In GTCYS, students are transformed by a holistic music education. Support from the community plays an important part in providing this enriching and life-changing music experience for hundreds of students each season. Every contribution helps keep tuition affordable, provide need-based scholarships, expand student opportunities, and reach diverse audiences through free performances. If you haven’t contributed this season or would like to make an additional gift, please consider making a tax-deductible donation by the end of our fiscal year on August 31. Click here to make your secure online donation or call Sarah Cooke at 651.602.6803. Thank you for playing a part.
We are thrilled to announce that Symphony will tour Argentina in June 2016! With a major concert in Buenos Aires, performances in Rosario and Santa Fe, plus amazing sights and cultural experiences, it promises to be an incredible adventure for students. This marks GTCYS’ first time to Argentina and our first tour to South America in 20 years. In considering possible destinations, we selected Argentina because of its enthusiastic concert audiences, cultural and historical opportunities, and its unique setting. Museums, tango lessons, ecological experiences, a cattle ranch excursion, and historical sights are just a few of the many highlights. Click here to see the tentative itinerary.
The experiential learning aspects of touring empower students with musical, social, and cultural opportunities that will shape their lives for years to come. We are thrilled that Symphony students will have the opportunity to experience Argentina as an orchestra next summer – and by providing need-based scholarships, we will do our best to ensure that every interested student can participate regardless of their financial circumstances.
Only Symphony members are eligible to participate on the tour, so students, keep practicing and remember to register for your audition here! Stay tuned for more details later this summer.
GTCYS provides a rigorous and inspiring year-round youth orchestra experiences for young musicians of all ages and abilities, and aids in their development as young artists and adults. Under the dynamic leadership of Artistic Director Mark Russell Smith, more than 850 students ages 8-18 from across the Twin Cities region now play in GTCYS’ academic-year orchestras and two summer programs. Beginning to advanced students excel musically and socially through inspiring rehearsals with the best artistic staff, unique performance opportunities, and engaging social activities. Due to increased demand for GTCYS’ enriching programs, we recently expanded our year-round programs to serve more students in deeper ways. Explore our website to learn more about our Summer Orchestras, String Orchestra Camp, and 2015-16 Auditions!
GTCYS is proud to be part of the Music Makes Us Whole initiative which advocates the importance of a rich music education for every child. Visit www.musicmakesuswhole.org for resources and social media links, and please get involved. Your voice matters!