International Tours

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. Since then, GTCYS students have benefited from successful and exciting tours every other year.

The experiential learning aspects of touring empower students with musical, social, and cultural opportunities that will shape their lives for years to come.

2024 Southern France & Barcelona Tour

In June 2024, Symphony ventured to Southern France, including Lyon, the Provence region, and Barcelona, Spain! Symphony students performed in spectacular concert venues, learned from sightseeing and cultural experiences, and forged lifelong social connections with their fellow musicians. Visit our Stories page to read the daily tour blogs, or watch the story highlights on our Instagram page. More highlights from this tour coming soon in July – stay tuned!

2022 Southern Italy Tour

In June 2022, GTCYS’ flagship orchestra, Symphony, embarked on a historic concert tour to Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast, Sicily, and Rome, performing repertoire such as Vivaldi’s Concerto for 2 Oboes in D Minor, Copland’s Buckaroo Holiday from Rodeo, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. The tour provided unparalleled opportunities, including a collaboration with the Santa Cecilia National Academy of Music. Cultural experiences, including visits to Pompeii, the Roman Forum, and the Sistine Chapel, deepened students’ global perspective. Click here for the itinerary, and check out Symphony’s performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 at the Teatro Antica di Taormina in Sicily! This performance was taken from Symphony’s full opening concert of the 2022 Taormina Art Festival.

GTCYS’ International Touring History


2022 – Southern Italy Concert Tour

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

Soviet Union

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

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