It is with great excitement that I write to tell you about Celebration Concert Tours! Recently, 280+ of my members & I enjoyed the incredible heart, work & ministry of this great company. The entire staff are dedicated to making sure the “client” is truly taken care of!
From the very beginning through the final hour, my folks and I were handled with “TLC” like we have never experienced before! If you are looking for an opportunity for your choir & orchestra to travel together, hands down I would recommend CCT. They are “Topshelf” in EVERY way! Use them…I did, and plan to do so again!Scott WhiteSenior Minister of Music and Worship, First Baptist Church, Woodstock
When you look up EXCELLENCE and TEAM in the dictionary it should say Celebration Concert Tours! Never before have I seen an organization do what they do as efficiently and with such care for people as CCT. It is obvious they love the Lord and that their love for Him and people give them great passion in their ministry!
I always count it a blessing when I get to experience one of those “God-moments” in ministry that was very clearly ordained, planned, and blessed by the Lord. You know when that’s happening because of the ministry moments that occur and the way lives are changed. The Bellevue Choir and Orchestra just experienced 5 days of that on our New York Worship Celebration trip with Celebration Concert Tours. Our people were able to be ministry focused and we saw the Lord do amazing things in our midst. I truly believe a big reason for all of that was the incredible heart for ministry and professional excellence displayed by Phil Barfoot and his team!
From the initial roll-out meeting through the last person’s arrival back in Memphis, CCT was on top of every detail. Their attention to detail is over-the-top and their experience with group travel shows in every decision. As a leader, I needed to know that my people were going to be cared for. With CCT, I always knew they were in great hands. The attention to group needs was constantly monitored but they didn’t overlook individual needs in the process!
Our group fell in love with the CCT staff almost immediately. If you’re considering taking your group on a ministry trip (and you should), you definitely want to work with Phil Barfoot and Celebration Concert Tours. You’ll hear from your folks what I’ve heard too many times to count, “My life will never be the same because of this trip. Praise God for Phil and his team!”Mark BlairWorship Pastor, Bellevue Baptist Church
In the Christian realm, servant leadership is more than a strategy, it’s Godly. The Bible says Jesus came not to be served, but to serve. The highest compliment I can give to Phil, Sheri and the Celebration Concert Tours team is to affirm their commitment to Christ, shown through tireless, consistent courtesy and care extended to each individual.
During our tours to NYC and Washington D.C., everyone was treated equally and generously as honored guests. In moments of injury or illness, care was immediate and appropriate. In moments demanding flexibility, it abounded. Your church family and musicians are their priority! They are your biggest fans and cheerleaders.I also appreciate Phil’s commitment to excellence. The hotels, buses, etc., are high in quality – just what you want your musicians and church family to experience!I think of Phil and his team as modern day shepherds rather than tour hosts. To God be the glory!Dr. Doran BuggMusic & Worship Minister
First Baptist Church of Dallas, TX
I have now done three events with Celebration Concert Tours, both domestic and international. On every occasion, they have been an absolute pleasure to work with and extremely organized! Phil Barfoot and his team are always able to get their groups into the best venues, they stay at the best hotels, and they always find the best food. Bottom line is, this company does it right! I look forward to doing many more trips with Phil Barfoot and Celebration Concert Tours!Charles BillingsleyWorship Leader, Thomas Road Baptist Church / Artist in Residence, Liberty University
I want to thank Phil Barfoot and Celebration Concert Tours for such an over-the-top music-in-mission trip to England. From the initial meetings throughout the entire process, Phil and his team guided us gracefully through the administrative and logistical elements, which allowed us to concentrate on the ministry portion of this trip. The accommodations, transportation, and food were all stellar, and the concerts exceeded our expectations as opportunities to exalt the name of the Lord Jesus. In fact, a single opportunity (recording at Trinity Broadcasting Network, UK) impacted more people than Idlewild has ever impacted to date—29 million homes representing 69 million people! As a Worship Leader, I can’t tell you how much it helped to not have the administrative responsibility on my shoulders. It is so unusual for me to be able to totally focus on choir members participating in the concerts. In addition to the valuable ministry opportunities, we also had the joy of seeing all the major attractions that any tourist would want to see. I absolutely thought it was a PERFECT balance of touring and ministry. To the person, every attendee expressed their great gratitude for a once in a lifetime trip and that it was worth their time, energies, and resources to attend. Let’s do it again!Dr. Ron UptonMinister of Music, Idlewild Baptist Church
