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  • Pretoria
  • Soweto
  • Johannesburg
  • Cape Town
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Makhanda

This 120-member orchestra of talented 12 to 21-year olds—led by its co-founder and guiding force Benjamin Zander—embarks on a 15-day, multi-city tour.

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BPYO and Stefan Jackiw after performing Mendelssohn Violin Concerto at Symphony Hall on November 24, 2019

In fulfillment of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s motto of “Shaping Future Leaders through Music,” the 2020 tour will feature performances throughout South Africa, and numerous opportunities to collaborate with local young musicians.The tour is arranged by the international tour management company, Classical Movements.


BPYO musicians working with local students in Brazil for the 2019 tour.



Emily Chen, violin"One indispensable reason why we go on tour is to share our music beyond the Boston music scene. Every person in this world deserves to be able to go to concerts or surround themselves with music, and with our international tours, we have been able to expand that opportunity for countless individuals. We may be young people, but we have been given the chance to change the world with love, music, and possibility, and that is why our international tours are so important.“  —Emily Chen, BPYO alumna

Reese Williams, French horn"After being on tour, I see the world differently, and I firmly believe it’s because now, I always keep my head up…When you look up, you notice everything, every last detail. I’ve always looked at my shoes like I was carrying some kind of burden, but now I can’t stop looking up. I feel a little lighter, a little freer, a little more human."  —Reese Williams, BPYO alumnus


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