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Tours, Retreats, & Festivals
Past MPO Excursions
2015 Detroit Tour
Invitation to WRCJ 90.9 FM's "Summer in the Park: Classical Tuesday"
2016 Orchestra Hall Debut
Invitation to the Annual Chicago Int'l Music Festival held at the Chicago Symphony Center.
2017 European Tour
Tour of Austrian cities including Vienna, Salzburg, Halstatt, and more, hosting a total of four concerts.
2018 New York City Tour
Debut at world-renowned Carnegie Hall and Zankel Hall.
2020 European Tour
(Cancelled due to COVID-19)
Tour of Prague, Budapest, and Bratislava
2022 IMEC in Peoria
Invitation to ILMEA's All-State Conference, performance at the Peoria Civic Center Concert Hall and MPO Conducting Workshop
2023 First Annual Overnight Retreat
Overnight retreat at Chicago sponsored by Elmhurst University.
2023 Los Angeles Tour
Tour of LA, performing at Disneyland and Walt Disney Concert Hall.
"I think what made the tour all the more worth it was the payoff from all the practice we had done before it. It was super gratifying to pull off great performances in really cool places."
-Justin Benjamin, 2019 Graduate
"MPO tours offered me the ability to not only perform on world class stages, but to do so with profound musicians that I had the privilege to call my friends. These opportunities were truly formative and transformative experiences, and ones I will carry with me for the rest of my life."
-Katherine Waterman, 2021 Graduate
"Getting the opportunity to travel and play with MPO not only inspired me to improve my own musical skills, but broadened my perspective on the rich history of classical music and created a family-like unity amongst the orchestra."
-Nicole Setiawan, 2022 Graduate
"The MPO tours were an incredible opportunity to immerse ourselves in music and grow collectively as an ensemble. We brought our music through nursing homes, concert halls, churches, and cathedrals; our repertoire and our ensemble were the only constants in the ever-changing environments. To adapt to diverse acoustical venues, we learned to lift our eyes away from our parts and towards the music around us. We learned to adjust articulations and dynamics on instinct. We learned to find beauty in previously unheard harmonies. By the end, we came away with a much deeper understanding of the music and our peers than we could ever achieve from the weekly rehearsals at home. From the youngest students to the seasoned graduates, the tours undoubtedly brought the joy of music to all of our musicians and our audience."
-Tomoko Sakurayama, 2019 Graduate
St. Stephens Cathedral, Vienna, Austria
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