Group Testimonials

Here is a selection of remarks made about ACFEA tours:

The staff, chaperones and young musicians of Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings, across the board, had a wonderful and rewarding experience throughout our visit to Costa Rica. The ACFEA representatives on the group were top notch, especially our lead representative, Sylvia! On the US side, our Tour Manager, Catherine John, was wonderful to work with and made the whole planning process clear and well-managed. Top marks to all concerned!

Shawne Zarubica
Director of Youth Ensembles Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings

ACFEA always finds outstanding couriers. It’s money well spent, because a poor courier can spell disaster. I have regularly given your couriers eleven or twelve stars; you hire excellent talent.

Robert Russell
Director, ChoralArt

Jeffery was incredibly attentive and responsive to all pre-departure questions and requests. I was beyond pleased.

Thomas Lerew
Director, Trevecca Nazarene University Singers

We see travel as the piece that ties personal growth and community impact together. There’s no better way to learn about the world and yourself than to leave home and come back again.

Christopher Eanes
Artistic Director, Cincinnati Boychoir

I am so pleased with ACFEA in every way. From start to finish, this was an excellent trip for us. Thank you for being such a good company, and for taking such good care of us.

Stephen Bolster
Director, Berea College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers

Thank you for putting together an absolutely outstanding experience for the Houston Symphony Chorus.  All three of our concerts provided memories of a lifetime, and, logistically, everything was as close to perfect as one could hope for, including the weather.

Betsy Cook Weber
Director, Houston Symphony Chorus

Amanda was fantastic to work with. Personable, friendly, knowledgeable, kind, helpful, just to name a few qualities. I have nothing but positive feedback for her.

Lindsey Nova
Executive Director, Three Rivers’ Young People's Orchestra

I am always amazed at how well your staff listens to us – whether over email or in a phone conversation. Follow-up itinerary/email always includes answers or tweaks or suggestions based exactly on what we discussed. Thank you so much for great listening.

Martha Leonhardt
Managing Director, Tacoma Youth Chorus

We choose ACFEA because they “get us” and know how to plan the perfect tour for our group. We want great venues filled with enthusiastic and knowledgeable audience members. They provide this for us every time.

Edward Kreitman
Director, Western Springs School of Talent Education

There is an important educational part of touring. It expands cultural awareness of other parts of the world and helps our singers become global citizens. Touring opens up the world to our young women, many who would never have such an experience in their lives.

Susan McMane
Artistic & Executive Director, Young Women's Choral Projects of San Francisco

Arranging a trip for a large marching band is definitely both rewarding as well as challenging, but ACFEA helped lower the challenges and those potential last-minute surprises that we as directors always dread thanks to their highly professional and seasoned staff.”

Brad McDavid
Director, University of Washington Husky Marching Band

Your attention to details, your connections that provide outstanding venues, and your professional couriers and bus drivers are what keep us as your clients!”

Paul Raaen
Artistic Director, Brunswick Blue Notes

We had a well-conceived itinerary, the right number of concerts, excellent sight-seeing, beautiful hotels, wonderful food, enthusiastic expert couriers and guides. I think this experience was a tremendous value for the price paid.”

Charles Moore
Executive Director, Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony

I wanted to thank you for all of your work in putting together our tour. We had an amazing time. All three venues were great and the audiences were so appreciative of our playing. We ran out of encores at every venue and the Viennese even broke into that unison applause that is a rare honor. The hotels were also very good and the whole trip moved along like clockwork, just the way I like it. Our tour guides Dace and Jennifer were absolutely fantastic and they added so much knowledge, good nature and care to all that we did.”

Christopher Russell
Director, Orange County School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra

The experience was life-changing for our students. Many had never been out of the country; several had never been on a plane. To have the experience to travel to a country as beautiful and welcoming as Colombia is without parallel. Our students grew as musicians, as cultural citizens and as people. As an educator, I could not have asked for a better outcome.”

