Has anyone combined an international tour with a community service project? If not, I would also be interested in hearing about a domestic tour that had a public service component.
Suffolk County Community College, NY
I would have thought that performing music is itself a public-service project!
If we don’t think of it in that way, than what justification do we have — other than self-indulgence — to be doing it at all, when there are so many other socially relevant things we might otherwise be doing? (That is, if we’re not going all-in on making lots of money.)
Music Director/Conductor, The Hong Kong Bach Choir & Orchestra
I have a vocal ensemble that combines touring with service. I have found it to be a beautiful thing.
I am in Haiti though, and service projects abound! On our last tour we went to a children’s home and the group sang for the kids and then set up volleyball nets, jump rope, crafts and there was some spontaneous singing and dancing off in one corner. Everyone was expected to participate and engage with children. And it was wonderful.
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