On Monday, February 11, we will announce the Tacoma Youth Chorus Tour 2020 details to singers (Chamber grade 8 and Chorale grades 9-12 – this year’s graduating seniors are eligible to come back in a year and be a part of the tour choir – please talk with Mrs. Herrington or Martha, if interested in this option) and families. This is going to be the “BEST TYC SUMMER TOUR EVER!” (direct quote from Martha Leonhardt, TYC Executive Director).
TYC’s international tour tradition dates back to 2003 when we first traveled “across the pond” to sing in a choir festival in Canterbury Cathedral when our singers combined with other international choirs to perform under the direction of Henry Leck and David Flood. Since then, TYC has completed 7 international tours, visiting Canterbury multiple times, England, Ireland, France, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, and Canada.
Recently, a parent of two singers (two different tours) shared:
We value the wonderful friendships our daughters have made with singers and staff . . . We also value the lessons in world travel. The TYC summer tours provide the gold standard for teen travel abroad. Since both of our daughters participated in tours, we compare every other travel opportunity to what we learned from TYC — safety, supervision, teen conduct, learning opportunity, value, fun! To this day, with our college kids abroad, we refer back to lessons learned from the TYC tour experiences!
We are eager to share with families and singers not only the tour itinerary but the philosophy of TYC touring, and answer any questions about Tour 2020.
In the meantime, you may enjoy reading some of our blog from the last tour to France, Germany and England.
If you know of anyone who might be interested in this experience and isn’t presently a member of Tacoma Youth Chorus, they are welcome to join us for our meeting.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the big announcement on Monday, February 11, 7:00pm, in the CWA Lower School Commons!
Here are some photos from previous tours: