Pro Musica’s Choral Celebration Tours are custom designed performing itineraries for church and community choirs. New York City is home to some of the most beautiful and historic houses of worship in the United States. The incredible diversity of the city is reflected in its churches, synagogues and mosques. Former mayor Ed Koch once pointed out that “mass is said in 23 languages in this city.” New York is truly a city where spirituality can be freely expressed in many different ways, including through the joy of making music.
Pro Musica Tours has been designing performing arts tours in New York City for over 20 years. We have been the host to school choirs from all over the country. For these choirs, the highlight of their tours is often the opportunity to sing and celebrate in New York’s beautiful houses of worship. Pro Musica Choral Celebrations Tours provides opportunities for community and church choirs to visit New York City, and to bring the joy of their music into some of the most famous churches in the world.
Every tour is customized based on the interests of each group. Your personal Pro Musica Tour Coordinator will serve as a single contact to coordinate all of the elements of your New York City program, including transportation, accommodations, optional meals, performance tickets and day tours. At the center of your time in New York is the opportunity for your choir to sing in some of the most beautiful churches in the country. We can design a tour that focuses on any particular aspect of New York that is of interest to your group including:
- Expert guided visits to New York’s extraordinary museums The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters, including exclusive themed visits that focus on religious art of different periods and countries.
- Detailed neighborhood tours that explore the history and unique cultural contributions of different immigrant groups to the Big Apple.
- New York’s most famous sights and hidden treasures ranging from The Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, and The United Nations Headquarters; to The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, Gracie Mansion, and the The Cloisters.
Your group will be escorted by an expert guide who has been selected for you based on your interests and personalized itinerary. During your stay, you will have the opportunity not only to perform, but to see a wide variety of performances. Your tour coordinator has the most up to date information about upcoming performances, as well as access to tickets to even the most in demand performances – often before they are on sale to the general public. Our staff attends every show before recommending them to your group. You can be assured that your tour coordinator will assist you in selecting performances that are appropriate in content based on your preferences. As cost is always a concern, because Pro Musica works directly with the airlines and hotels, you benefit from lower prices than are available from tour operators that don’t specialize in New York City.
In addition, New York is also the home to some of the most gifted young composers in the country. Pro Musica has developed a relationship with many of these gifted artists to provide very special opportunity, exclusively available as part of the Choral Celebrations program. We can commission a composer to write a choral piece, based on your choice of sacred text, specifically for your group! You will receive the music for your commissioned piece at least one month before you travel to New York, to provide you with plenty of time to learn the music. Then, upon your arrival, you will meet the composer who wrote your piece who will personally coach your choir on the piece in preparation for public performance. Once you return to your home city, you will be free to perform this piece whenever and wherever you like. While most choirs think that commissioning a new piece would be out of their reach financially, through Pro Musica, any choir can have a special piece of sacred music written specifically for them.
To find out more about the Choral Celebrations program, please call (212) 541-5122, or contact us online by clicking HERE. To learn more about New York City’s beautiful and historic houses of worship just click through the links below!