Perform in the Normandy Music Festival

The Normandy Music Festival welcomes bands, choirs and orchestras of all ages in 2017! The festival takes place in beautiful Normandy and follows a clinic/concert format. Ensembles will participate in a clinic with one of the four reputed clinicians and in the evening will perform in a joint concert with other festival participants. While the festival is non-competitive, an audition recording is required to participate in the festival-sponsored performances.

About the Clinic:

Each performing group will have a thirty-minute warm up slot, a thirty minute performing slot for instrumental groups (twenty minutes for choral groups), followed by a thirty-minute clinic/workshop by a clinician. The master class format of the clinics is not just a source of motivation and enlightenment for the performers; it is of great benefit to the directors because it provides the insight and procedures to elevate the group's performance to a higher level.

Choir Clinicians:

Pr James KeeneDr Eduardo Garcia-Novelli, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, USA

Pr James KeenePr Véronique Malczuk, European Choir Clinician, Professor at the Caen Conservatory of Music

Band Clinician:

Pr James KeeneJames F. Keene, retired from the University of Illinois in 2008, where he held the titles of Director of Bands and Brownfield Distinguished Professor of Music

Orchestra Clinician:

Pr James KeeneAaron Kula, director of Music Performance and Education at the Florida Atlantic University Libraries in Boca Raton

Sample Itinerary - Prices Starting at $2,999*

Day 1:

Depart from the U.S.


Bienvenue en France! Meet your tour manager at the airport this morning and depart for the Normandy area! Upon arrival, check into your hotel. Tonight there will be a welcome ceremony with all the festival participants at the Caen Peace Memorial! Afterwards have dinner with your group.


This morning is devoted entirely to participation in the Normandy International Music Festival! (pending approval). The days schedule will include a clinic and rehearsal followed by an evening performance. Tonight, you will have dinner with your group at a local restaurant.


This morning, walk in the footsteps of history as you visit many of Normandy’s important World War II sites. Learn about Operation Overlord and how it was a turning point in WWII when you visit Arromanches, including entrance to the 360 Degree Cinema. Return to Caen this afternoon where you will perform your next concert as part of the festival (pending approval). Tonight have dinner with your group.

Day 5 PARIS:

Depart Normandy this morning for Paris, the city of lights! Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour of the highlights of Paris! You’ll see Les Invalides, where Napoleon is buried, Notre Dame and the Arc du Triomphe. Check into your hotel and freshen up before dinner with your group.

Day 6 PARIS:

Enjoy a morning excursion to visit Louis XIV’s oppulent Palace of Versailles, including the Hall of Mirrors and the expansive gardens. Return to Paris for the afternoon where you will have the chance to explore at your leisure. Tonight have dinner with your group in a local restaurant.

Day 7 PARIS:

This morning visit the Louvre to discover the many famous masterpieces that call this museum home. Then continue to La Madeleine where you will rehearse for this afternoon’s final performance in France (pending approval). Afterwards, celebrate your successful performance tour with a farewell dinner!


After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

*Prices based on 40 paying passengers with 2 free trips from NYC or BOS.

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