My church choir and I had the most incredible experience on our New York trip with Celebration Concert Tours International! Honestly, everything about the trip was done with excellence and with great care for every person. I was amazed at the great detail in their preparation. Everything about the trip went off without a hitch. Whatever fears or concerns anyone might have had about traveling with such a large group were put to rest. Every outing, every event, every meal…all of it was a joy! My choir is still talking about it like it was yesterday. It was a trip of a lifetime for us and I can’t wait to do it again! One of the things that made CCT’s trip so special is that they cared for the spirit of the trip. My heart was blessed by how they worked to keep our time at Carnegie Hall so Jesus-focused. We didn’t just sing, we worshipped and it was a moment in time for which I will always thank the Lord! If you have a chance to go on one of these trips with CCT, DO IT! You’ll be so blessed because you did!Travis CottrellChristian Artist, Worship Pastor, Englewood Baptist Church
If your choir wants to have a wonderful bonding experience, a great concert experience and a trip of a lifetime, you need to do an event with my friend Phil Barfoot and Celebration Concert Tours! I highly recommend them. They are fantastic! We’ve had a blast! You need to be a part of it next time!Mike HarlandDirector, LifeWay Worship
Celebration Concert Tours is first class all the way! The Barfoots and their team took care of every one of my conditions and concerns. Their eye for detail and care for our people is incredible. I appreciate their team jumping in and not only helping lead the group, but also being a part of the ministry aspects of the trip. This really built trust and friendships within the group and created a tremendous atmosphere. I truly believe a Choir and Orchestra doesn’t become what they can be until they get outside the church walls and CCT believes in making this possible for so many churches. Our people can’t wait for the next trip with CCT!John BolinMinister of Worship & Arts, Houston's First Baptist Church
Phil Barfoot and his team at Celebration Concert Tours did a fantastic job for us in organizing and executing all the details for our trip to New York City. Every bus, meal, and hotel room was ready right on time and helped us to relax and enjoy the journey. Topped off with our incredible night in Carnegie Hall, this was the trip of a lifetime! For the Shadow Mountain Team, we were able to put all of our focus on the music and the ministry. This could never have happened without the care given by the CCT staff. Thank you!Tobin DavisMinister of Music
Shadow Mountain Community Church, El Cajon, CA
We were told before our trip to NYC that it would be the “trip of a lifetime.” Well, without hesitation, I can say that it was indeed that!! From day one, Celebration Concert Tours did an amazing job taking care of every need! Every member of our ministry came back raving about the experience. If there was a question, they provided an answer. Celebration Concert Tours covered every detail so that we could experience “God moments” in NYC! The only question our people had upon returning was, “When are we taking another trip?” And we have already begun those conversations. Let Celebration Concert Tours take you around the world…you will NOT be disappointed!Jason BrelandWorship Pastor
Grace Baptist Church, Knoxville, TN
In June of 2017, Concord Worship was hosted by Celebration Concert Tours for an amazing ministry trip to New York City. From Carnegie Hall to Dinner Cruises to worship in one of our favorite houses of worship, Celebration Concert Tours planned and executed one of the finest trips I’ve ever experienced! Phil Barfoot and his staff are consummate professionals who not only direct every fine detail, but truly care for people! In comparison to other tour options, Celebration Concert Tours understands ministry and people and assures both are priority. For us, our participants are already clamoring for the next trip!Having hosted my own international trips, I have the unique perspective of the size and scope of planning and implementing trips with large numbers of people. Now having taken a trip with Celebration Concert Tours, I will without hesitation hand over the enormous details of the trip so I can focus on what God has called myself and our worship leaders to do – lead others to the throne! If you choose to trust Celebration Concert Tours for a ministry trip, you will not regret it! Instead, your people will have one of the greatest ministry experiences of their lives!Jeff LawrenceExecutive Pastor of Worship
First Concord, Knoxville, TN
