Here is the daily update for Friday, July 21, 2017 for the Festival:

The Children of the World in Harmony Boyne City Concert was certainly the hottest ticket in town! Well done!!! A sincere thank you to the Kiwanis Club of Boyne City for Children of the World in Harmony to Boyne City! A link to the live concert is available at the Children of the World in Harmony Facebook page. Photos are also being uploaded to Please enjoy!

The Gala concert has arrived! The Gala will be held at the Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center which is a part of the Harbor Springs High School, 500 North Spring Street, Harbor Springs, MI 49740. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled time. It has been hot so we know it has been very important to stay hydrated. Please remind your choir members to keep track of their water bottles and recycle when finished. We're finding many abandoned in the bleachers. Thank you!

Tickets will be available for purchase beginning at 6:00pm. Will-call and on-line tickets may also be picked up beginning at 6:00pm. The doors will open at 6:30pm.

It has been so much fun getting to know each other! We're looking forward to an unforgettable evening.

Friday, July 21, 2017       All events this day are at the Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center

                                                      10:30am - Tech staff move in at Harbor Springs PAC.

1:00pm  - Festival Choir only Rehearses, please arrive a little early to be ready to  

                   begin rehearsal on time.  Bring concert attire.

3:00pm - All participants.  Dress rehearsal for Gala Concert. Bring concert attire

for evening concert.

5:00pm - All participants.  Dinner at Harbor Springs Cafeteria.

6:00pm - All participants.   Dress in Concert attire and makeup for all


6:30pm - Doors open to public.

7:00pm - All Festival groups to perform in the Festival Gala Concert - This

concert will include the VWB International Festival Choir and the 150 Voice Massed Choir.

Ticketed Adult $12 ­­­­­­– Students through High School $5 - Under five free.  Reserved seating, $25. Each host family will receive two free general admission tickets to the concert.  Tickets on sale at the Petoskey and Harbor Springs Chambers of Commerce and at the door.

                                                      9:15pmAll participants - host families pick up.

Without caring host famili
es, it would not be possible to present the 2017 Children of the World in Harmony International Youth Choir and Dance Festival.  Therefore, your application to be a host family is of great importance to us.  Our principal concern is that the festival participants are provided a safe, comfortable and caring environment during their stay.  We thank you for your generosity and for graciously opening your home and hearts to our festival participants. Being a host family allows for a uniquely personal Festival experience, and many lasting friendships have developed between hosts and guests throughout the years. Hosting responsibilities include providing lodging, breakfasts, some lunches and dinners, and transportation to and from rehearsals and performances. This is an investment of time and energy.  However, your efforts will be well worth it!

We are very concerned for the comfort and safety of our visiting choir members who will come not only from the United States but also from different countries representing a variety of cultures.  We ask that families who are willing to host the youth participants take two or more members.  This gives them some level of comfort especially if language is a problem.  They can turn to each other for support when necessary.  Background checks will be required of all host families. Whenever possible, each child should have his or her own bed, even if it is a comfortable mattress on the floor or a cot.  They certainly can share a room and a bathroom.


Visiting choir and dance groups will arrive on July 18, 2017 and depart on the morning of July 23, 2017.  Visit FORMS to download an application.