The Young Tradition Touring Group are teen and near-teen players, singers and dancers who focus on learning and performing traditional music and dance repertoire over the course of a 9-month, early September through early May session, including an April performance tour. Group members learn from and are supported by artist leaders, visiting master musicians and dancers/dance leaders, in addition to musical exchanges with master artists, young musicians and dancers while on performance tours. Touring Groups have previously traveled to Scotland, Japan, Cape Breton, Northumberland in England, the West Coast of Ireland, and metropolitan New York and New Jersey.
Members attend rehearsals, participate in fundraising, perform at dances, concerts and festivals regionally, and travel as part of a performance tour. Members have been mostly from Vermont, but are not limited to Vermont. The group has also included members from Quebec, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Maine. There are no entry, membership or participant fees other than rooms and meals costs associated with a late December rehearsal (2 overnights) and travel costs associated with the performance tour.
- Being part of the Touring Group, I discovered the kind of connections that music can make, especially when you are using it to give back to your community. (Romy-Ireland, Cape Breton, Japan, Scotland)
- Being in the group is about welcoming people into your music. It is about connecting with your audience, it is about teaching people of any age what it means to play an instrument, and it is about inspiring music in others. (Eliza-Cape Breton, Japan, Scotland)
- Because of the Touring Group I am proud to be a teenager that continues to learn and perform traditional and Celtic music. I no longer shy away from explaining what the fiddle is. I am proud of what I do and that there are other people my age and younger that enjoy it. (Molly-Cape Breton, Scotland)
- Being part of the Touring Group has had a very large positive impact on my musical skill. It has exposed me to many different cultures and musical styles. And it’s given me opportunities to share my music in ways that build community within the group, within communities, and across cultures. (Ben-Ireland, Cape Breton, Scotland)
- The Touring Group enables young people to continue discovering music traditions that, if not for groups like this, might well find their end in the near future. Through travels, masterclasses, sessions, friendships, and simply listening to music, you are taking advantage of the great gift of being exposed to cultures other than your own and developing as a musician. To be able to travel and play with immensely talented musicians at such a young age builds the foundation for a life appreciating other cultures and playing the music of the past and the future. (Dana- Cape Breton, Scotland)
- I believe that young people have a responsibility to learn and carry on the traditions of their culture, and the Touring Group supportd youth doing that. I am proud to be a part of this line, and look forward to being a link in our musical history. (Ada-Cape Breton, Scotland)
- The overall experience is incredible. The people who make this possible are hard-working, dedicated individuals to whom I am eternally grateful. The Touring Group is packed with great tunes, solid performances, and many new friendships. From the Touring Group, some new Vermont bands have even begun to emerge. I look forward to future years of traveling and performing with other teens. (Alexander-Ireland, Cape Breton, Japan, Scotland)
- The Touring Group does far more than simply allow you to meet a group of incredible people, it truly gives you the ability to grow infinitely as a musician. Whether you take a leadership role and grow as a mentor and teacher, or you build your technique and ability to listen, each member comes out as a stronger player and musician. (Ceile-Northumberland, Ireland, Cape Breton, Scotland)
- Music has brought so much to my life, and in return I plan to give back by performing, learning and raising my skill level, teaching and mentoring younger students. (Hadley-Cape Breton, Scotland)
- Because of the Touring Group, I now know not only how to better listen to and play with others and how to play a basic traditional accompaniment, but I know to act so that those around me will be the better off, to derive the purest form of happiness simply from being around the people I love and doing the things I love. (Sebastiaan-Cape Breton, Japan, Scotland)
The Touring Group is one of 30 programs operated by Young Tradition Vermont. For more information contact Executive Director Mark Sustic at firstname.lastname@example.org