WHAT an incredible journey the trip we made with you and the choir and orchestra of First Baptist, Dallas to Washington D.C. was! It is hard express in mere words and sentences the heights of musical joy and the depths of spiritual satisfaction we encountered during every moment of the experience! Those moments would not have been possible without the absolutely FLAWLESS logistics and seamless execution of details that you and your amazing staff presided over! Having toured nationally and internationally with many choir members over 40 years, I am well aware how the success of such an endeavor is TOTALLY dependent on that kind of support! When Doran Bugg invited Kristi and I to “tag along” and be “non-working” observers, it afforded us the opportunity to objectively assess the kind of service Celebration Concert Tours International provides and it was a WONDER to behold!The food, the accommodations, the scheduling, the transportation, the concert venues, and the “extras” were truly of the highest order and quality! All of that resulted in a world class experience! Having Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert take us onto the floors of the Senate and House and deliver an historical overview of our country from a Christian world view in the Rotunda of the Capitol was the experience of a LIFETIME!! And THEN to sing “Praise His Holy Name” in the billowing acoustics of that glorious space was RAPTUROUS!!!Thank you for THE experience of my life!I pray the Lord’s RICHEST blessings on your EVERY endeavor as you serve Him so wondrously well!Gary MooreSenior Associate Pastor
Second Baptist Church, Houston, TX
I must say that Phil Barfoot and Celebration Concert Tours went way beyond all expectations in arranging, administrating, and organizing our New York Worship Project. With 345 singers and musicians on a 5 night tour, no detail was too small, no individual was non-important, and all logistics were planned in great detail. Our goal was to encounter a “God-sized” event, and Celebration Concert Tours worked tirelessly to help make it happen. With concerts in Central Park, Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Tabernacle, and a flash mob set in Times Square, Celebration Concert Tours help make every contact and arrangement. In addition, they facilitated dividing 345 singers and musicians into 12 teams for ministry in 12 new church plants in the metro New York City area. I am grateful for their heart for people, passion for ministry, and desire to cover every detail!Terry WilliamsDirector, Music & Worship Ministries
Florida Baptist Convention
What a great week! Thanks to you and your team for giving my NYC group a memory that will last a lifetime. Our week in New York City during the Thanksgiving season and the opportunity to sing in Carnegie Hall as hundreds of people worshiped the Lord was an experience of a lifetime. My people are still talking about it! The trip to Brooklyn Tabernacle was wonderful, too. Most of my group had never been there before. One of the best things for me was to have an opportunity to build relationships with my choir members beyond our regular scope of ministry.
Hats off to you and CCT for handling the details and for going “above and beyond” in many areas to make it an excellent trip in every way. I hope to join you again on another trip.Dr. Randy C. LindWorship & Music Specialist, Conductor, Singing Men of Oklahoma
Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma
Oklahoma CIty, OK
We just returned from taking our Worship Choir on tour throughout Italy with Phil Barfoot and Celebration Concert Tours International. This was our first tour with CCT and to say it was a tremendous experience is an understatement. Every detail was taken care of, every need was met, the sights we saw were spectacular and the concerts were a lifelong blessing to our people. The churches where we sang were absolutely magnificent and the people attending the concerts were sincerely warm and welcoming. Phil, his wife Sheri and their team went above and beyond to take care of our people and every detail to insure this was truly a trip of a lifetime. . This company is both professional and personal. It was an AMAZING experience. Thanks Phil to you and your staff…you guys redefine the meaning of “excellence”.Wayne FancherPastor of Worship, Second Baptist Church, West Campus
Celebration Concert Tours is your one-stop source for tour planning. Phil and the team do an amazing job taking care of every detail so you can focus on the music, spend time with your people, and just have fun! I recently took almost 100 people to Eastern Europe and everything was flawless – concert venues, meals, sight-seeing and tour guides…every detail was superbly planned and executed. By the end of our tour 3/4 of the group had already signed up for the next trip! I plan to use Phil and Celebration Concert Tours for every trip I take from now on!Brent DyerWorship Pastor, Champion Forest Baptist Church
