The name of Chicago was appropriately drawn from an Indian word meaning "strong" or "great." Chicago's strong multicultural heritage is reflected in its neighborhoods, which now attract thousands of visitors each year.
Chicago proudly offers some of the world’s best museums, the highest buildings, the most renowned orchestras and choirs, the world-class Brookfield Zoo, a beautiful lakefront skyline, and of course, Chicago dogs and pizza!
Imagine your group performing in Rockefeller Chapel or the Old St. Patrick’s Church, learning in a workshop at the University of Chicago or at Northwestern University, performing at Navy Pier, participating in a Mass at historic Holy Name Cathedral, or sharing a concert at a local school.
The National Festival of the States can make these possible for your performing ensemble! Participating groups are chosen on the basis of recommendation from state and national music educators, governors’ and senators’ offices and by audition. Selected groups perform in prestigious venues with maximum audience potential. Everyone should experience Chicago – and the very best performing groups can, through the expertise of Music Celebrations International!