Located in southeastern Louisiana where it straddles the Mississippi River, New Orleans was founded in 1718 and named after Philippe II, Duc d’Orleans, Regent of France. Best known for its annual Mardi Gras celebration, New Orleans is a vibrant city with a rich, multicultural heritage. The city is home to outstanding cuisine, beautiful architecture, and a vast array of wonderful museums. It hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year.
Music has always been an essential part of the fabric of New Orleans. Through a unique blending of European instruments and traditions with African rhythms, jazz was born here and continues to serve as the pulse of the city. Your ensemble can contribute to the creative atmosphere by performing at local venues such as the stunning St. Louis Cathedral and by sharing your music with the city's elder generations. A jazz workshop with leading jazz educators at the University of New Orleans will submerge you in this unique American art form.
Enjoy a concert tour of New Orleans, and let yourself be immersed in all that the city has to offer as you share your music with local people.