ABSTRACT

Colorful anecdotes introduce two recent Cornell University Wind Symphony community-engaged performance tours of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The author planned and led these tours in partnership with musicians and musical institutions from both countries. In providing an appropriate context for the book, the author discusses traditional ensemble performance tours, which focus primarily on performance and tourism, and outlines the advantages of community-engaged performance tours that place performance and community engagement on equal footing and significantly advance social interaction by engaging with communities rather than merely performing for them.