We took our very first Worship Ministry Mission trip this year with Phil Barfoot and CCT to Israel. Incredible is the best word that comes to mind. Our ministry team was overwhelmed with how well the trip was put together. We had the pleasure of not only seeing the Holy Land but Phil opened up doors of opportunity for us to minister to a community of Palestinian Christians. We led worship in their churches along with leading and teaching at Bethlehem Bible College. This trip was unforgettable. As a person who has led many mission trips, I was especially impressed with Phil’s attention to the small details. Lining up special venues for us to gather, to worship, and to share made the trip extra special. We are looking forward to our next adventure with CCT!!Dale WilburWorship Arts Pastor, The Heights Baptist Church
Colonial Heights, VA
I have taken two choir trips with Celebration Concert Tours. The first trip was to sing at the London Praise Festival at the Royal College of Music in London and the Paroisse de la Madeleine in Paris, France. The ministry opportunities were awesome and the sightseeing and accommodations were first class on both trips. My experience with the folks at Celebration Concert Tours is that they are meticulous in anticipating and executing every detail of the trip. I had no worries whatsoever. Everything was extremely well planned. These trips did more for building morale and fellowship in my choirs than just about anything I have ever done. I cannot recommend Celebration Concert Tours highly enough!Dr. Gary MathenaDirector of Practica, School of Music & Worship
Christmas in New York is one of the best trips I’ve ever been a part of. I’ve been twice and both trips have exceeded all of my expectations. Phil and his team take such good care of everyone. The schedule is a perfect balance of rehearsal, preparation, relaxation, and activities…all within the context of worship and ministry. I assure you this will be a trip you’ll never forgetCliff DurenMusic and Worship Minister, Brentwood Baptist Church - The Church at Station Hill
Spring Hill, TN
Phil Barfoot and Celebration Concert Tours do exceptional work! I would highly recommend you considering one of their trips with your choir. I have personally been on two of their trips and their attention to detail, work ethic and hearts for ministry are most impressive.Larry HarrisonWorship Pastor, Crossings Community Church
Oklahoma City, OK
It was a pleasure to work with Phil Barfoot and the Celebration Concert Tours staff! From the first encounter, their staff was professional and easy to work with. The accommodations, transportation, sights and attention to every detail make the experience truly remarkable. The staff is seasoned world travelers with many years experience. I highly recommend CCT and look forward to my next ministry opportunity with them!Jeff BennettPastor of Worship, Second Baptist Church, North Campus
Phil Barfoot, along with his staff and team at Celebration Concert Tours are simply the best at what they do. They are professional, organized, extremely easy to work with, and will do exactly what they say. Every detail is handled with a high degree of integrity and excellence. The concerts and ministry events are powerful, creative, well planned, and a tremendous blessing to all involved. I highly recommend Celebration Concert Tours. After participation in one of their exciting ministry projects, your choir and ministry team will never be the same.Mike ParksMinister of Music, Green Acres Baptist Church
We took our choir to be a part of the 6th annual Christmas in New York trip this year and I am so glad we did! The CCT team was first class… amazingly organized, hospitable and willing to do whatever they needed to do to make sure our experience was a positive one. I would highly recommend them to any group of any size!Jon TynerMinister of Music, Olive Baptist Church
A ministry trip with Phil Barfoot and his team is a journey to the next level for any choir! Our choir members were challenged musically and spiritually! Phil is a dreamer and we benefited greatly from his vision to take choirs to cities and venues not typically accessible. The entire CCT staff is helpful, friendly and first-class. They managed every detail of our trip with excellence and made it truly the trip of a lifetime. I highly recommend Phil and the CCT staff to any group looking for a life-changing ministry experience!Keith McBroomMinister of Music, North Metro Baptist Church
I don’t know if anyone has ever done this better than Phil Barfoot and the Celebration Concert Tours team! We just got home from an amazing trip and experience of New York City at Christmas including the awesome opportunity of singing about Jesus in Carnegie Hall. From the beginning days of planning this trip to the very final minutes, Phil and his team were there to make sure that our experience was the very best it could be, physically and spiritually. We were loved on, hugged (Phil is a hugger) and catered to every step of the way. Phil and his team care about more than just providing a good trip for your people…they care about people! It will not take long for you to realize that this is not just a business or job for Phil, it is a ministry to the church and specifically the choir and he is very passionate about it! If you are looking for a way to get your people outside the walls of the church, Celebration Concert Tours is the way to go!Rocky GillmoreWorship Pastor, Crossroads Baptist Church
