MU School of Music Blog
Austria/Czech Republic 2019
Our last day was spent taking a more in-depth tour of Prague. The highlight was learning about the city’s Jewish Ghetto, which has an old and fascinating history. It even has the oldest Jewish synagogue in all of Europe. After the morning tour, we had the afternoon to ourselves to shop and visit more sights.
We traveled to Dresden today. The city was heavily bombed by the Allied forces during World War II. Nearly all of the historic city center was destroyed during the bombing but most of it has been restored to prewar conditions. The city’s story and revitalization made for a fascinating visit. Some of our group attended a noon organ concert at the Dresden Frauenkirche, a Lutheran church.
Today we had two concerts! The first performance was outdoors in Hradcany Square just beside Prague Castle. We had a warm audience of tourists and music-lovers. We even met an alum of Mizzou and former member of Dr. Manzo’s tuba studio! The afternoon consisted of a walking tour of the castle and some free time inside the old city walls.
We left Vienna this morning for Prague. We loved getting to know the history and people of Vienna. We heard such great musicians and had receptive audiences at both of our concerts. On our way to Prague, we stopped at Česky Krumlov, a charming Czech city set along the Vlata river. The city had a impressive castle and lots of nice shops and restaurants in town.
Today was a big day for many of us, as we visited Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and setting for The Sound of Music! The city was beautiful and we had perfect weather. Highlights included the Salzburg castle, sights from the movie, and the early homes of Mozart. We also learned a lot about Austrian history from our guide, Willie, on our way to and from Salzburg.
We had a busy day! We were able to sleep in a bit and then took a tour of the city center with Willie, our fantastic tour guide. During the lunch hours, we had some free time to walk around on our own and further explore sights of interests. Many students chose to find the best views of the city, including climbing the steeple stairs at St. Stephan’s Cathedral.
We had our first performance of the trip at the Blindenmarkt School. The approximately 500 middle school-age children made for a very enthusiastic and receptive crowd. After the concert, we were able to chat with some of the students and take a tour of the school. We then stopped at Schonbrunn Palace on our way back to Vienna.
“What do we say to sleep? Not today!”
Sweden and Estonia 2018
May 22-Day 9
Our day began when we departed the ferry in Tallinn, Estonia. The choir took a “Hop On/Hop Off” bus tour of the city. We saw sights like the Botanical Gardens, Singing Festival grounds, Old Town, numerous cathedrals, and more.
May 18-Day 5
Today we took the seven hour bus commute to Stockholm. After arriving, we enjoyed an extensive driving tour of the city. That evening, we settled into our hotel.