2019 Tour of the Baltics

Students from CYSO’s Symphony Orchestra will embark on a tour of the Baltics in June 2019, performing at world-class concert halls in some of northern Europe’s most beautiful and historic cities. With stops in Stockholm, Sweden; Tallinn, Estonia; Helsinki, Finland; and St. Petersburg, Russia, the 2019 tour will feature beautiful ferry rides across the Baltic Sea, sightseeing stops, and four professionally-produced concerts. Tour provides students with an unparalleled educational and cultural experience and memories to last a lifetime!


“The concert was held on Midsommar, a Swedish holiday second in importance only to Christmas, so we did not expect a large turnout. To our surprise, we actually ran out of programs for all the audience members!” Concertmaster Nicole Tong reflects on our first tour stop in Stockholm Sweden.

“Playing Jean Sibelius’s 7th symphony in the city were he once studied and composed…in the city where his name is known by everyone, was astounding.!” Cellist Maxwell Schultz writes about his experience in Helsinki, Finland.

“Our confidence during the performance in Tallinn was heightened by the smaller venue space. We also added some extra American flair to Copland’s Hoe-Down, the finale of our encore.” Harpist Catherine Ramsey reflects on the orchestra’s time in Tallinn, Estonia.

“Though short-lived, my time in St. Petersburg was definitely unforgettable. Ranging from stunning architecture to the beautiful Hermitage museum and our bittersweet final moments together, it was a visit I will never remember forever.” Oboist Oliver Talukder writes about our final tour destination: St. Petersburg, Russia.

“We knew it would not only be the last time we all performed together, but for many of us, it would be the last time we would play this amazing repertoire… As I looked around on stage, I saw many seniors’ eyes brimming with tears.” Co-Concertmaster Nicole Tong on the bittersweet moment when tour has come to an end.

Tour Schedule

Stockholm, Sweden

Referred to by locals as ‘beauty on water,’ Stockholm is the cultural, political, and economic capital of Sweden. The city boasts a well-preserved historic core with cobblestone streets and buildings dating back to the 1700s, along with a modern, dynamic city center. Stockholm stretches across fourteen islands where Lake Mälaren meets the Baltic Sea.

Sightseeing: Royal Palace, Old Town, Vasa Ship Museum, and City Hall where the Nobel Prize festivities take place, Skansen Open Air Museum

Performance: Friday, June 21

Helsinki, Finland

The capital of Finland, Helsinki is a vibrant seaside city with renewed focus on design, contemporary art, and urban planning, along with the traditional Finnish attraction, the sauna. The most northern of the continental European capitals, it’s often called the “white city of the north” because of the the many buildings constructed in local light-colored granite.

Sightseeing: Helsinki Cathedral, Market Square, Sibelius Memorial

Performance: Monday, June 24

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, the capital and largest city in Estonia, is situated on the northern coast of the country on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. Tallinn’s old town is one of the best preserved medieval cities in all of Europe. By contrast, the city is also dubbed the Silicon Valley of Europe and hosts the highest number of startups per person on the continent.

Sightseeing: Song Festival site, Toompea Castle, 14th century Town Hall, Niguliste Church, 15th century bastion “Keik-in-de-kok,” Rakvere Castle

Performance: Wednesday, June 26

St. Petersburg, Russia

Russia’s second largest city (after Moscow), St. Petersburg is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities. The cultural capital of Russia, the city’s rich history and atmosphere have inspired some of the modern world’s greatest literature, music, and art. The city was founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703 and has gone through a number of name changes over the years– from Petrograd (1914) then Leningrad (1924) and back to St. Petersburg (1991).

Sightseeing: Hermitage Museum, the Tsar’s Winter Palace

Performance: Friday, June 28

Thank you to the following organizations for their generous support of CYSO's 2019 Tour of the Baltics