   University of MD, School of Music, contact Dr. Edward Maclary via e-mail at emaclary(a)<emaclary(a)>;
           and free concerts at
5.   Contact the AGO of DC and particular sites to see what is available for organ demos and tours.  This also CAN be arranged for sites such; ;
6.   There is even more but you will need to do your own research at Catholic University Music, American University Music, Maryland State Boychoir (Steve Holmes)
7.   Baltimore also has Morgan State University, St. Paul's Cathedral, and open (educational) Baltimore Symphony Orchestra rehearsals.
8.   Baltimore City College High School Choir
For those of you who would like to choral/music sites in NYC, I have detailed trips for those.  Please contact me.
Please respond to my personal e-mail, Laura.
John H. Briggs, Sr.
on November 21, 2013 9:24am
The Choral Arts Society of Washington has two field trip opportunities avialable for grades 3 - 8 in the spring.  One is a choral tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. with music of the civil rights movement. The other is based on the music and rhythms of the Argentinean tango.  Visit the website for more details: or contact me directly with any specific questions: cfraim(a)
on November 22, 2013 8:15am
I am so sorry, Laura and caryn!  It is absolutely true that the Choral Arts Society of Washington, D.C., does offer two field trips and that I absolutely forgot to include that wonderful organization in my list for you.  I tried to make my choirs available to this organization's field trips, but I did not have the time before I retired.  I would encourage directors to consider these two filed trips as well.
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