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Cornucopia of Sound has “Plenty” for Choirs

The word “cornucopia” conjures up images of Thanksgiving- fruits, baskets of goodies and other holiday treats. It means “horn of plenty,” and this November, it will mean plenty of stunning voices raised in beautiful harmony.  The Cornucopia of Sound will take place just before Thanksgiving in Orlando, Florida.

What is Cornucopia of Sound?

Universal Studios™ in Orlando will host choirs (full or partial ensembles) at an event designed to showcase students’ and directors’ skills. Groups will participate in a mass choir in which the participating directors can conduct part of the performance with the guidance of guest clinicians. Each group will also be able to perform alone on a Universal stage as well as participate in a workshop with one of the guest clinicians. Students from different schools will then perform together in a concert setting before an international audience.

In addition to this spectacular display, groups will have a chance to enjoy the thrills and excitement of Universal Studios™ and Islands of Adventure™.

What’s Included

• Three-day, two park ticket
• Breakfast at the Hard Rock Café
• Mass choir performance
• Two (2) guest clinicians to work with the mass choir
• Private 45-minute workshop with one of the guest clinicians for your ensemble
• Event and pre-event rehearsal coordination
• Universal STARS program performance by your ensemble (optional)
• Limited opportunity for your director to conduct a portion of the concert based upon availability

How to Apply

Cornucopia of Sound is the perfect way to reward your talented students with a showcase opportunity like no other. There will be “plenty” of rewarding performances and “plenty” of fun! Choirs and singers are accepted by application, so be sure to register at Animado Events or call 844-335-7994 to find out more about this exclusive event.

Let Your Inner Star Shine in Nashville

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Nashville, Tennessee. My husband was attending a conference that highlighted Nashville as a great student destination and we stayed at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. Not only did we stay at the Gaylord, we stayed in the presidential suite at the Gaylord. Wow. It was bigger than my house and certainly more impressive!


Truly, that was my overall impression of Nashville wow! Everything is larger than life and so very impressive. Energy seems to pump out of each little honkey tonk and the people are wonderful, warm and welcoming. If youre looking for a unique student, performance or homeschool trip, Nashville should be at the top of your list!


History, science and, of course, music are at the heart of this lively capital city. For a glimpse of southern living at its historical best, visit the Belmont Mansion, the largest house museum in Tennessee. Step into the Hermitage, a jewel of the antebellum south and home of President Andrew Jackson. Backtrack just a bit further in time to The Parthenon, a full-sized replica of the Greek original built in 1897 for Tennessees Centennial Exposition.


For a more educational slant, be sure to stop at the Adventure Science Center, with interactive exhibits and award-winning programs guaranteed to inspire any budding scientist. Explore the exquisite Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum for beautiful gardens and galleries. Take in the Nashville Zoo, a 200-acre zoo and historic plantation farmhouse just outside of Nashville. So much fun and so much to learn!


At its core, however, Nashville IS the Music City! The sights and sounds of country music are the essence and soul of this town. The Ryman Auditorium, known as the Mother Church of Country Music, is a must-see. Take in a show or tour and youll feel the history of the place. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum for a nitty gritty exploration of the roots of country music. Sidestep over to the Wildhorse Saloon for outstanding grub AND line dancing lessons! Of course, you cant visit Nashville without a backstage pass to the famed Grand Ole Opry– you never know who youll run into!


Perhaps best of all, you and your students can be stars for a day on the Historic RCA Studio B tour! Walk the iconic halls of the recording studio of Elvis Presley and other music industry giants and spend time in the studio at the legendary microphone with a professional sound engineer. Very cool!


All of these incredible attractions are student friendly, easily accessible and just scratch the surface of what is available. As a destination, Nashville is as on fleek as they come (hmm I will have to ask my ten-year old if I used that term correctly). If you are looking for an exceptional travel opportunity for student, performance or homeschool groups, consider Nashville as an outstanding option. Much like the Gaylord, it is larger than life and very impressive!

Find out more about planning a student trip to Nashville by contacting the experts at Kaleidoscope Adventures, specializing in student and performance trips for more than 20 years! Call 800-774-7337 or email info@kaleidoscopeadventures.com. Kaleidoscope Adventures will handle all the details of your trip with precision and personal attention.