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Music Celebrations International

presents the


Under the Direction of
Dr. Deborah Perkins (Cross Timbers Youth Orchestra [Dallas])
and Desiree Overree (Seven Lakes High School [Katy])

Summer 2006 Tour

July 8 – 21, 2006
12 nights / 14 days

Rome, Florence & Venice Italy
Innsbruck, Salzburg &Vienna





Music Celebrations International welcomes you to the Texas Youth Orchestra Summer 2006 Tour. MCI has been organizing concert tours of exceptional quality throughout the world for over 25 years.


Our lifelong experience has been that music is not about competition.  It has to do with feelings and ideas that cannot be expressed in words.  We are very excited about the musical stimulation this tour will undoubtedly provide. This is the life-changing focus of Music Celebrations! We look forward to associating with you in this special performance opportunity.



Music Celebrations International











Texas Youth Orchestra


Deborah Perkins – Southern Methodist University



Desiree Overree



Music Celebrations International


Fax: 480.894.5137












This section contains the most up-to-date information from Debbie and Des regarding the tour.


Thursday, February 16, 2006



Click here for the July 2006 Newsletter which includes…

  • Countdown!
  • Information you need before you leave
  • Flight & Hotel
  • Safety
  • Home Camp information
  • Mistakes to Avoid
  • And more!


Click here for the June 2006 Newsletter which includes…

  • Important ‘Before You
  • Go” Checklists
  • Trip Expectations
  • Language Tips
  • And more!


Click here for the May 2006 Newsletter which includes…

  • Repertoire information
  • Articles on Cremona
  • and Stradivarius
  • Hotel information
  • And more!


Click here for the April 2006 Newsletter which includes…

  • Capturing your memories
  • Sparing Change (fundraising)
  • Academy Gallery (Florence)
  • A Packing Philosophy
  • And more!


Click here for the March 2006 Newsletter which includes…

  • Before you go
  • Orchestra Uniforms
  • St. Paul’s within the Walls
  • “Up Your Nose”
  • Respecting Local Citizens
  • Summer Rehearsal Schedule
  • More Tech Links


Click here for the February 2006 Newsletter which includes…

  • Information about using money in Europe
  • An article about Mozart’s Skull
  • Summer Rehearsal Schedule
  • Contact information
  • PLUS the Mozart Action Figure!!!


Click here for the December 2005 Newsletter.


The Brochure


The directors have produced an excellent brochure that gives an outstanding overview of the tour. Here’s an excerpt:


Music is the universal language.  It crosses international borders, unifies cultures, uplifts the spirit, and conveys so much, with so little.   The discovery of new countries, new cultures, new languages, and new friends broadens our knowledge and furthers our understanding of our world.


The Texas Youth Orchestra endeavors to provide a quality education from top string educators from across our state.  We enable Texas students to reach across international borders to further their own study of music and learn about the cultures of Europe… Click here for the entire brochure.









Click here to download and view a special PowerPoint presentation created by Debbie and Des about the trip. This is a big file (almost 14MB) so give it a little time.


If you do not have Microsoft PowerPoint, click here for the free viewer.







·         April 1  Passports sent to MCI- or explained why not yet

·         April 1  Equipment list finalized- sent to Deb or Dez 

·         April 1  Deviator request sent to Deb or Dez

·         April 22  First “wave” of music learned

·         April 28  Have “Irish Party in Third Class” memorized

·         May 1  Roommate preference due to TYO

·         May 15  Orange Blossom Special” memorized

·         May 31  Second Wave of Music memorized

·         July 5-7  Home Camp at Southern Methodist Univ.

                    (Farewell Concert July 7th @ 7pm)

·         July 8  Depart!



First Wave Repertoire

BERNSTEIN: Music from “West Side Story”


            “I Feel Pretty”


“One Hand, One Heart”



COPLAND: “Hoe-Down” from Rodeo

GAELIC STORM: Irish Party in Third Class

PUCCINI/NAUGHTIN: “Che Gelida” from La Boheme

PUCCINI/NAUGHTIN: “Musetta’s Waltz” from La Boheme

TRADITIONAL/NAUGHTIN: Orange Blossom Special



Second Wave Repertoire

BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 

CORELLI: Concerto Grosso Opus 6 No. 1

VIVALDI: Concerto Alla Rustica

MOZART: Divertimento, K. 157  Mvmts I & III

LEHAR: Themes from the “Merry Widow”

STRAUSS: “On the Beautiful Blue Danube”

NUNEZ: The Texians


























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What are the attributes of a Texas Youth Orchestra member?