Elizabeth Schurgin
Executive Director, DC Youth Orchestra Program

Thank you very much for all of your work putting together for us a wonderful tour! We saw amazing sites, played in wonderful concert halls, and played for very receptive audiences.

Allen Tinkham
Director, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras

This was one of the best tours the Chamber Choir has taken. It was extremely well planned and well organized. The venues were amazing and hotels were very good. ACFEA is a first class act.

Karen Soderberg-Sarnaker
Former Director, Frostburg State University Chamber Choir

We had a tremendous concert experience last night in front of an estimated 1,500 at the Bach-Denkmal in Leipzig, a perfect ending to what has been a great tour, but just wanted to say thanks for an outstanding experience for our singers.”

Leonard Ratzlaff
Director, Richard Eaton Singers

Probably the best of my 18 international tours. Wonderful country, people, hospitality, great weather and food. Concerts were extremely well publicized, great venues. We were on TV – a great experience. The workshop with the Bilkent University Choir went very well.”

Gordon Spice
Former Director, Washington and Lee University Chamber Singers

Our tour to South Africa was a life-changing experience that the students will never forget – and was the best tour I have ever taken in my life.”

Edie Copley
Director, Northern Arizona University Shrine of the Ages Choir and the Master Chorale of Flagstaff

ACFEA proves again why they are the leaders in their field. Every detail, arrangement and point of contact was expertly handled with the utmost professionalism. When you travel with ACFEA, you get to pour your energy where it should be – the musical experience.”

Christopher Gravis
Director, The Choir of St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church

I couldn’t have asked for anything better! From our very first meeting to the last day of the tour, I had confidence that ACFEA would provide an outstanding experience. You exceeded every expectation I had! Thank you for such an awesome experience.”

Iris Levine
Director, Vox Femina Los Angeles

I was extremely pleased with this tour and the highly professional manner in which it was planned and carried out. The venues were excellent, our concerts were well publicized and attended, all travel arrangements went on without a problem, and the itinerary was just right.”

Jeffrey Riehl
Director, University of Richmond Schola Cantorum

Overall, this was a super tour – everything I had hoped it would be and more!”

Florence Jowers
Former Director, Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus

This tour was exceptional: the quality of performance venues; great audiences; the number of performances balanced with relaxation time and sightseeing. We were well cared for and enjoyed every minute.”

Deborah DeSantis
Artistic Director, Colorado Children's Chorale

It’s hard to believe that we are already on the final days of our tour. Words cannot express what a fantastic trip we are having. Accommodations, tours and meals have all been superb. Performance venues have been stunningly beautiful, and concerts have been extremely well attended with standing room only for all of the evening performances. The cities we have visited have been lovely and interesting. Dragana and Stavvas are the best! Professional, efficient, thoughtful, very much in control, yet kind, friendly and flexible. My choir members simply adore both of them. Thank you so much and congratulations for forming and directing such a wonderful organization.”

Mitchell Covington
Former Director, Berkeley First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir

All the tour planning was excellent. ACFEA staff was always friendly, available, professional and returned all calls and emails efficiently. A delight to work with you all!”

Stephen Sano
Artistic Director, Stanford University Chamber Chorale

ACFEA is an outstanding organization – attentive to detail, enterprising and creative in tour itinerary and concert venues with a staff of first-rate professionals.”

Robert Russell
Former Director, University of Southern Maine Chamber Singers

This was another great touring partnership. Thank you to Amanda and her team for working with us to provide a wonderful tour experience for our choristers.”

Kathryn Atkin
Executive Director, Shallaway

I could not be more pleased with the level of support and service I received for our tour. From the moment we signed on, throughout the planning process, to the tour itself, everything was exceptionally well managed and organized. Thank you for helping to make this a wonderful and memorable trip!”

