Next-door to Haiti on the island of Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic enjoys the Caribbean’s signature year-round summer, sugar-white beaches, palm trees and crystal clear waters teeming with rainbow-hued fish. Its history as the first permanent European settlement in the Americas has also gifted it with some of the Americas’ oldest castles, cathedrals and enviable collections of Spanish Renaissance art. In the musical world, the Caribbean’s signature combination of indigenous, African and Spanish influences is magnified in the country’s national love of dancing and singing. Join in the festivities with a choral or orchestral tour in a country full of natural beauty, history and music.

Classical Movements has arranged tours to the Caribbean since 1995. In 2008, they organized a service tour for the Association of Yale Alumni to the Dominican Republic where they built houses, cultivated gardens and serviced ambulatory clinics. Upon landing, they were even greeted by then-President Leonel Fernández. Thereafter we arranged a concert and service tour for the Yale Glee Club to Santo Domingo and the agricultural area of San Juan de la Magauna.

🇩🇴 Sights & Sounds 🇩🇴

  • Santo Domingo
  • Theaters & festivals in the Plaza of Culture
  • Santiago| Jarabacoa
  • San Juan de la Maguana
  • Cathedral of Santa María la Menor: the Americas’ oldest cathedral
  • Alcázar de Colón
  • Beach resorts
  • Historical village at Altos de Chavon
  • Amphitheater
  • Merengue music & dance
  • Renaissance art & architecture

Testimonials

I realize that it must have taken extraordinary efforts to organize a service tour of that magnitude. Thank you for arranging a safe journey for all of us and for providing us with many opportunities to become culturally acquainted with the DR. I especially loved how you arranged for the President to greet us!

-Association of Yale Alumni

I wanted to thank you for all your efforts on behalf of YOA. It was great having you with us overseeing the logistical details of the travel process and I enjoyed working with you.

-Youth Orchestra of the Americas

Press

Classical Movements is based in Alexandria but works mainly overseas, arranging tours by American orchestras and choruses and running music festivals all over the world. ‘Choral music is becoming so international,’ Helms says. ‘There was a time when it was all Handel, Bach, Mozart and such. But now there are so many fantastic composers. And in the course of their tours, so many American groups have started learning Maori, Chinese, South African and Brazilian songs. In the process of taking American groups around the world, we have had so many exchanges and collaborations, and we’ve had a great number of groups that wanted to come to the States,’ Helms says.

-Washington Post, Mark Jenkins | June 22, 2011

Neeta Helms, president of Classical Movements explains: ‘We are very aware that parents of the children pay a lot to give their children this [travel and music] experience. For them it’s a trip of a lifetime, and we want to deliver a high-quality music product.’

-Opus Osm, Mary Matz | July 18, 2011

Can you afford to ignore the company that does the tour arrangements for some of Washington’s premier institutions…the best tour agents in the world?

-Gala News, Judy Brophy (Choral Arts Society of Washington) | Fall, 1996

Classical Movements is the go-to company for ensembles planning concert tours.

-Baltimore Sun, Tim Smith | June 29, 2012

Music moves people. And then there are the people who move the music. From the corner of her second-story command center in a charming-but-creaky three-story townhouse in Old Town, Classical Movements founder Neeta Helms delivers musicians and singers all over the world with the precision of a Steinway piano tuner.

-Washington Post, Thomas Heath | Sept. 16, 2013

The tour is a very special occasion for us. It is important that the music and the long tradition of the Escolania is known.’ It is why Neeta Helms, founder of Classical Movements, the group presenting the choir in Washington and New York, considers this tour to be a rare look at the Escolania’s long tradition and exceptional talent.

-Washington Post, Katherine Boyle (quoting Bernat Vivancos) | March 16, 2014

Classical Movements is a concert touring company dedicated to arranging tours for choirs and ensembles all over the world. [Neeta] Helms calls the group a one-stop shop; booking hotels and meals for the touring ensembles and connecting them with performance venues. In addition, the group also produces four international music festivals every year (in Argentina and Brazil, Austria, South Africa and Washington, D.C.).

-Bethesda Gazette, Cara Hedgepeth | June 25, 2012

For comfort and safety a comprehensive tour package run by an experienced company such as Blue Heart Tours is the way to go.

-McCall’s | April 1998

Few companies can count 2,034 clients in their very first year of operation.

-Jax Fax Travel Magazine | June 1994