World Projects Testimonial

Dr. Terry Austin ||

terry_austin To Whom It May Concern:

With budgets shrinking and administrators becoming harder to convince that travel with your ensemble and the expenses that come with it are worth it, it is more important than ever that you choose events and companies that can guarantee that your experience is both educationally valid and worth the money. In my mind there are few experiences that are more musically and educationally rewarding than performing in one of the world’s great concert halls.

The opportunity to perform in the Kennedy Center or Carnegie Hall connects both you and your students not only to musically historic venues, but in a very real way to the performers who have been there before you. World Projects has made that possible for my ensemble on multiple occasions.

As you know, it is a daunting task to take a student group on tour, and especially so when you are visiting a major city. That is why I counted on the staff of World Projects to guide me through all of the preparation, details, and planning involved in making our trips both memorable and successful. From the initial invitation to the final bow, my students and I received the finest care that it is possible for a company to provide. They were personable, caring, efficient, and accommodating in every way. We got exactly what we were promised we would get–and a standing ovation too!

I have also been on the faculty for a number of events that I did not participate in as a performer. I can tell you that behind the scenes the respect for student performers, teacher/conductors, and everyone associated with the groups is stressed constantly. The highest priority is on making sure that your students receive an educational experience in every way. For those participating in festivals with an international component (and they try to achieve that at all of their events), every effort is made to provide everyone with opportunities for cultural exchange. In short, World Projects will take very good care of you and your students, and together you will create indelible memories for you and your students.

Dr. Terry Austin
Director of Bands
Professor of Music Education

Virginia Commonwealth University
Department of Music
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
922 Park Avenue
P.O. Box 842004
Richmond, VA 23284-2004

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