“I saw the greater purpose I can serve in the world as a musician.”American CAYO musician, May 2019, Havana
“Their musicianship was truly innate, instinctual, so unique and original. It was really a wonderful, life-changing type of thing for me, for many of us, really.”R. Douglas Wright, Principal Trombone, Minnesota Orchestra
“When we sit together and play music sharing a stand with these students, there’s tremendous communication. And there’s so much that’s shared in common that we understand without having to say a word and that’s what music is – is a language that everyone can connect through.”Kathryn Nettleman, Acting Associate Principal Bass, Minnesota Orchestra
“This was such a powerful experience. The opportunity to meet and perform with musicians in Cuba was incredible and really emphasized the power of music as a universal language.”Elizabeth Stewart, violinist/CAYO participant, February 2018
“Getting to be involved in CAYO has been one of the best things that has happened in my life, not just for the experiences, the learning, and everything that it has given me professionally, but also from a human point of view.”José Luis Rubio Reyes, Cuban CAYO violinist, May 2019, Havana
Travel to Cuba with CAYO on an Arts Delegation
Our next delegation brings musicians and citizen diplomats to Havana
under the Support for the Cuban People travel license.
February 26-March 2, 2020
For more info, click here
2019 CAYO Inaugural Tour
Juntos En Armonía • Together in Harmony
May 20-26, 2019
CAYO embarked on its first full orchestra tour this past spring, marking the first large-scale artistic collaboration between the United States and Cuba. Presented by the international concert tour management company Classical Movements, in association with the Cuban Institute of Music and the National Center for Concert Music, CAYO’s “Juntos en Armonía/Together in Harmony” tour saw the newly formed ensemble of college-aged American and Cuban musicians make its debut in Cuba.