International Tour

The Ultimate Symphony Experience

Concert tours are the ultimate symphony experience and are an essential part of the Senior Symphony program.

Every two years the Symphony Orchestra performs a tour, inspiring international audiences and providing an opportunity for the musicians to learn about other cultures, art and history, and to understand the role their music plays as a universal communication.

The international tour is the culmination and expression of the highest achievement of the orchestra; it is simply irreplaceable as an experience that matures and defines the character and unity of the Symphony.

2022 Tour Blogs

[Tour] was hands down the best experience of my time at GSYO. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to go with my friends to Europe! Exploring the cities was so fun, and playing at each concert gave me the confirmation that I want to do this for the rest of my life. Seeing so many strangers show up to a youth orchestra from another country's concert all dressed up was amazing, and sharing that experience with friends made it even more special. The things that I learned and places I went impacted me greatly and I will always look back on it as a great milestone in my life.

Jocylin Braun

Class of 2023

Upcoming Tour

2024: France & Spain

Touring Locations:

  • Lyon, France
  • Aix-En-Provence, France
  • Toulouse, France
  • Barcelona, Spain

Previous Tours

2022: Central Europe 
  • Smetana Hall in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Festsaal, Vienna, Austria
  • Stefaniensaal, Graz, Austria
2019: Baltics 
  • Konserthuset in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, Finland
  • Shostakovich Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Moscow, Russia
2017: Central Europe
  • Smetana Hall in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Slovak Radio Hall in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Bela Bartok National Hall in Budapest, Hungary
  • "Golden Hall" at the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria
2015: Spain 
  • Seville at the Villa de la Rinconada
  • Auditorio Manuel de Falla in Granada
  • Palau de la Música in Valencia
  • Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona
Josephine Chew, Class of 2020

"TOUR! Those are the best memories of my life and I can't even put into words how incredible everything about it was and how sad I was when it ended. Being free to explore gorgeous cities with my favorite people, performing for amazing crowds in breathtaking concert halls, and just feeling constantly excited and so connected with these super inspiring and amazing musicians and friends that I love so much and got to be with every single day."

Katie Sharp, Class of 2018

"My favorite [GSYO] experience was Tour 2017. Playing the first concert in Prague's Smetana Hall was what helped me realize that I wanted to continue playing music for the rest of my life. I also became really great friends with members of the orchestra that I didn't know before tour. It was an incredible experience that I will remember for the rest of my life."

Piyush Shanbhag, Class of 2024

"Tour was the best. Our performance in Smetana Hall in Prague was my favorite. It was magical performing in such a beautiful venue, and receiving a standing ovation, from what must’ve been 700 people in the audience, was just indescribable. The best part of tour is the opportunity to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences with the people you care about. "

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