·        Not just anyone can go on the Texas Youth Orchestra tour in 2006. This outstanding orchestra requires outstanding musicianship, as well as high character. Also, orchestra members must be recommended by their directors.

·        Click here for the Qualities of a Texas Youth Orchestra member.

·        Click here for the Director Recommendation form.

o       This form should be returned directly to either Deborah Perkins or Desiree Overree



Who do I call with questions?

·        The fastest and best way for you to have your questions answered is to call on your directors (see contact information above). If they can’t answer your question they will forward you to the most appropriate contact at Music Celebrations International.


Who is Music Celebrations International?

·        A company who provides unique performance and educational opportunities to performing groups. See our webpage.

·        For more information, see our brochure.

·        Who has traveled with Music Celebrations International in the past?

o       Orchestras?

o       Groups from Texas?



Where are we going and what does our tour include?



How do I sign up and how much does it cost?

·        Step one: Download and complete the registration form (which also includes the tour costs.

·        Step two: Include a $500 check made payable to Music Celebrations International (or make sure your credit card information is on the form).

·        Step three: Send registration form (and check when applicable) to the following address:

o       Texas Youth Orchestra Tour

c/o Music Celebrations International

1440 S. Priest Dr., Suite #102

Tempe, AZ  85226



Is Individual Insurance Coverage is included with this tour?

·        Yes! Individual insurance coverage is included in all MCI programs.

o       Summary of Coverage

§         $10,000 Travel Accident

§         $  1,000 Medical Expense (accident or illness)

§         $     300 Baggage Coverage

§         $     600 Trip Cancellation/Interruption/Delay

·        Travel Assistance Services include a 24-hour Emergency Hotline Service covering Emergency Cash, Medical Referral, Legal Assistance, Lost Ticket and Passport Assistance and Emergency Medical Transportation (evacuation, repatriation, medical escort, etc) to $5,000.

·        Please note that cash is not covered. Additional optional health and accident, baggage, and trip cancellation insurance is available

·        Additional coverage is available and is described in the MCI Travel Insurance Booklet.

o        For Instance, you automatically get $600 in Trip Cancellation insurance. If you want $3,900 worth of insurance, you would need to pay an additional $155.

·        Whether or not you decide to purchase additional insurance, the Insurance Information and Waiver form must be downloaded, reviewed, completed and returned to Music Celebrations International (with a check if you are purchasing additional insurance).



What about a passport? How do I get one?

·        1st, make sure that if you do have a passport that it will be valid through August 2006. If not, please renew your passport. View this State Department site for instructions.

·         First time passport applicants need to apply in person. View this State Department site for instructions.



What do I need to know about luggage?



What do I need to know about money?



What about instrument insurance. Is that provided with the cost of our tour?

·        No, instrument insurance is not provided in the cost of the tour.

·        Here are two companies that do provide instrument insurance policies. Music Celebrations International does not endorse either company, but merely provides their information for your convenience.

o       Clarion Associates Incorporated:

o       Heritage Insurance Services Incorporated:

·        For instruments with a more modest value, some homeowners policies will cover instruments overseas. MCI recommends that you check with your insurance provider.











CIA World Factbook - Italy

CIA World Factbook - Austria

Italy - Lonely Planet

Austria - Lonely Planet

Italy - Wikipedia

Austria - Wikipedia

Italian Tourism

Austrian Tourism











Mozart 2006 - Austria Celebrates the Genius!

Music Celebrations International

The Mozart Project

Southern Methodist University - Debbie Perkins

Jubilate! - Salzburg Celebrates Mozart's 250th

Cross Timbers Youth Orchestra

Mozart Quotes

Seven Lakes High School Fine Arts Department

When Mozart passed away, he was buried in a churchyard. A couple days later, the town drunk was walking through the cemetery and heard some strange noise coming from the area where Mozart was buried. Terrified, the drunk ran and got the priest to come and listen to it. The priest bent close to the grave and heard some faint, unrecognizable music coming from the grave.

Frightened, the priest ran and got the town magistrate. When the magistrate arrived, he bent his ear to the grave, listened for a moment, and said, "Ah, yes, that's Mozart's Ninth Symphony, being played backwards."

He listened a while longer, and said, "There's the Eighth Symphony, and it's backwards, too. Most puzzling." So the magistrate kept listening; "There's the Seventh...the Sixth...the Fifth..." Suddenly the realization of what was happening dawned on the magistrate; he stood up and announced to the crowd that had gathered in the cemetery, "My fellow citizens, there's nothing to worry about. It's just Mozart decomposing."