Classical Movements has led its distinguished and diverse performing arts clientele to destinations both daring and unconventional, well-known and well-loved. (Committed to ecotourism, every passenger who travels with us receives a hand-woven bag spun by independent craftswomen—Central Vietnam in 2016, South Africa for 2017—to hold their important travel documents, too.) With an unparalleled reputation in the developing world, especially, whenever possible, we duly encourage and faithfully facilitate a variety of direct-action service projects in these regions, such as:

  • Immersive visits and subsequent donations to orphanages, charities, non-governmental organizations and not-for-profit initiatives
  • Performance opportunities for ensembles and concert access for audiences otherwise bereft of live music accommodations
  • Home building/improvement and neighborhood revitalization efforts

Service Spotlights

Ihlombe! Choral Festival

In 2009, to celebrate 15 years of touring to post-apartheid South Africa, Classical Movements launched the Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival. The Zulu word for "applause," apropos, Ihlombe! quickly became the largest annual international choral gathering in the Rainbow Nation, all the while giving back via wide array of musical outreach—everything from restoring the 1919 choir loft at St. Hubert’s Catholic Church in Johannesburg, free clinics with George Gobinga Mxadana and his historic Imilonji kaNthu Choral Society of Soweto, impromptu performances for patients at Pretoria’s Steve Biko Academic Hospital, to commissioning new music from leading South African composers, such as Bongani Ndodana-Breen, Mokale Koapeng and Stephen Carletti. Shining examples of recent direct-action projects have included heartwarming interactions with the orphaned babies and vulnerable young people Rosie Mashale cares for at Baphumelele Children’s Home in the Khayelitsha township, as well as uplifting visits to Cape Town’s Amy Biehl Foundation Trust, a non-profit that advocates for racial and economic justice in the slain activist’s name. Tim Sharpe, Music Director of Miami Children’s Chorus, writes, “Our lives will never be the same. Thank you for the positive change on my life and the lives of all who experienced Ihlombe!”

Vietnam Necklace Project 

Inspired by the work of American photographer Catherine Karnow, whose images document the effects of Agent Orange on the Vietnamese people—particularly, a photo of a little girl from Danang, Nguyen Thi Ly, and her prized plastic pearls—one of Classical Movements’ most unique efforts is the Vietnam Necklace Project. An ongoing solicitation for our clients touring mainland and maritime Southeast Asia, we graciously accept any necklace, bracelet or other piece of costume jewelry, as well as small trinkets and toys, that can be packed in a suitcase (or instrument case) and hand-delivered to these appreciative and inspiring children.

Building, Improving Homes

Partnering on the ground with local branches of well-respected international organizations like the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity and the Niall Mellon Township Trust, Classical Movements has made it possible for orchestral, choral and even wind band clients to actively participate in home building and beautification projects in areas as diverse as Australia, Central America and South Africa.


Classical Movements is dedicated to facilitating collaborations between our touring ensembles and local music groups in countries all over the world.


In an effort to broaden our clients’ musical knowledge, Classical Movements offers workshop opportunities with world-renowned conductors, clinicians and ensembles.


Apart from commissioning new works through our Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program, Classical Movements also contributes to a variety of organizations and causes that are important to life on earth.

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