Austria 2024

 

Important Forms and Updates

Passport Log Form – Due February 15, 2024

Online Tour Application

Tour Deposit

Tour Financial Aid Request – Due October 31, 2023

Handout from 9/24/23 Informational Meeting

Tour Itinerary – Updated September 24, 2023

Click here for pictures of our destinations, thanks to tour director Gerardo!
 

Current Fundraising Opportunities

Click here to sign up to work a snack stand shift

(you will earn 1 fundraising credit for each shift)



Tour Overview

  • Tour dates: July 8 – 18, 2024
  • Air Travel:  non-stop flights JFK to Milan
  • Participation in four concerts/international music festivals
  • Recreation (with students in mind) including a beach day, cultural tours/sightseeing, and a farewell dinner


Package Inclusions

  • Round trip airfare
  • Two meals a day – usually breakfast and dinner (drinks with meals not included)
  • Two tour buses, and 1 van for the instruments. 
  • Bilingual tour manager and driver on each bus
  • Double/triples/quads for students; Double occ. for adults (single room upgrade fee)
  • Educational, cultural, musical, recreational activities and entrance fees
  • Trip insurance is not included in the package; YOBC strongly recommends participants purchase trip insurance
  • No deviations from the tour package can be allowed


Tour Package Cost

Musician Rate (Current students and alumni): $3,500

Non-Musician Rate (parents, siblings, family): $4,200

 

Tour Rehearsal Dates

Friday April 26th  2024 – Tour Soiree/First rehearsal: 5:00 – 9:15pm

Sunday May 19th -Tour Rehearsal, 1:00 – 5:15

Sunday June 9: – Tour Rehearsal 1:00 – 5:15

Friday July 5: Tour Rehearsal 5:45 – 10:00

Saturday July 6: Tour Rehearsal 5:45 – 10:00

Sunday July 7: Tour Rehearsal 1:00 – 3:30, Bon Voyage Concert 4:00pm


Who Is Eligible?

  • YOBC students who are in Symphony Orchestra, Concert Winds, Wind Ensemble, Philharmonia, and Ripieno are eligible.
  • YOBC Alumni are invited to join the tour!
  • Parents and family members.  Younger siblings accompanying parents may qualify to perform with the tour ensemble pending an audition with Mr. Loughran.
  • Preference for space will go to students (over parents/siblings), and additional preference will go to ensure instrumental balance, and to early registrants.


Parent Tour Participation

  • All adults participating in the tour must serve as volunteer chaperones for part of the trip
  • We will take applications for 5 adults willing to function as overnight security chaperones. Tour discounts will be available for these positions. Please contact Erica Stockton (estockton@yobc.org)


How Do I Join?


Paying for the Tour

Limited Financial Aid is available for students with demonstrated need. Aid will be decided upon the basis of need on the part of both the student and YOBC touring ensemble. Please fill out the tour financial aid request form by 10/31/23 to be considered

Tour Payments can be made in installments according to the schedule below. Please make tour payments by check, written to “YOBC” with the the student/family name and ‘tour payment’ written on the memo line. Checks should be mailed to the YOBC office: 111 Pheasant Run, Suite 100, Newtown PA 18940

 

Installment Payment Schedule:

$100pp Initial Tour Deposit – Due October 31, 2023

*this deposit needs to be received to confirm your seat on the tour

First Installment:         November 1, 2023 ($1,000/pp, refundable)

Second Installment:    January 15, 2024 ($1,000/pp, refundable)

Third Installment:       February 15, 2024 ($1,000/pp or remainder of student price)

Fourth Installment:     March 15, 2024 (Final payment amount +/- any fundraising and chaperone credit adjustments)

 

Fundraising:  YOBC will provide fundraising opportunities for students/parents to help pay for their trip. If you are interested in helping to plan fundraising, have ideas to share, or are interested in being the committee head for tour fundraising, please contact Erica Stockton at estockton@yobc.org 


Leadership

 

  • Artistic Leadership:  Robert Loughran
  • Tour Company:  The International Music Exchange (TIME)(https://www.timeconcerts.co.uk/)
  • Tour Directors:  Monica and Gerardo Konig
  • Tour Administrator:   Erica Stockton


Tour Planning Committee

You can help us make this a great tour by joining the Tour Planning Committee. The committee is comprised of parents, the tour directors (Monica and Gerardo Konig), and YOBC staff.  The committee will meet regularly during YOBC rehearsals and/or online to give input and plan the tour in areas including procedures, security & safety, tour publicity, social events, financial recordkeeping and producing a tour handbook.  Meeting times will be announced via email and posted on the YOBC website.  Please indicate on the application form if you are interested in joining the Tour Planning Committee. Tour Committee members volunteer in the following areas:

 

  • Tour Document Collection
  • Tour Fundraising (Coordination)
  • Tour Treasurer (discount available for this position)
  • Tour Soiree and Rehearsal Refreshments
  • Tour Rehearsal Set-Up & Breakdown
  • Tour Departure Day Coordinators


Communication

All tour information will be posted on the tour page of the YOBC website. Please check the website regularly for updated information.   Communication will be conducted via email.    Please make sure that the primary email and student email addresses you designate on the tour application are addresses that you regularly monitor.  


Required Forms

In addition to the tour application form, there are a number of forms that all tour participants will be required to complete.  All forms will be available on the tour page of the YOBC website. Most forms can be submitted electronically.  Please take care to submit all forms by their due dates.

Passport Log Form – Due February 15, 2024

Please click here to fill out the passport log form. You will also need to send 3 copies of your passport to the office:
YOBC
111 Pheasant Run, Suite 100
Newtown, PA 18940

Instrument Information Form – Coming Soon!

Medical Forms – Coming Soon!

Forms coming this spring: t-shirt order form, roommate request form (1 month before departure), student conduct agreement
 

Passports  

All tour participants must have passport/visa which is valid through 6 months after the end of the tour.   Passport application and renewal can take time. Start now to make sure you have a valid passport for the tour.

Apply for or renew passports:   http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/apply.html

COVID-19 Concerns and Vaccinations:

We understand that we live in uncertain times. The YOBC Staff and Tour Directors will be consistently evaluating safety measures and trends for all of our upcoming tours. We will communicate any changes or decisions to you via email.