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The Philadelphia Orchestra's 12th Tour of Asia
The Choral Arts Society of Washington's 9th Tour with Classical Movements - South America
In the Footsteps of Leonard Bernstein and Michael Tilson Thomas
Notre Dame Congregation Applauds Grammy Award Winner Pacific BoyChoir
Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus in China, Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence
Yale Glee Club
Choir of America's 2nd Oldest College Tours Romania, Hungary, Slovenia & Croatia
NSO's Triumphant 75th Anniversary West Coast Tour
Ithaca Children's Choir Tours Italy
World's Oldest Orchestra Tours USA
Portuguese Youth Ensemble, Os Violinhos, Travels to Austria & the Czech Republic
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra makes two triumphant tours to Carnegie Hall in 2005
Music in the Favela, Cidade de Deus, Rio de Janeiro
From the Big Apple to the Lone Star State
Youth Orchestra of the Americas Brings Diverse Talent to South America on 2005 Residency and Tour
Youth Orchestra of the Americas Brings Diverse Talent to South America on 2005 Residency and Tour
Joint Performance with Choral Arts Society of Washington at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires

Julia Ernst, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, provided this report.

A tropical island, swaying palm trees, a turquoise sea lapping pearly-white sands, and 102 young people eager to have the time of their lives – each carrying with them the pride of representing their nations in this unique gathering of musical talent from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, México, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.

After three weeks of intensive rehearsals on Isla de Margarita, Venezuela, with nine professional musicians on the master music faculty and four visionary conductors – YOA Principal Conductors Carlos Miguel Prieto and Gustavo Dudamel, and Guest Conductors Roger Kellaway and David Robert Coleman – this young ensemble of musical talent was ready for their tour.

In the concert hall, US Ambassador William Brownfield met with each of the US musicians before YOA performed under the colorful "acoustic clouds" designed by Alexander Calder in Caracas' famed Aula Magna.

Upon arrival in Bogotá, President Álvaro Uribe, the Minister of Culture, and José Fernando Iragorri of Asociación Nacional de Música Sinfónica received YOA Board members, sponsors, and two YOA musicians from Colombia at Palacio Nariño, the presidential palace. That evening, First Lady Lina Moreno de Uribe, Minister of Culture María Consuelo Araújo, and US Cultural Attaché Peter Samson and his wife attended YOA's concert at Bogotá's Teatro Colón. Following concert performances in Medellín and Cali, YOA returned to Bogotá to participate in a community program for students at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.

YOA was honored to be presented in Argentina by the prestigious Mozarteum Argentino. YOA performed two concerts at the famous Teatro Colón, including a joint performance with The Choral Arts Society of Washington, and also one concert in Rosario. In Buenos Aires, US Ambassador Lino Gutiérrez and his wife, Miriam, gave a warm reception for YOA and The Choral Arts Society of Washington in their elegant embassy residence.

This musical adventure, this tour-de-force, this life changing experience is YOA. To share with thousands of people how music can bring nations together, raise spirits above the mundane and ordinary, and help everyone become better human beings by combining individual capacities toward a common goal: this is how YOA enhances the lives of the participating young people and those around them.

"I wanted to thank you for all your efforts on behalf of YOA. It was great having you with us overseeing the logistical details of the travel process and I enjoyed working with you."

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