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 are expanding our year-round programs to serve more students in deeper ways. Explore our website to learn how you can play your part in our Summer Orchestras, String Orchestra Camp, and 2014-15 Orchestras!