It made me think about the tremendous work that must go into getting all of them here, with their instruments, and the work that goes into preparing their performances. I don't think I'm exaggerating if I say that the teachers who plan these kinds of activities are heroes, possibly saints! What an wonderful way to motivate students to practice, to cultivate community among them, and just to allow them the adventure of traveling.
My high school orchestras and youth orchestras did not travel during the years I played in them -- I was dismayed to miss a trip to Vienna by about a year! As an adult I have played in a few run-out concert tours, but never a major tour.
Have you ever been part of a concert tour? Was it as a student? As a teacher planning it? As a parent helping out? As a pro? If you have actually planned one for students, please vote for that category! And if you planned something, do you have advice for others who would like to do the same?
And if you have either gone on a tour (small or large) with an orchestra, ensemble or group, tell us about it. Where did you go? What did it do for your group? What did your enjoy about it?
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