The Woodlands, TX
Wow! That is the first word that comes to mind when I begin to describe my experience with Phil Barfoot’s Celebration Concert Tours. “Christmas in New York” was an experience of a lifetime for our choir! CCT was right there every step of the way to walk us through every detail. The music, artists, venue, accommodations, hospitality, professionalism, and attention to detail are as first class as it gets!Jeff StottsLead Worship Pastor, Central Baptist Church
What a wonderful experience! The Celebration Concert Tours team was very patient in answering our many questions, gracious in helping us any way they could, and provided turn-key travel arrangements. The accommodations were excellent, the rehearsal times and concert were fun and worshipful. The team continued to be responsive throughout our entire experience. Every detail was taken care of, and everything went like clock-work. The songs selected were wonderful and well designed for the the sharing of the Gospel in the setting of Carnegie Hall. Receiving the music in July enabled us to prepare before we left for New York City. The resources made available by CCT were very helpful. For my wife and I, the extension in NYC after the hard work of preparation for the concert was a great vacation! Being together with over 300 other choir members was a memorable experience. The fellowship that blossomed among our group was a high light of the trip. Attending Brooklyn Tabernacle was a dream come true! It was a highlight of the entire experience. So many great memories and experiences! I know our entire group would recommend it to anyone! Thank you CCT team for making this possible!Charles ColvinMinister of Worship, First Baptist Church
Universal City, TX
Christmas in New York! It’s a great trip! Phil, Sheri, and the entire CCT team take wonderful care of you! They are truly servant leaders who’s hearts are to minister to everyone traveling with them. If you are on the fence about going on this trip or any of the CCT trips, you will not be disappointed. You will have a wonderful time! Thanks, Uncle Phil!Mark HardenWorship Pastor, Humble Area's First Baptist Church
This trip was truly one of the most unforgettable experiences my family and I have ever enjoyed! New York City is an amazing place to spend the holidays. Worshiping in Carnegie Hall was a definitive moment, given its history and character. Singing alongside nearly 400 brand new friends was indescribably powerful! Celebration Concert Tours had everything perfectly organized and arranged, making this a truly stress-free and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us all! We are telling everyone we know about it and can’t wait to go again as soon as possible!Craig AdamsCreative Director & Publisher, LifeWay Worship
Our choir members had a great time in NYC as we partnered with CCT and Phil Barfoot and the American Festival Choir at Carnegie Hall. Everything was well planned and our experience was wonderful. I was amazed at the attendance at Carnegie Hall. The place was full and the audience really seemed to engage with the great songs of Christmas. It was a real joy for my wife and I along with our choir to be a part of this outstanding event. Thanks Phil for inviting us to participate.Dan HeathPastor of Worship, Emmanuel Baptist Church
What a blessing to participate with Phil Barfoot and the wonderful guest artists for Christmas in New York! From Brooklyn Tab worship, to seeing Les Mis on Broadway, and the big Finalé of singing God’s praises in Carnegie Hall – it was fantastic! Super organized by CCT, and Phil is the ultimate encourager and positive force behind it all. My Oklahoma choir folks were even a bit skeptical about it all but wanted to see NYC, and they came back with nothing but praise for an incredible experience. They , and I, can’t wait to go again some time in the future!Dave WatsonDave Watson, Worship Pastor, First Baptist Church Newcastle
It was an absolute joy to participate in Christmas In New York. Phil and his wonderful team did a fantastic job. Every single detail was taken care of from start to finish. They were gracious, helpful, joyful, Jesus- focused, and professional. The music was very gospel-saturated and glorifying to God. This was our first trip with CCT and Lord willing will be the first of many. Our entire team loved it. It truly was an honor to go and such an encouragement. You will be blessed if you participate in this wonderful ministry.Keith McMinnWorship Pastor, Bethel Baptist Church
Being a part of “Christmas in New York” was one of the most enjoyable, most spiritually-uplifting experiences I have ever had! My choir members would echo that sentiment. Carnegie Hall was transformed from a “temple of the arts” into a “temple of worship.” Singing Christmas songs of praise with 350 other people was deeply moving, especially as the audience joined in worship with us. One of my choir members said that singing “End of the Beginning” in Carnegie Hall was the spiritual highlight of her life…this from a woman who is deeply involved in missions.
