The Inspiration

Bridging 90 miles of water, with music and friendship.
Juntos en Armonia – Together in Harmony.

©Pixelcharge Photos, 2018

In 2015, the Minnesota Orchestra made headlines across the world with its historic tour to Cuba. In Havana, the Orchestra worked side-by-side with young Cuban musicians who showed everyone involved the power of heart and perseverance; in America, those involved in the tour returned to insatiable curiosity and excitement. It is a rare thing to be at a place in history where you can see change as it happens; we are there now.

The energy around this tour sparked the idea of bringing Cuban and American student musicians together for a similar musical and cultural exchange, designed to broaden horizons, provide youth with the highest level of artistic training, and shed light on that which can bring our neighboring countries together.

Please note that though the Minnesota Orchestra’s historic visit to Cuba served as the inspiration for CAYO, our project is operated and funded entirely independent of the Minnesota Orchestra.