Touring empowers students with musical, social, and cultural opportunities that will shape their lives for years to come.
Renowned for our rich touring history, GTCYS’ biennial international tours for Symphony were reinstated in June 2014 when 78 students toured Spain and performed by invitation at the Granada International Festival of Music and Dance.
The experiential learning aspects of touring empower students with musical, social, and cultural opportunities that will shape their lives for years to come.
2018 Germany, Poland, and Hungary Tour
The June 2018 tour took students on an unforgettable eleven-day journey through Germany, Poland, and Hungary, starting in Berlin, then traveling to Krakow and through the mountains of Poland to Budapest. This Eastern European tour featured iconic historical sites, rich cultural opportunities, beautiful landscapes, and stately architecture. Students performed four concerts, learned about local traditions, experienced local music, and visited important historical sites, including the Berlin Wall and Concentration Camps at Auschwitz/Birkenau. Through these experiences, students developed a new frame of reference for understanding the world, created lifelong friendships, and were inspired to heightened levels of musical performance. Click here to see the itinerary!
2016 Argentina Tour
In June 2016, we were thrilled to return to South America for the first time in 20 years with Symphony’s Argentina Tour. Symphony students experienced the fascinating history and culture of Argentina on an eight-day journey. With major concerts in Buenos Aires, Rosario, and Santa Fe, plus amazing sights and cultural experiences, it was an incredible adventure for students. Museums, tango lessons, a cattle ranch excursion, and historical sites were just a few of the many highlights. Through these experiences, students developed a new frame of reference for understanding the world and were inspired to heightened levels of musical performance. The robust tour program included John Williams’ The Cowboys Overture, Alberto Ginastera’s Malambo from Estancia, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in its entirety. Made possible by the Minnesota Commissioning Club, an exciting new commission, Into the Wild, by Jacob Bancks rounded out the program. Click here to see the itinerary (PDF) »
GTCYS’ International Touring History
2018 – Germany, Poland, and Hungary Concert Tour
2016 – Argentina Concert Tour
2014 – Spain Concert Tour
2001 – China Concert Tour
1999 – Eastern Europe Concert Tour
1996 – South America Concert Tour
1994 – Malaysia Concert Tour
1992 – South Pacific Concert Tour
1990 – Asia Concert Tour
1988 – Soviet Union (CCCP) Concert Tour
1985 – Republic of Costa Rica Concert Tour
1984 – Great Britain and Republic of Ireland Concert Tour
1982 – Federal Republic of Germany Concert Tour
1978 – London, England, Royal Albert Hall, Schools Prom