Rotary Youth International Orchestra


I invite you to join the world’s most upsetting Orchestra: the Orchestra of giving. That’s the reason why everyone is afraid to play in it!

As an orchestra conductor I have a dream: build up a new type of Orchestra, able to propagate a message of universal harmony through the language of music and the actions of its musicians.

Universal: because the values of music, youth and art are universal. Universal: because, in a World that is now small thanks to technology, it’s not only important but necessary to spread the values of internationality and brotherhood.

A goal I worked years to obtain, looking forward to make the Orchestra an artistic, cultural and moral experience. A youth’s hymn to music.

This is the Orchestra’s mission:

  • Spread a message of brotherhood and friendship through the universal language of music.
  • Stir up the love of music and culture in the young generations.
  • Offer young musicians a chance to fulfill their professional and artistic ambitions.
  • Carry out actions of public and humanitarian relevance.

During the past years the Rotary Youth International Orchestra had the pleasure to have musicians from 142 different countries. Among all the performances of the Orchestra I have very fond memories of the ones in India (“World Music Festival”, 1995) and Assisi (“Special concert for world peace and the harmony of the Universe “, 1998).

Humanity puts money in  football matches, wars, churches, politics, banks and continues to make wrong choices in all areas of life: while the economy prospers the human being dies. Investments are made in the spirit and not in matter.

The truth is that nobody wants to play in the Orchestra, we live in a world of soloists: churches, politics, government leaders, media, schools, actors, singers, musicians, institutions, companies… none of them teaches how to play in the Orchestra. On the other hand, Gandhi and Mother Teresa started with a few people, Christ only had 12 apostles but they sure made a difference!

I invite you to join this project…

because nobody, alone, is an Orchestra!



Be the inspirationRI President-elect Barry Rassin’s theme for 2018-19, Be the Inspiration, asks Rotarians to inspire change in the world and in each other. Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19.

“I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration to help Rotary move from reaction to action — to take a hard look at the environmental issues that affect health and welfare around the world and do what we can to help.”


“The world is a huge orchestra in which each one of us has his own little insignificant part to play. The success of your instrument and mine depends not upon the amount of noise they make, but upon how perfectly they harmonize with the instruments about us; and he who, sufficient unto himself, insists upon blowing his own horn in his own big pompous way, finds himself not only a maker of discords, but also persona non grata to all the rest of the band. If Rotary can bring home to us a fuller realization of the fact that we are not individual performers, but rather small parts of a stupendous entirety, not only will our lives harmonize better with the lives of those around us, but will also find them easier and better worth living.”

Paul Harris – March 1912 The National Rotarian

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