Dear MCYO Musicians and Families:
We are thrilled to offer you a performance tour in Austria and Prague this season! The trip will be conducted by various conducting staff of MCYO!
Combining travel & performance on the “world’s stage” is a great learning experience & will create life-long memories. The objectives of this trip are many. Students will have the opportunity to:
- Experience European culture while touring Austria and Prague
- Perform in a new environment for a unique and international audience
- Meet & establish friendships with other students from other parts of the world & US
- Build a positive image of the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras beyond our nation’s borders
TOUR DETAILS Date: June 23-July 1, 2020 Tour Company: Music Celebrations International
Who can go? Any MCYO student grade 8-12 or as specifically invited will be eligible to participate.
A special Touring Orchestra will be formed from those students who sign up for the trip. The trip is not mandatory, but we will not be able to go unless an orchestra with proper orchestration can be formed from those who wish to participate. We hope we’ll know this by end of January. We hope you’ll sign up!
Cost: About $3900-4000, which we have confirmed is TAX-DEDUCTIBLE as an educational expense to all families! Trip fee includes: round-trip airfare, charter bus transport, a meal package, several half or full-day guided sightseeing excursions, various special-event souvenirs, instrument transport, all U.S. and European taxes, gratuities to all service providers, and comprehensive travel Insurance. Several admissions and performance-related expenses are also included in the package price. The exact cost of the trip will be determined at the time of booking. The cost may vary slightly due to the variable exchange rate of the U.S. dollar. Students will be responsible for any spending money (for souvenirs, snacks, or sodas). NOTE: the more people that go, the cheaper the trip will be for everyone!
Click HERE to download the Trip Itinerary
Exclusive concerts will be performed in Salzburg, Vienna (at the world-renowned Musikverein!) and Prague.
Trip Deposit: We need to confirm your commitment with an initial payment of $250, due 11/1, and the sign up form (AVAILABLE HERE).
Due dates for trip payments will be Jan, March/April & May. Deposits WILL BE refunded if the trip is cancelled due to lack of proper instrumentation. Any parents/family members wishing to join in the tour may do so at costs previously specified. All trip payment checks are made payable to STRATHMORE (for MCYO) and mailed to our MCYO office.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact us! We hope you’ll give your student the opportunity to be part of this exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime, specially planned tour!
Cheryl Jukes, MCYO Executive Director
Kristofer Sanz, Music Director & Touring Orchestra Conductor