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A Spectacular Symphony Season Closer

At Sunday, April 22nd’s Symphony concert, audiences will be treated to an outstanding performance of Alexander Arutiunian’s Concerto for Trumpet by GTCYS’ Young Soloists Concerto Competition winner, Quincy Erickson. After investing months of practice in this concerto, Quincy is “unbelievably excited to walk onstage as the featured soloist.” Quincy enjoys the plethora of contrasting musical styles, […]

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Harmony Expansion

In fall 2016, GTCYS launched Harmony, a program providing after-school group violin instruction twice a week for 18 3rd graders at Riverview Elementary. This year, the program doubled to serve 40 3rd and 4th graders three days a week with the addition of semi-private lessons to boost students’ progress. Designed to be highly accessible, Harmony provides instruments, […]

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New Sinfonia East

We are thrilled to announce that GTCYS will add a new school-year orchestra – Sinfonia East – in the fall. To meet the increasing demand by young musicians and to create greater access for east metro students, Sinfonia East will become GTCYS’ ninth orchestra, complementing our current Sinfonia which will become Sinfonia West. Both groups will serve […]

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A Stirring Finale to the Symphony Series

Spotlight on our Soloist At this Saturday’s Symphony concert, audiences will be treated to an outstanding performance of Lalo’s Concerto for Cello by GTCYS’ Young Soloists Concerto Competition winner, Madeline Sheard, who thinks frequent atmospheric changes in the piece will captivate listeners. For Madeline, it evokes complex emotions – from intense to pleading to hopeful […]

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Spring Highlights

Collaborations Inspire Students and Audiences Special projects for each orchestra deepen students’ educational experience while providing unique opportunities for audiences. This season, enriching collaborations with artists and student groups are inspiring GTCYS musicians to express themselves through new musical styles and genres of art. With three concerts coming up this Saturday and one in April, […]

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45 Years Serving Young Musicians

Then and Now: Remembering a GTCYS Hero and Celebrating 45 Years As we celebrate GTCYS’ 45th Anniversary Season, we remember and celebrate one of GTCYS’ leading founding fathers, Lawrence D. Gibson. In 1971, Larry, as he was known by colleagues, was responsible for helping spearhead conversations between four independent youth orchestras in the area. The consensus […]

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Welcome to GTCYS’ 45th Season!

Letter from the Artistic Director GTCYS’ 45th season marks my fifth year as the organization’s artistic director, and I feel immensely honored to work with the wonderful students in our orchestras. It’s a pleasure to welcome back returning students and to meet new musicians eager to make music and new friends in GTCYS. Our conductors and […]

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Expanding Access to Music

We’re thrilled to announce that we are creating a new community-driven music instruction program for students on the West Side of St. Paul! Read the latest issue of our newsletter to learn more.

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