Travis Cottrell’s spirit made us all feel like an equal partner with him in worship leading. Already, my people are talking about doing it again!Keith CluttsMinister of Music, Grand Avenue Baptist Church
Fort Smith, AR
Phil’s “howdy” hug as soon as we stepped off the bus immediately made 350 strangers relax and soon become best of friends. I kind of picture Heaven like that as Jesus hands out the hugs along with a warm, “welcome home”. Thanks Phil for making every individual feel so very special. ALL of us needed that!Rob VealMinister of Music, Northview Baptist Church
WOW! Where to start? The trip that the 17 of us from Southpointe experienced was nothing short of life changing! For many of us it was the first time to New York. What a privilege it was to lift praises to our King at Carnegie Hall with a choir of 400, David Phelps, and Marcia Ware! We experienced a little glimpse of heaven that night! And who could forget the worship experience at the Brooklyn Tabernacle! Our folks are still enjoying that service! The sightseeing tours, the breakfasts at Planet Hollywood, Thanksgiving dinner at Applebee’s, and on and on! It was a week that we will not soon forget!
Our folks are still complementing Phil Barfoot and his crew for the phenomenal job of organizing this trip and taking care of all the logistics that must have been involved in planning for a trip of 400 people! Every aspect of the trip was carefully thought out and planned for. There was so much attention to detail that we felt the trip was planned just for our group! It made for a phenomenal experience! Thank you CCT! We love and appreciate all that you do! Keep it up!Tim FusWorship & Arts Pastor, Southpointe
What an honor and privilege it was for members of my adult choir and I to be a part of the trip to Italy with Phil Barfoot and Celebration Concert Tours from July 6-16, 2016. Phil, Sheri and their great staff, Aaron and Preston were professional, organized and thorough. From the moment of initial contact to the final wave goodbye at the airport, all details were covered with prayer and handled with first class attention. Our accommodations for travel and lodging were well planned and implemented. Our hotels were beautiful, four star facilities where we were able to rest comfortably. Tours buses were modern, comfortable, and the drivers were courteous and always punctual!
The ten day tour of Italy was incredible. The three tour guides that Celebration Concert Tours booked were outstanding. They stayed with our group at each hotel and were available around the clock to ensure our needs were met. The guides were not only knowledgeable about every location we visited, but their personalities were friendly, outgoing, humorous and endearing. Who knew culture, history and geography could be so entertaining! The tours of each locale were informative and the sights were breathtaking!
FBC Prattville joined five additional churches from three other states to form a mass choir for this Best of Italy tour. It was a treat to join voices together in praise to our Lord and Savior. We sang a total of five concerts in some of the most beautiful cathedrals in all of Italy. Each and every concert was truly a time of worship as God used these six churches to touch the hearts of people in every audience. God made it abundantly clear that Italy is hungry for the gospel, and we were able to share the love of Christ through song and testimony everywhere we went!
Although each minister of music directed a portion of the worship concerts, Phil Barfoot was the spiritual leader of this trip. Phil led us in uplifting times of prayer and praise as we prepared our hearts for worship each evening. I appreciated how Phil emphasized the spiritual and eternal purpose of our trip. The concerts and times of worship were truly the highlights of our eleven day trip, with the excursions and spectacular sights serving as icing on the Italian cake!
The Best of Italy was the fourth trip my church and I have taken with the Barfoots and Celebration Concert Tours. I hope it won’t be the last. This awesome company was a pleasure to work with on a daily basis. Filled with boundless energy, kindness, enthusiasm, patience, and the love of Jesus, the Barfoots and staff worked around the clock to ensure the needs and concerns of all tour goers were met. My church members still rave about the marvelous time they had in Italy. The Barfoots and Celebration Concert Tours certainly made this trip the best of Italy down to the last detail!
Without reservation, I wholeheartedly recommend that you call Phil Barfoot and book a trip with Celebration Concert Tours!Mitch LoftinMinister of Music
First Baptist Church
We love partnering with the quality people of Celebration Concert Tours to spread the Gospel to the world. Phil and Sheri Barfoot, along with their dedicated staff, put together life-changing ministry trips for churches. We have participated in multiple trips with CCT. They are excellent at what they do! Every detail is well executed, the venues are marvelous, the ministry events are well publicized and the concerts are truly worship experiences. As if that weren’t enough, you also get to take in breath-taking sights, enjoy delicious food, shopping and cultural experiences.
