2019 New York/Carnegie Hall FAQ

College Park choir students will travel to New York June 8-12, 2019. The tour will feature exciting performances at Carnegie Hall and Central Park. Please check this page for more complete information in fall of '18.

Q. When is the New York tour?
    A. June 8-12, 2019.

Q. Are all students eligible to go?
    A. All students are eligible to go on the trip, provided that they meet the trip eligibility requirements. These requirements include maintaining a minimum GPA, excellent behavior, and good attendance. 

Q. Is the trip mandatory for choir students?
    A. No. Students are not required to go, and their grade will not be impacted one way or the other.

Q. How much will the trip cost?
    A. The trip cost is $1,088 per student, plus airfare and recreational add-ons, based on quad occupancy. We anticipate that the total cost will be around $1,800-$1,900 per person. This cost will be reduced somewhat, depending on the success of our SnapRaise fundraiser in late August.

Q. Will there be fundraising opportunities to help pay for the trip?
    A. Absolutely, we will be holding fundraisers throughout the fall and winter so that students can raise money for the trip, including: 
  • SnapRaise (online crowdsource fundraising).
  • Popcorn Palace (Oct)
  • Carol-o-grams (customized musical holiday greetings) (Nov-Dec)
Q. I have heard that all trips are supposed to be free. Is this true?
    A. California law AB1575 mandates school field trips to be free for all students. But it does not apply to optional extra-curricular trips outside of the school year. So although we will be raising money to assist families in paying for the trip so that all students who are interested might be able to go - regardless of financial status, this will be considered an independent trip according to MDUSD school board field trip policies. All trip fees must be paid in full according to a payment schedule that will be published in the fall. We will be working very hard to reduce the overall trip cost for all families, but the outcome of our fundraising efforts is hard to predict.

Q. Will there be chaperones for the trip?
    A. We are planning on having one chaperone for every 12 students.  Chaperones pay a reduced fee, based on double occupancy, and will be assigned a group of students that they will be responsible for. Please contact Mr. Rockwell if you are interested in chaperoning.

Q. Are other family members allowed to come on the trip?
    A. Families are encouraged to participate in the trip. They will pay the quoted per-person price for quad occupancy. If fewer than four people will be staying in a hotel room, the prices are as follows: Triple occupancy - $1,198.00, Double occupancy - $1,428.00, Single occupancy - $2,098.00. Again, these prices do not include airfare or sightseeing opportunities.

Although family members are welcome to participate in the trip, they will be expected to respect the peer group experience of the students, and not take them out of group events or meals. Everybody traveling with the group will fly out of SFO the morning of June 8. However, there will be some flexibility in choosing a different date for a return flight, if families wanted to extend their stay in New York beyond Wednesday, June 12th.