The MacArthur High School Orchestra from San Antonio, Texas toured Austria as part of the American Celebration of Music, March 10-19, 2017. Performances included an evening concert in Pfarrkirche Maria am Gestade in Innsbruck, the Pfarrkirche St. Georgen with the town brass band near Salzburg, a formal concert in the Minoritenkirche in Vienna, a special concert for students at the Vienna Institute of the Blind, and a one-on-one workshop with Hannelore Farnleitner in Salzburg.
Jan Garverick, the director, recently gave us the following feedback from her experience:
Thanks for an extremely smooth trip - beautiful, educational, and aesthetically charged!
Every day was quite special. My highlight was the morning at the [Vienna] Institute of the Blind, including the interaction with and appreciation from the students. The concert was a most heartwarming experience - loved by adults and students.
My students liked the concert at Pfarrkirche [St. Georgen]. It was a lovely church, welcoming congregation and choirmaster, and the Mayor came. They also enjoyed going to the local restaurant there [Restaurant Wirt z'Eching] with the trumpets, dancers, and locals. Great atmosphere, food, and people.
I was extremely pleased with Lana [tour manager]. Smart, organized, thoughtful, and not overbearing. We enjoyed her a lot. I was very pleased with the excellent guides everywhere. We had guides from previous trips and it was so wonderful to see them again. I was very pleased with the sightseeing. The snowfall was fantastic for our Texas children who have never seen snow.
Extremely smooth trip, no drama - absolutely no fear, a friendly atmosphere, and an educational and cultural experience beyond belief.
I will not travel with anyone else - due to the high quality of Music Celebrations. Thanks so much for another unforgettable experience!
Jan Garverick, Orchestra Director
MacArthur High School
San Antonio, Texas