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Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra Brazil Tour 2018

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Project ended on March 02, at 11:59 PM CST
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Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra Brazil Tour 2018

NISO to Brazil

The Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra plans to embark on a performance tour to Brazil from March 8-18, 2018. Forty-six students of the NISO will be combining with the Orchestra of the University of Caxias do Sul to perform works of American Composers.  Students will sit side-by-side with their Brazilian counterparts to perform two concerts, one in Caxias do Sul and one in Porto Alegre. The students of NISO will also perform chamber orchestra and chamber music works for the University community in Caxias while taking in the culture, history and sights of southern Brazil. 

Student Testimonial of Past Trips

Every four years, the NISO goes on a national or international tour and provides members with an unforgettable experience. The Symphony Orchestra has traveled to Brazil for a similar performance tour in the past. Current UNI senior, Jotham Polashek, went to Brazil as a freshman and says this about his experience.

The orchestra tour to Brazil my freshman year was a formative experience in my college career. I'd never been anywhere like it, and exploring the beautiful country with my friends and colleagues is something I'll never forget. Going to Brazil and playing the beautiful Mahler symphony alongside Brazilian musicians provided a truly transcendent night of beautiful music. We played better than I'd ever heard us play, and returned to UNI a closer ensemble. Even a short time in such a different culture can make a huge difference to any student with the opportunity to tour with the orchestra, and I'd wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who can do so.

Give Today!

You can help students, like Jotham, gain an incredible experience! Consider giving to this project today! Learn more about how your gift can make an impact by watching our video above or checking out the giving levels to the right.


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Student Meal

Help cover the cost of a meal for one student. Every donation matters to the students of the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra!



Your donation can help provide required health and travel insurance for two students.


Hotel Room

Donate at this level to provide one student with a night's stay in a hotel room.


Roundtrip Bus to Chicago

You can support one student's bus travel to and from Chicago, where our flight will depart and arrive!


Instrument Rental for One

A gift at this level will cover one week’s rental of a double bass or cello for a NISO student to play. We are unable to travel with these large instruments!


20 Meals

You can provide four students with lunch for five days while in Brazil!


Instrument Rental for Two

Help cover the cost of renting a cello or double bass for two students!


One Lunch for 46 Students

With a donation at this level, you can provide the entire symphony orchestra with one meal!


Instrument Rental for Four

Give today to provide four students with a cello or double bass during our week in Brazil.


Entire Land Package for One

A gift at this level will cover the cost of the entire land package for one student!


Instrument Rental for Eight

You can provide the rental of all large instruments to the eight members! Help us rent five basses and three cells needed to give members the chance to participate.


Airfare for One Student

You can provide one student with air travel to and from Brazil!


Full Cost for One Student

Help one student cover every expense for this incredible opportunity! You can provide a life-changing experience for one student!