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Parents' Perspective

“One summer evening in 1993 I stumbled across a performance of an orchestra
playing on the radio. It happened to be the Homecoming Concert of the 1993
IYSO being broadcast on Blue Lake Radio. As I listened to the comments of the
announcer and realized how young, yet how good, the group was, I went and
got my husband and oldest daughter to come listen. We were all amazed.
My husband and I told our daughter that this was a group she might be able
to be part of if she worked hard on her horn!

Fifteen years later, in 2008, our 5th and youngest child, Jacob, traveled with the
IYSO. All of our kids have been blessed with the unforgettable opportunity to play
under the direction of Mr. Stansell. This was in itself a remarkable experience.

As parents, we have found the International Program to be a wonderful
investment in our childrens’ lives. The program is highly organized and managed
meticulously. Expectations of the participants are very high, musically and socially.
We’ve always had complete confidence in the safety and well-being of our
children while they were gone. We knew they would have excellent supervision.

Our children have benefitted greatly. Their love of classical music, particularly
orchestral music, has grown. They have gained confidence in dealing with new
experiences, different cultures and foods, and in being gracious. They have made
great friends and memories along the way, and will be better prepared for life
because of this wonderful experience.”

Joel and Teresa Hunsberger
International Tours
‘95 ‘96 ‘98 ‘02 ‘04 ‘05 ‘06 ‘08