The American Honors Youth Orchestra


“Tour of Hope and Healing”

17 Days /16 Nights

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From $4355.00
The American Honors Youth Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Andrew Gekoskie, announces the 2022 European Tour, Tour of Hope and Healing.  The ensemble is open to the country’s best orchestral musicians between the ages of 16-25.  This auditioned full orchestra will be in residence in the Washington, D.C. area one week prior to their European Tour to rehearse, interact with each other, and learn from exemplary section coaches in preparation for the tour.  As a member of the orchestra you will serve as an American Music Ambassador representing your home, school, ensemble, state and region of your country on our “Tour of Hope and Healing”.
Open to US citizens or permanent residents (green card holders) from throughout the country, The American Honors Youth Orchestra is open, by audition, to musicians between the ages of 16-25 (as of June 1, 2022). Bringing together the best young musicians from throughout the US, the orchestra will tour and perform in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany and Slovakia. The American Honors Youth Orchestra will be a full-sized symphony orchestra of about 100 musicians.  Musicians may apply on the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, and percussion including timpani.
The American Honors Youth Orchestra and European Tour will have many full scholarships for accepted applicants. The program will cover all expenses related to instructional, rehearsal, performance, tour activities, airfare during the tour, transportation while in residence in Washington, D.C. and throughout the tour, meals, sightseeing, and hotels.  Items not covered will be the necessary transportation/airfare and related instrument baggage costs to and from Washington, D.C. for the residency and pick up from Dulles airport after the tour. Additionally, musicians will be responsible for payment of their $50 initial application fee paid at the time of audition submission as well as the cost of a current US Passport.  
**Please note: Cash discount $150.00.  Tour prices may change depending upon airfare and sponsorship levels and/or exchange rates at the time of Go Performing purchasing goods and services.  

Application Process:

Applications will be evaluated based upon the musician’s musicality, technical abilities, musicianship, willingness to travel, references, biographical essay, and passion.  Each applicant will submit a video recording of listed orchestral excerpts for their instrument.  You will be uploading your video files using our online application via our partners at Acceptd.  File sizes up to 5GB are accepted. We do recommend a high-quality video consistent with an internet video, recorded in segments for uploading.
Audition materials will include: recorded performance segments of required repertoire; 2 reference letters from musicians/directors who have worked with you or have assessed your playing abilities; Biographical Essay (300 words maximum).
The excerpts for the 2022 AHYO auditions are linked below.  Please select, download, and print the appropriate part at your convenience.  


  • March 31, 2021: Audition excerpts are posted for the 2022 Tour
  • June 1, 2021: Application window opens on Acceptd
  • August 15, 2021: Application deadline
  • September 1, 2021: Recommendations deadline
  • October 1, 2021: Applicants notified, via email, of their status
  • June 27, 2022: Residency/Rehearsals begin in Washington, D.C.

Application Requirements:

  • Video Audition - one take for each excerpt without editing. At the beginning of your video please include a spoken introduction of your name, instrument, hometown and excerpt you will be performing.
  • Submission of a Biographical Essay - maximum 300 words describing your background/experiences as well as how this tour will help you with attaining your musical and personal goals.
  • Two Recommendations - each recommendation should be completed by a conductor/director/musician who can attest to your musical and personal qualities. The recommendations will be emailed directly to our offices.

The Residency & Tentative Tour:

  • June 27: Students Arrive - Check-in to Hotel
  • June 28: Seating Auditions - Welcome Dinner - First Full Rehearsal
  • June 29: Sectionals - Full Rehearsal
  • June 30: Check-in at Dulles Airport - Depart USA
  • July 1: Arrive in Vienna - Welcome Dinner - Stay at the Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel
  • July 2: Vienna
  • July 3: Vienna City Tour - Open Rehearsal & Cultural Exchange - Mozart Dinner Concert
  • July 4: Open Rehearsal & Cultural Exchange - Depart for Vienna Dinner & Folklore Show in the Vienna Woods - Stay at the Penta Hotel
  • July 5: Prague City Tour - Ferry to Bratislava - Concert in Brastislava - Return to Vienna
  • July 6: Tour Schonbrunn Palace - Rehearsal/Sound Check - Concert in Vienna
  • July 7: Depart for Cesky Krumlov - City tour of Cesky Krumlov - Continue to Prague - Dinner in Old Town Prague
  • July 8: Prague City Tour - Open Rehearsal & Cultural Exchange - Private Dinner Cruise
  • July 9: Tour of Prague Castle - Rehearsal/Sound Check - Concert in Prague
  • July 10: Depart for Dresden - Guided Tour of Dresden - Arrive in Berlin - Stay at the Park Inn by Radisson Berlin
  • July 11: Berlin City Tour - Checkpoint Charlie Museum - Rehearsal/Sound Check - Concert in Berlin
  • July 12: Tour of Charlottenburg Palace - Free Time in Berlin - Farewell Dinner Banquet
  • July 13: Flight back to USA/Dulles Airport

Tentative Tour Repertoire List:
  • Weiner Philharmoniker Fanfare - Strauss
  • Variations on a Shaker Melody - Copland
  • Symphonic Metamorphosis - Hindemith
  • Dusk - Bryant
  • Overture to Candide - Bernstein
  • Mambo -Bernstein
  • Stars and Stripes Forever - Sousa

The American Honors Youth Orchestra is sponsored by Go Performing a Division of MARS and Companies
Additional Corporate and Individual Sponsors Include:

Conductor - Andrew Gekoskie
The American born conductor Andrew Gekoskie is Music Director of The Orchestra X Project and Gardens Pops Orchestra, professional orchestras located in South Florida (USA).
Gekoskie, a Pennsylvania (USA) native, made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2002 and has guest conducted orchestras at home and abroad including The Butler Symphony, The Hartt Symphony, The Winchester Orchestra, The Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra, The Langley Symphony Orchestra and The Minnesota Youth Orchestra to name a few.
As founder and Music Director of the Orchestra X Project and Gardens Pops Orchestras Andrew Gekoskie continues to present programs that reach all ages using traditional and non-traditional settings. A proponent of new music Gekoskie was responsible for several new music commissions, world-premieres and collaborations by composers Arturo Rodriguez, Steven Bryant, John Mackey and Richard Danielpour. Gekoskie is also very committed to promoting music education for all children. His vision and initiatives to bring classical music to all students are ongoing and have expanded outreach programs, engaged the greater community, increased fundraising initiatives, and planted the seeds for the audiences of tomorrow.
Gekoskie’s mission has always been a commitment to change every member of the audiences’ lives through music’s extraordinary power to communicate, and thus inspire, uplift, educate and entertain. Believing in collaboration at all levels, Andrew believes that music embodies knowledge and innovation, individual effort and collective achievement, and offers a work-environment that is full of opportunities for excellence, self-actualization and partnerships.
Maestro Gekoskie has studied with a wide range of conductors including: Stanley DeRusha, H. Robert Reynolds, Craig Kirchhoff, Robert Cameron, Allan McMurray and Vincent LaSelva.

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