I would confidently recommend Celebration Concert Tours to anyone looking to take a ministry trip in the future. They do it well!Kenneth MartinMinister of Music & Worship, First Baptist Church
I’ve been on four Ministry trips with CCT; Christmas in New York, Christmas in Bethlehem, Paris and London, and Italy. Why do I keep bringing my groups back? CCT provides the best in everything they offer. I think what impresses me most is Phil’s excitement, energy and passion in bringing choirs together to share the Gospel in music. He truly loves God and people! His team at CCT is second to none and partner with Phil every step of the way. If you have a need, they provide for it. If you have a concern, they take care of it. Italy was our most recent ministry trip with CCT and it was superb! I’m always amazed at how well they organize and implement such wonderful trips for such large groups. Before our last trip even happened, my choir was asking me when our next trip would take place and to where. Phil does such a great job of making everyone feel welcome and important. As long as he’s providing these ministry opportunities for choirs, we will be participating. I Love CCT and all they do! Can’t wait for our next adventure!Loren MinnickMinister of Music, Foothills Baptist Church
Las Vegas, NV
Our ministry trip with Celebration Concert Tours provided a wonderful experience for our choir! We were amazed at the organization and experience of the staff. I highly recommend this experience to anyone thinking about a choir tour. The fellowship was so special and the friends we made are priceless. Lastly, Phil Barfoot has become a special friend to my choir and I. He has such a wonderful vision for choral mu-sic. Not to mention he’s such a ham!Scott CunninghamMinister of Music, Central Baptist Church
The New York City trip was so much fun; my choir and I had a blast participating in such an enjoyable and meaningful trip. Everything was well thought out and things ran like clock work. We stayed at a fabulous hotel; the provided meals were fantastic; shuffling almost 400 people around on buses went really smoothly; everyone at CCT was helpful and kind and always willing to work things out to meet our specific needs.
This trip was far more than just another choir experience. Thanks to Phil, he made it not only a pleasurable musical experience but also a very spiritually enriching time for all. My choir and I look forward to participating in more trips with Phil Barfoot and his team.John W. BeallMinister of Music, Faith Fellowship Church
I have taken many trips in my life but none like the trip to sing in Carnegie Hall with Phil Barfoot! Getting to sing and conduct in Carnegie Hall is a wonderful memory I will have for the rest of my life! Phil Barfoot is an incredible writer, musician and Christian man and has been a friend for many years. He and his staff plan out everything to make 250 plus people enjoy every minute of the trip to New York. Phil is a consummate pro! From now on, Phil Barfoot and Celebration Concert Tours will be planning my tours! Thanks again Phil for the wonderful experience!Dr. Darrell BledsoeAmarillo Community Chorale
The New York/Carnegie Hall experience I can honestly say surpassed all my expectations. It was incredible to see travel accommodations, sightseeing, and worship experiences for 400 people handled flawlessly. When rehearsals for the concert began and hearing 350+ voices began to sing, it was no longer rehearsal, it was a worship experience. It was a trip that our group described as “one that had to be experienced to fully appreciated.” I’m so grateful that I signed our choir up for this trip. Working with them from start to finish was a great experience.Bart StarrMinister of Music, First Baptist Church
Bringing members of my choir to “Christmas In New York,” has truly been one of the highlights of my ministerial career. It was rewarding, invigorating, and full of excitement in every way imaginable! Our experience with CCT could not have been better. Phil Barfoot took the time to personally invest himself into my group. It started 14 months prior to our departure, when he flew to Shreveport to personally invite our choir to “Christmas In New York.” This was a jester that was far beyond the call of duty. From that point forward the entire process of putting together the trip proved to be a blessing. Phil has surrounded himself with a phenomenal team, which works tirelessly to support every Worship Pastor and choir member that attends. Not one stone is left unturned! Every detail is clearly communicated and handled with a high level of professionalism. We could not have asked for better accommodations, meals, and entertainment.
New York City is electric, especially during the holiday season, but what made it so special were the many “God Moments,” experienced by each of us. A mass choir of 400 participants singing praises to the King in Carnegie Hall was one of those “WOW” moments. There aren’t enough words to describe the majesty of that night! Carnegie Hall became a true Worship Center!!! Did I mention worship at Brooklyn Tab?? WOW!!!!
I HIGHLY recommend this trip for any who are considering it. For many this will be a “once in a lifetime” opportunity, and it’s worth every dime! Christ will be exalted, fun will be had, and your personal ministry will be encouraged and strengthened.
