Home to some of Europe’s most famous philosophers, scientists, writers and musicians, Germany can be combined with tours in Austria and the Czech Republic, but we think it is a whirlwind tour all by itself. Through Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, Schumann and Schütz, Wagner and Weill (among many others) and all the castles, cathedrals and theaters that have played host to their performances, exploring Germanic history and culture is just as easy in-person as it is from your music stand.

Classical Movements started touring to Germany in 1995. Past groups have included (again, among so many others) the National Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Musica Viva, University of Kentucky Women’s Choir and Cantaré Children’s Choir. Distinguished German ensembles such as Leipzig’s Calmus and Windsbacher Knabenchor have toured the U.S. with Classical Movements and been featured during our own Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival.

Sights & Sounds

  • Berlin
  • Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Volksbühne
  • Potsdamer Platz
  • Frankfurt
  • Alte Oper
  • Goethe House & Museum
  • Munich
  • Glockenspiel Performances at Marienplatz
  • Bach’s Thomaskirche in Leipzig
  • Romanticism in Heidelberg
  • Beethovenfest & Beethovenhalle in Bonn


“Our Touring Choir just returned from an amazing 12-day performance tour of Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia and Italy.  It was an incredible adventure, with standing-room-only performances in St. Andrew’s Church in Salzburg, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Haydn Church in Vienna, Matthias Church in Budapest and St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. While in Austria, CCC participated in Classical Movements’ Rhapsody! International Choral Festival, joining wonderful vocal groups from Africa, Austria, Canada, China and the USA.”

Mikhail Shtangrud | Music Director, Colburn Children’s Choir, 2014

“Our choir tour to Bavaria and Austria exceeded expectations, in ways I could not have imagined possible. Classical Movements made our choir’s first tour such a resounding success that choir members are already asking where we are going next. Months after returning, they’re still posting pictures and sharing stories of this unforgettable experience. The church venues and organs where we performed were acoustically spectacular and provided many wonderful concert memories for us. Collaborating with local choirs in Munich and Vienna, tracing the footsteps of famous composers, our first-rate tour guides, delicious cuisine, vibrant cities along the Danube, the scenic countryside with its glorious mountains, lakes and castles…thanks for providing a unique and extraordinary cultural exchange.”

Jennifer L. Seighman | Artistic Director, San Antonio Choral Society, 2014


“The warm reception from the French people restored energy and health, as did the raucously enthusiastic audiences, packed houses, rave reviews, radio broadcasts, and extended ovations…”

-Peabody News | Sept, 1996

“The Wednesday flight from Barcelona to Lisbon had the most stringent bag restrictions yet, with hefty fines for those deemed too heavy. But the loaded-down musicians were allowed to board unimpeded. ‘Neeta worked her magic,’ murmured one.”

-Philadelphia Inquirer, David Patrick Stearns | Feb. 6, 2009

“The musical director and conductor of the Yale Glee Club said the group chose the destination ‘because of the wonderful friendships they discovered in Turkey.’ The Turkish word ‘dost’ (friends for life) is the reason we are performing in Istanbul,’ said Jeff Douma.”

-Hürriyet Daily News, Hatice Utkan | August 5, 2010

“We were met by friendly and caring guides who spoke excellent English and were sophisticated in matters relating to history, architecture and the way of life in Russia, both at the times of the czars and of the Soviet Union. A folkloric performance was of outstanding artistic quality.”

-International Travel News | Aug, 1998

“Deputy Chief of US Mission Kent Logsdon thanked Classical Movements for organizing such an amazing concert tour and praised YAC (Yale Alumni Chorus) musicians for their great charity activities and Vakhtang Kahidze for his wonderful orchestra.”

-Georgia Messenger, Salome Modebadze | June 28, 2011