MYO Summer Performance Tour to Europe 2018

MYO toured Europe July 3 – 16, 2018 and visited Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Vienna, and Budapest!

The MYO Tour Choir and Tour Orchestra rehearsed and performed on Long Island first, and then performed five concerts while on tour in Europe! The Tour Choir was conducted by Shoshana Hershkowitz with MYO Board President Sandra Baskin at the piano, and the Tour Orchestra was conducted by Scott Stickley.

Press for MYO 2018 Tour

MYO Member Tessa Kurtzman is featured in a Wantagh-Seaford Patch article about her participation in the 2018 MYO Performance Tour Choir!

Europe Tour Visual Presentation from GrandTours

Click here to download a visual presentation featuring some of the highlights of the tour, created by Jeff Goldsmith of GrandTours and presented at the first MYO Europe Tour Information Meeting on October 15, 2017.

Grace McDermott Tour Scholarship Recipients

The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York is honoring the memory of one of our own MYO Alums, Grace McDermott, with the Grace McDermott Tour Scholarship. Please click here to learn more about Grace and to see a complete list of donors without whom this scholarship would not be possible.

We are thrilled to announce the four Grace McDermott Tour Scholarship recipients for the 2018 MYO Performance Tour to Europe!

Leah Lalwani
Nassau Symphony Orchestra

Kathryn O’Neill
Double Bass
Suffolk Principal Orchestra

Molly Perrone
Suffolk Symphonic Choir

Elizabeth Son
Nassau Symphony Orchestra

Tour Eligibility

The MYO 2018 Europe Tour is open to:

  • Registered MYO members currently 8th grade – 12th grade in September 2017
  • MYO Alumni (Former MYO members who graduated from high school and from their MYO ensemble)
  • Non-MYO members after January 5, 2018, by audition only, to fill any available positions

Tour Requirements

The MYO 2018 Europe Tour requirements include:

  • Mandatory tour choir and orchestra rehearsals and Long Island performance prior to departing for Europe (Dates: June 2, June 25 – 29, and July 2, 2018)
  • Tour orchestra participants should have successfully completed a NYSSMA* level 5 or 6 (or equivalent) solo on a string, wind, or percussion instrument
  • Seating auditions for tour orchestra scheduled on Saturday, June 2, 2018

*NYSSMA refers to the New York State School Music Association’s manual of graded solos. Comparable solos are listed with New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut music educators associations.

Tour Timeline

Friday, September 1, 2017: Tour Registration Opens

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 2:00 – 4:00 PM: Tour Information Meeting #1, Four Points by Sheraton, Four Points by Sheraton, 333 S Service Road, Plainview, NY 11803

Friday, January 5, 2018: Grace McDermott Tour Scholarship Application Deadline

Thursday, February 1, 2018: Grace McDermott Tour Scholarship Announcement

Sunday, March 25, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00 PM: Tour Information Meeting #2 for Registered Participants, Four Points by Sheraton, 333 S Service Road, Plainview, NY 11803

Friday, April 20, 2018: Online Tour T-Shirt Contest Deadline (open to registered tour participants only)

Europe 2018 Mandatory Tour Rehearsals and Concert
Location: Herricks Middle School [ Updated 6/24/2018 ]

UPDATED Saturday, June 2, 2018, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM Seating Auditions and Choir and Orchestra Rehearsals
Monday, June 25, 2018, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Choir and Orchestra Rehearsals
Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Choir and Orchestra Rehearsals
Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Choir and Orchestra Rehearsals
Thursday, June 28, 2018, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Choir and Orchestra Rehearsals
Friday, June 29, 2018, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Choir and Orchestra Rehearsals
Friday, June 29, 2018, 7:00 PM Free Concert Open to the Public
Monday, July 2, 2018, 12:00 – 3:00 PM Choir and Orchestra Rehearsals
Tuesday, July 3 – Monday, July 16, 2018 Performance Tour Dates

Tour Features

  • Round trip airfare from New York (JFK) to Berlin / Budapest
  • Transportation by deluxe motor coach in Europe
  • Professional tour manager / guide on each motor coach
  • Local guides in Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Vienna, and Budapest
  • 12-nights in twin occupancy at 3 and 4-star hotels
  • Breakfast buffets daily at the hotels
  • Dinner daily at a mix of hotels and local restaurants
  • Sightseeing as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Admissions as required by the itinerary
  • 5-Concert performances with local promotion
  • Gratuities to guides, drivers, and local escorts
  • Travel Guard Group Protection Plan Insurance
  • Online tour registration
  • Individual billing for each traveler
  • Payment by debit/credit card price option
  • Shadow tour for family members of tour participants
  • Land-only options for students extending their stay in Europe
  • Complete set of travel documents

Tour Costs

The estimated cost of the tour is $4,495 per person for MYO-Performers and $4,595 per person for Non-Performers (Shadow Tour). Please click on the link below for more information.

