Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra On Tour, 2023!
by Shawne Zarubica, Managing Director, Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles &
Mel Domingo, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra Manager
In June and July of 2023, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (PSYO) embarked on a concert tour to the Czech Republic and Austria, with sold out concerts in Prague’s renowned Smetana Hall and multiple concerts in and around Vienna as participants in the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival and Competition. While in Vienna, the orchestra performed in the legendary Musikverein, the MuTh, the Mehrzwecksaal in the township of Irnfritz-Messern, and the renowned Vienna Konzerthaus, winning second place in the international competition. We also had a chance to visit several wonderful sights in Prague and Vienna, an overall experience that we will never forget!
The wonderful success of our PSYO 2023 tour was especially notable and poignant in that we had to postpone our travels twice due to the pandemic, so many of our original touring musicians were not able to participate three years later. Nonetheless, we were able to include several alums in our PSYO touring ensemble, which under the leadership of the amazing Dr. Jake Sustaita, truly outdid themselves and did Pacific Symphony proud! Our musicians, our Artistic and Administrative Symphony staff, our tour chaperones (MVP’s all), our PSYE Board and our Symphony Board of Directors supporters, our wonderful tour advisors at ACFEA, and our dedicated parent volunteers all came together in exceptional harmony to make this tour the joyful and successful event that it was. Our thanks and gratitude to all!
You can see the timeline of events and photo gallery below.
Timeline of Events
Day 1: Arrival in Prague
Day 2: PSYO Explores Prague
Day 3: Sold out concert at Smetana Hall
Day 4: Arrival in Vienna/SCL Festival Welcome Ceremony in Stephansdom
Day 5: Community Concert at Mehrzwecksaal, Am Park, Irnfritz-Messern
Day 6: SCL Festival Competition & Family Dinner
Day 7: SCL Workshops & Performance at the MuTh Concert Hall
Day 8: Winner’s Gala Performance at the Konzerthaus
Day 9: The Journey Home
Tour Photo Gallery