Tours & Field Trips

In addition to the annual fall, spring, and Pops concerts, YOBC also offers two kinds of concert trips to its . In past years, a one-day field trip was organized, at little or no cost to members. The participants played a concert in the morning, and engaged in sightseeing or a cultural activity in the afternoon. Past concert venues included historic Penn Ryn on the Delaware, at the Old Post Office in Washington, DC, and in New York at St. Peters Church, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty.
In recent years, YOBC students have been able to participate in a low-cost trip to the Kimmel Center to hear the Philadelphia Orchestra. YOBC usually secures seats in the conductor’s circle so students can see the orchestra as a working ensemble, and watch the conductor from behind the musicians. The concert is preceded by a meet-and-greet with several of the musicians who answer questions and discuss they music they will be performing.
On even-numbered years, YOBC members, alumni, and parents have the opportunity to sign up for a 10-day international concert tour at their own expense. Below is a list of the destinations to date:
  • 2002 – Vienna, Salzburg and Bavaria – including participation in the International Youth Music Festival in Ansbach, Bavaria
  • 2004 – Scandinavia – performances in Odense, Egeskov Castle, Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, and Stockholm
  • 2006 – Prague and Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic, Hahnbach, Germany – again participating in the International Youth Music Festival, this time in the Oberpfalz region of Germany
  • 2008 – Northern Italy and Tuscany – performing five concerts, including Soave’s “Musica fra le Mura” festival and “Eventi Bardolin’08” in Bardolino. Tour participants attended Verdi’s Aida in the 2000-year old Arena di Verona
  • 2012 – Northern Spain and Southern France. Four concerts including the 63rd Music Festival of Menton, France, and a master class were part of this latest tour.
  • 2014 – Italy — from Venice to Rome with performances, master classes, and sightseeing.
  • 2016 – French Alps & Riviera. Four concerts and sightseeing from the Alpine glaciers to the beaches at Cannes.
  • 2018 – Andalusia: Southern Spain. Information here.
YOBC Members can view information about upcoming international excursions on our International Tours page.