Legacy of learning, thrilling repertoire, memorable performances, touring –alumni have shaped the GTCYS experience!

Since 1972, GTCYS has helped more than 16,000 young people attain excellence, practice teamwork and explore their connection to the world around them. While many GTCYS alumni can be found in the world’s most esteemed orchestras, the majority apply the values they learned in GTCYS – excellence, teamwork, and community engagement – in their lives as teachers, doctors, lawyers, parents, engineers, scientists and more. No matter what path our students pursue, the GTCYS experience is a memorable, inspiring part of a young person’s life – with benefits that last a lifetime.

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GTCYS Alumni Association was created to help alumni reconnect with GTCYS and each other. It is free to join and open to anyone who participated in GTCYS. Alumni Association members enjoy social events and discounted concert tickets, and can determine their own level of involvement, from attending events to volunteering on a committee, to serving on the Alumni Council.


Questions? Contact GTCYS Executive Director Megen Balda at 651-602-6802 or

Stay connected! You can also connect with other alumni by joining the Alumni Facebook Page!

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Alumni Council

The Alumni Council is the Alumni Association’s leadership group. Council members spearhead alumni activities, recruit Association and Council members, work with GTCYS staff and Board on new initiatives, coordinate alumni events, and serve as GTCYS ambassadors. Interested in learning more about serving on the Council? Contact GTCYS Executive Director Megen Balda at 651-602-6802 or

We are grateful for the leadership of GTCYS’ current Alumni Council members:

Lani Willis, chair
Ian McLellan
Luther Ranheim
Karin Vacarro
Sharna Wahlgren

Giving: Carry on the Legacy!

Music’s ability to enlighten, educate, and energize young minds is as important today as it was when you were in GTCYS. Please join your fellow alumni in supporting GTCYS’ by contributing to the Alumni Campaign! Tax-deductible contributions of any amount help GTCYS keep tuition affordable, meet increased demand for scholarships, offer students a high quality experience, and share music with the community. Every gift makes a difference – contribute today!


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