Joel Scraper
Director, University of South Carolina Aiken Choir

Amazing and historic venues, utmost attention to details and a comprehensively planned tour make it a true delight to work and travel with ACFEA. As a director, it is so comforting to be able to relax and enjoy a tour, rather than being buried in all the logistical nuts and bolts. Thank you ACFEA for once again providing a memorable and successful international tour experience for my singers and me!”

Kevin Tison
Director of Vocal Music, Fountain Valley High School

I appreciate that ACFEA works hard on making the experience matter for our choir members. I’m aware that other companies offer gimmicks and perks for directors, but I’m happy that ACFEA emphasizes the experience of the paying participant more than rewarding the director with future free trips or other perks.

Kevin Turner
Director, Davidson UMC Chancel and Handbell Choirs

I am always impressed with the accessibility of ACFEA staff, from planning to implementation. I feel as though ours is the only tour happening – and I know that’s not true!”

Deborah DeSantis
Artistic Director, Colorado Children's Chorale

With the completion of our fourth international trip with ACFEA, the Allegro staff is once again blown away by the thoughtful care and creativity in planning and executing our tour.

Christy Elsner
Founder and Artistic Director, Allegro Choirs of Kansas City

I know that all our members were very happy with the tour and festival. Many wonderful memories will stay with us forever. Our board is meeting soon to try and take stock of the whole experience and learn from it. Generally, I think there is strong agreement we want to tour again. Thank you for several years of hard work and thousands of emails, etc. I think GGMC was very pleased with our experience.

Tom Grothe
Tour Coordinator, Golden Gate Men's Chorus

Easily the best international tour I’ve been on, largely due to ACFEA’s work and organization. Thank you all so much, we will most definitely work together again in the future! Thank you so much!

John Brough
Artistic Director, Da Camera Singers

It’s hard to believe that we are already on the final days of our tour. Words cannot express what a fantastic trip we are having. Accommodations, tours and meals have all been superb. Performance venues have been stunningly beautiful, and concerts have been extremely well attended with standing room only for all of the evening performances. The cities we have visited have been lovely and interesting. Dragana and Stavvas are the best! Professional, efficient, thoughtful, very much in control, yet kind, friendly and flexible. My choir members simply adore both of them. Thank you so much and congratulations for forming and directing such a wonderful organization.

Mitchell Covington
Former Director, Berkeley First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir

This tour was as wrinkle-free as any I have experienced with ACFEA. Everything from the proposal to the planning and execution was excellent. I appreciate that ACFEA works hard on making the experience matter for our choir members. I’m aware that other companies offer gimmicks and perks for directors, but I’m happy that ACFEA emphasizes the experience of the paying participant more than rewarding the director with future free trips or other perks.

Kevin Turner
Director, Davidson UMC Chancel and Handbell Choirs

We have toured five times with ACFEA. They are consummate professionals, attentive in every way to give you the tour that you want. They listen, they respond, and they attend to details, which makes the tour experience memorable in every respect.

Robert Russell
Former Director, University of Southern Maine Chamber Singers

I could not be more pleased with the level of support and service I received for our tour. From the moment we signed on, throughout the planning process, to the tour itself, everything was exceptionally well managed and organized. Thank you for helping to make this a wonderful and memorable trip!

Joel Scraper
Director, University of South Carolina Aiken Choir

There are not enough superlatives to describe Pieter Myburgh. His service and the way he took care of us was far, far beyond our expectations. The special requests, dietary challenges and needs of several members of our group were satisfied efficiently and graciously. We were truly blessed to have Pieter as our courier.

Linda Ross
Tour Coordinator, Buffalo Suzuki Strings

Costa Rica is a beautiful and interesting country for a tour and we had very responsive and appreciative audiences. The visits to volcanoes and cloud forests were of great interest to our young performers and the catered food was always first rate.”

Ian Robertson
Director, San Francisco Boys' Chorus

This was another great touring partnership. Thank you to Amanda and her team for working with us to provide a wonderful tour experience for our choristers.

