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Touring background and philosophy

Touring has become a traditional part of the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestras experience since its Carnegie Hall debut in 2009.  Many of GNOYO orchestras have had exchange experiences with other youth orchestras, or played concerts in cities away from home.  The Symphony, as standard-bearer of our youth orchestral organization, has been heard internationally with resounding response and success.

The key objectives of touring (stated below) will remain constant, while each tour’s destination will contribute additional reasons for that particular tour.  The expectations among our talent pool of young musicians that a tour will take place every other year contribute to recruitment and retention.  Tours are an important extension of their students’ musical education, a valuable milestone in their growth towards a wider view of the world.  Often the volunteer aspects of tour planning, coupled with opportunities to be a chaperone, contribute to the creation of a core group of people who remain active supporters long after a tour has ended.

The Symphony, as an orchestra, benefits during a tour year, as the increased number of concerts contributes to a level of quality.  Audiences attending tour concerts are often the most enthusiastic the orchestra has ever played for, inspiring a level of performances which may surprise even the musicians themselves.

Performing either in a city where our musical culture was born and lives on in the very fabric of daily life, or where it is an exotic luxury and the stuff of dreams, contributes to a profound experience for members of the orchestra, one which could not be gained at home.  Each concert becomes important in a deeply personal way.  Music as an international language becomes very real.

The orchestra comes home eager to share what it has gained through music.  Returning musicians form an experienced core in the ensemble.  They have become friends who contribute to student leadership and model commitment to practice and rehearsal.  They have a new understanding of where this hard work can lead.

Like an athletic team, members of the orchestra have learned to extend themselves in order to hold up their section, their part of the whole.  In setting new goals for themselves, and in raising their expectations for the fellow players, they create the intangible pride, excitement and spirit of the music.

During tour years the audition process for non-Symphony members and Alums.

Fill out application and submit a 1 minute audition performing portion of a piece that best display your ability on your instrument only video format will be accepted to deadline TBD All will be notify of the result TBA.


The tour is estimated based on the location at a reasonable cost  per person. (The Package usually includes air plane ticket, motor coach transportation with ac outlets and wifi, hotels, breakfasts, lunch and dinners, ticket for performances, Boat ride   Plans include master classes and sectionals with world-class musicians such as member of the Philadelphia Symphony and the New York Philharmonic, sightseeing and concert performances.) Additional spending money estimates will be suggested per day for other meals and incidentals.

Alumni invitation process

The GNOYO has a long tradition of excellence which is set by the standards of its great alums. Therefore All GNOYO Alums are invited to participate with a two packages offer.


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Application process will be available during tour seasons.