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Music Director | Leo Eylar

"The outstanding musicianship on display at this final concert before their two-week tour of Spain confirmed that these young musicians will represent us with distinction in their role as musical ambassadors overseas." ~ Paul Cummings, San Mateo Weekly

In 1963, California Youth Symphony became the first American youth orchestra ever to tour overseas when we accepted an invitation to visit Japan. Over the following years, twenty (20) additional tours to all parts of the world have earned us universal praise. This rich tradition of international touring provides students with unparalleled experiences and invaluable opportunities to perform abroad in internationally prestigious venues and experience different cultures. CYS tours are an amazing bonding experience for students and a preciously cherished memory for alumni. 

In June and July of 2022, the CYS Orchestra embarked on its 23rd international tour to the Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary, presenting four concerts to rapturous responses from capacity audiences.

CYS International Touring History

2022 Czech Republic, Poland & Hungary Dvorak Hall, Rudolfinum Prague, Czech Republic

Wroclaw Academy of Music Wroclaw, Poland

Kraków Philharmonic Hall Krakow, Poland

Liszt Academy of Music Budapest, Hungary
2018 Baltics & Scandinavia Great Guild Hall Riga, Latvia

National Museum Tartu, Estonia

Estonia Concert Hall Tallinn, Estonia

Church in the Rock Helsinki, Finland
2016 Austria & Italy Mozarteum Salzburg, Austria

Teatro Romano Verona, Italy

Terme Tettucio Spa Park Montecatini, Italy

Sant'Andrea della Valle Church Rome, Italy
2014 Eastern Europe Croatian National Theatre Split, Croatia

Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Theatre Ljubljana, Slovenia

Slovak Radio Concert Hall Bratislava, Slovakia

Rudofinum (Dvořák) Hall Prague, Czech Republic
2012 New Zealand Holy Trinity Cathedral Auckland

Rotorua Civic Theatre Rotorua

St. Paul's Cathedral Wellington

Middleton Grange School Performing Arts Center Christchurch Joint concert with Christchurch Youth Orchestra

Oamaru Opera House Oamaru Joint concert with Christchurch Youth Orchestra
2010 South America Teatre Solis Montevideo, Uruguay

Punta del Este Punta del Este, Uruguay

Teatro Circulo Rosario, Argentina Joint concert with la Orqueseta Sinfonica Juvenil, the Rosario Youth Orchestr

Teatro Coliseo Buenos Aires, Argentina

Teatro Libertador Cordoba, Argentina Joint concert with Cordoba Youth Orchestra

Auditorio Juan Victorio San Juan, Argentina
2008 Japan Meguro Persimmon Hall; Higashiyama Elementary School; and Suginami Kokaido Concert Hall Tokyo Musical and cultural exchange with elementary school students, as well as Tokyo Junior Orchestra Society

Otsu Concert Hall Otsu Joint concert with Otsu Youth Symphony Orchestra

Okayama Concert Hall Okayama Joint concert with Otsu Youth Symphony Orchestra
2006 China Peking University; Broadcast University Beijing Musical and cultural exchange with Central Conservatory of Music

Jiang Yin Concert Hall Huangzhou

Suzhou Grand Theatre Suzhou Suzhou Children's Festival

Shanghai Music Hall Shanghai Cultural exchange with Nanning School of Shanghai
2004 Italy Open-air concert in the Roman Amphitheatre Rome Albano Laziale Summer Music Festival

Piazza del Duomo Florence

Sala Europa; La Panduera Concert Hall Bologna Cento Summer Music Series

Congress Hall Stresa

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