MYO 2018 Europe Tour Itinerary

Tour Benefits

MYO has gone on great tours around the world over the last twenty years. We have been to Australia, Central and Eastern Europe, Great Britain, New Zealand, Spain, and three times to China. Here are five great reasons to consider participating in the Summer 2018 tour:

  1. Have an unforgettable, life-changing experience
  2. Share your music with people of other cultures
  3. Earn 100 hours of community service credit
  4. Experience the customs, culture, and cuisine of Europe
  5. Travel with fellow musicians and make friends and memories to last a lifetime

Shadow Tour for Non-Performers

Family members will participate in a separate “Shadow Tour” following MYO to the same cities and joining us for concerts and other events. The shadow tour will have their own motor coach, guide, and hotels. Family members may also create their own tours and meet up with the MYO tour at various times. GrandTours will offer a land-only price (no group air) option for those who wish to purchase their own airfare and extend their time in Europe after the MYO tour concludes.

Please call 516-365-6961 if you have any questions, thank you.

Vienna State Opera House - MYO 2018 Tour to Europe
Vienna State Opera House

Previous MYO Summer Performance Tours

MYO Summer Performance Tour to Spain 2016

MYO toured Spain July 6 – 19, 2016 and visited Madrid, Segovia, Medina, Toledo, Granada, Salobreña, Malaga, Valencia, Buñol and Barcelona! This was our largest tour yet with 105 participants! Check out our Tour Blog page, written by MYO tour member Laura Vega, for a day-to-day account of this great tour!

The MYO Tour Choir and Tour Orchestra performed six concerts in Spain under the direction of Choir Director Sandra Baskin and Orchestra Director Scott Stickley!

Tour Concert Dates and Locations
July 9 – Medina de Rioseco: Evening concert at San Francisco Church and Museum

July 11 – Granada: Festival Internacional de Musica y Danza de Granada evening concert at the Manuel de Falla Concert Hall

July 12 – Salobreña: Fringe Granada Festival Extension evening concert in the Auditorio Villa de Salobreña José Martín Recuerda

July 13 – Antequera: Evening concert at La Colegiata

July 15 – Buñol: Evening concert in the Teatro Monte Carlo

July 17 – Barcelona: Final concert in Teatre La Massa

Click HERE to see Concertmaster Michelle Luo’s beautiful performance of Massenet’s Meditation from Thais from our concert in Buñol, directed by Scott Stickley and featuring Spanish harpist Carmen Escobar.

MYO Spain Tour 2016 in Madrid
MYO in Madrid, Spain 2016 (also toured in 2004)

MYO China Tour, July 8 – 21, 2014

Special thanks to our musicians and shadow tour participants for an incredible tour, five spectacular performances, and a lifetime’s worth of memories packed into two short weeks!
Our tour orchestra and choir performed in the following locations:

July 11 – Beijing: China Conservatory exchange concert with Beijing No. 22 Middle School
July 13 – Chengdu: Joint concert with Sichuan Conservatory Orchestra
July 15 – Xi’an: Evening concert at the Phoenix Theatre
July 17 – Yangshuo: Afternoon concert by Yulong River in Yangshuo
July 19 – Shanghai: Final concert in the Lyceum Theatre

Scott Stickley, Tour Orchestra Director
Sandra Baskin, Tour Choir Director


Check out our Blog Archive Page, written by Head Chaperone and MYO Founder John McNeur, for stories, anecdotes, and photos from our China Tour!

MYO in China 2014 (also toured in 2001 and 2006)
MYO in China 2014 (also toured in 2001 and 2006)



Salzburg fountain
At the Salzburg Fountain – July 2010

MYO Members have toured Australia, Austria, China, the Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Scotland, Spain, and Wales.