Kathryn Atkin
Executive Director, Shallaway

The students are changed forever, they were transformed at every concert and with every experience. They took advantage of every minute and saw and did an enormous amount in the week – it was such an easy and fabulous tour. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Therees Tkach Hibbard
Director, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chamber Singers

ACFEA proves again why they are the leaders in their field. Every detail, arrangement and point of contact was expertly handled with the utmost professionalism. When you travel with ACFEA, you get to pour your energy where it should be – the musical experience.

Christopher Gravis
Director, The Choir of St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church

I would wholeheartedly recommend ACFEA for their expertise, person attention and their flawless planning to make your own performance tour something extraordinary…for director and students alike!

Kevin Tison
Director of Vocal Music, Fountain Valley High School

Overall, this was a super tour – everything I had hoped it would be and more!

Florence Jowers
Former Director, Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus

What I really love about Russia as a concert tour destination is that you really never know what to expect, and I mean that in a good way. Sometimes the spur-of-the-moment events that always seem to happen on Russia tours are the most memorable.”

Hugh Davies
ACFEA Tour Manager

This was the trip of a lifetime for all involved and I am so grateful for all ACFEA did to make it possible. I wouldn’t have changed anything and look forward to working with you again to plan a tour in the future.

Jodi Kratzer
Choir Manager, St. Louis Children's Choirs

We did not want to attempt international tours on our own. After you planned our tour in 2008 to Austria, we would never consider looking for another tour company!

Christy Elsner
Founder and Artistic Director, Allegro Children's Choir

This was my first trip/tour with a group of high school students. ACFEA/Christa made it so easy. Christa even came to my school to meet with me, and later to meet with my students. What service! I will always use ACFEA for tours. I could not have been happier with this company.

Todd Wedge
San Francisco School of the Arts

I continue to return to ACFEA (my 5th tour with the company) because I can count on receiving an outstanding tour for my ensembles.

William Bausano
Director, Miami University Choraliers and Chamber Singers

Having toured three times with ACFEA previously, I trusted that a wonderful tour would be planned – and it was!

Sharon Paul
Director, University of Oregon Chamber Singers

This was our third tour with ACFEA. Each tour has been outstanding in every way, but South Africa was much more than we could have ever imagined. The scenery, history, warm people, and excellent concert venues overloaded our senses.

Jamie Meaders
Former Director, Mississippi College Singers

Pieter Myburgh (ACFEA South Africa Manager) was a hit with the students from the outset. He has a winsome personality that connected with students and chaperones. The concert at Kwa Thema and homestays that followed could have been our best international experience to date.

Jamie Meaders
Former Director, Mississippi College Singers

Overall, of the 6 or so tours I’ve done with ACFEA, this was the best. It’s a big undertaking and couriers Marianne and André were solid, reliable and a pleasure to work with – this is one of the key components to a successful trip.

Catherine Weiskel
Executive Director, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras

I couldn’t have asked for anything better! From our very first meeting to the last day of the tour, I had confidence that ACFEA would provide an outstanding experience. You exceeded every expectation I had! Thank you for such an awesome experience.

Iris Levine
Director, Vox Femina Los Angeles

We are going with the most highly respected tour company, ACFEA. All they do is performing arts tours. We have used them exclusively for over twenty years. They are not the cheapest, but they are the best. We have had consistently great tours with them every year.

David Kipp
Director, Texas A&M Singing Cadets

Nobody prepares tours better than ACFEA! The tour organizing and pre-planning is beyond reproach.

Rodger Guerrero
Director, Harvard-Westlake Chamber Singers

Even with considerable limitations of time and budget, ACFEA accomplished an amazing feat in planning and implementing our tour. This was my fifth international tour, and it easily superseded all the rest. I will never travel with another carrier.

Randy Haldeman
Director, University of North Carolina Charlotte Chorale