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Day 3: The Berlin Philharmonic

Today was Day 3 as part of the GTCYS Eastern Europe Tour with the Berlin Philharmonic filling our day’s events. In the morning session, the symphony orchestra had the opportunity to work with Stephan Koncz, one of the 12 esteemed cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic, in a Berlin Philharmonic workshop. Madeline Sheard, a Symphony cellist, […]

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Symphony Tour Days 1-2: Berlin

Walking out of the Berlin Tegel Airport, I was almost positive that I wouldn’t make it through the day. I had gotten about an hour or so of sleep on the 8 hour flight from Minneapolis to Berlin (with a short layover in Amsterdam), and, having landed at 8:30 in the morning, I still had […]

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Adventure Awaits: Symphony’s Eastern Europe Tour

On Thursday, 91 talented Symphony musicians will embark on an unforgettable eleven-day journey through Germany, Poland, and Hungary. Friends, family, and members of the community are invited to wish them well and enjoy a showcase of their impressive tour repertoire at the Symphony Tour Send-Off Concert at 7:30pm on Tuesday, June 12 at Roseville Lutheran […]

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Sinfonia East Conductor Named

After a formal search process, we are delighted to announce that Ernesto Estigarribia will join GTCYS’ artistic team as the conductor of Sinfonia East – GTCYS’ new full orchestra for east metro students starting in the fall. Originally from Paraguay, Mr. Estigarribia is passionate about working with young musicians and believes in making the musical learning […]

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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 Memorable Finale to Our 45th Season

On Sunday, our Spring Festival concerts at Orchestra Hall concluded a phenomenal 45th academic season. The concerts celebrated a year of enriching musical growth, social experiences, and performance opportunities for our eight orchestras. This Spring Festival marked the first performance at Orchestra Hall by our Harmony students who participated in a new violin instruction program […]

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Symphony’s June 2018 Tour Destination Announced!

We are thrilled to announce Symphony’s June 2018 tour destination! The tour will take students on an unforgettable eleven-day journey through Germany, Poland, and Hungary, starting in Berlin, then traveling to Krakow and through the mountains of Poland to Budapest. This Eastern European tour features iconic historical sites, rich cultural opportunities, beautiful landscapes, and stately […]

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