I look forward to working with Phil and CCT on future trips!Brett FullerWorship Pastor, Summer Grove Baptist Church
This was our first time to partner with CCTI for Christmas in New York…and we loved it! The CCTI Staff is top notch when it comes to planning, organization and, most importantly, heartfelt ministry. My choir would go again tomorrow if at all possible!Dale StokesMinister of Music, Black Oak Heights Baptist Church
The dream of a lifetime, became the opportunity of a lifetime! What an honor to bring my Worship Choir to join with singers from across the country, forming the 360 voice American Festival Choir with Dr. Phil Barfoot, performing the first concert of the Christmas season at the world-renowned venue, Carnegie Hall. This classical music destination became a place of honor and worship as we sang praise to the newborn King! I’ll never forget conducting this group and lifting my voice as we sang, “Hallelujah! To God’s Almighty Son!” Special guest soloists David Phelps and Marcia Ware brought their best for the occasion! Believe me, ‘Amens’ were not optional that night! The city of New York is the place to be for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Only the joyous music we premiered out shined the sites – you’ll love the new collection “The Hope of Christmas” by Barfoot and Williamson. Filled with new, unique and fascinating arrangements of well-known songs, you’ll also enjoy several touching new songs from the team of Barfoot and Peck. The trip was planned with great care and every detail was delivered ‘beyond’ expectations! Our group received red carpet, VIP treatment every step of the way! The Crowne Plaza was beautiful and right in the heart of Times Square within walking distance of all shopping and sight-seeing destinations. The dinner cruise on the river brought NYC to life as we passed close to the Statue of Liberty and then watched as the sun set and The City turned on all the lights! Many of us were able to enjoy the trip extension over Thanksgiving Day. The Macy’s Parade and the group’s Thanksgiving Family Dinner was delicious and memorable. . . I didn’t even miss watching football! So it’s no surprise that I tell you – ALL my singers want to do “Christmas In New York” again with Uncle Phil and his team! I hope to see you there too! Remember that dreams can come true!Tom HartleyExecutive Pastor of Worship, Desert Springs Church
Palm Desert, CA
What an amazing experience our choir recently had participating in Celebration Concert Tours “Christmas in New York”.
Singing with a 300 voice choir in Carnegie Hall with other choirs from all across the country who’s main objective was to praise and glorify God, was a little bit of heaven. And the music was inspirational to say the least!
I have not heard one negative comment from anyone who went on the trip. We worked hard and played hard. God used this trip to not only build community in our choir but also to provide us with a unique opportunity to minister. I would whole-heartedly recommend this trip to any choir. It was an absolute privilege to be a part of this year’s “Christmas in New York”!Kevin HoferWorship & Arts Director, Tulare Community Church
We took a small group from our worship choir and each person loved every moment of the trip. I would highly recommend Celebration Concert Tours as they did an incredible job organizing every aspect of the transportation, tour and concert. There was a great balance of rehearsal time and relaxation time. The result was that we were able to enjoy the performance at Carnegie Hall and still have the energy left to make some exciting memories of our free time in New York City.
Phil Barfoot’s enthusiasm throughout the trip was contagious. As a worship pastor it was especially nice to relax and leave all the details to someone else. And more importantly, CCT came to New York with a mission to make a difference…and they did exactly that as they led each of us in supporting two very important ministries in Brooklyn.Steve PooleWorship Pastor, Oak Grove Baptist Church
Bel Air, MD
Singing at Carnegie Hall in NY with Celebration Concert Tours will always be a highlight of my life! To present the gospel in song through the best composed and arranged choral pieces in “The Hope of Christmas” was such a blessing. My choir loved the experience and camaraderie of the fellow choristers from all over the USA. God bless Phil Barfoot and his team as they provide this opportunity for evangelism all over the world! Truly awesome!Arlene NembhardMinister of Music, Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene
The American Festival Choir Trip to New York City was a tremendous blessing to our choral group. Phil Barfoot and his staff had all details planned and everything was on schedule and carried out smoothly. The music, “The Hope Christmas” was spirit-anointed, well arranged and told the story of the life of Christ from birth through death.
I highly recommend to anyone to take advantage of singing in The American Festival Choir. It will be a blessing to all who sing as well as those who attend the concert.Laderel HarrelsonMinister of Music, First Baptist Church