Camerata students love orchestral music and want more of it in their lives! They challenge each other to achieve greater collective success, share their musical talents with the community, and develop close friendships.


Barb FloodingGTCYS’ long-time conductor Barbara Flooding uses a high energy, student-focused approach to help musicians nourish their passion for orchestral music by learning an exciting and challenging mix of musical styles. A close-knit group, Camerata embodies teamwork, encouragement, and commitment that build students’ musical success and confidence. With five annual concerts, including two at Orchestra Hall, Camerata students share stimulating performances in the community. String players in Camerata have an average of 5 to 7 years of experience and winds/brass/percussion students have been playing their instruments for 3 to 7 years. Special artistic projects, sectionals, retreats, social activities, and extra opportunities provide a well-rounded and transformative experience which develops students’ musical, leadership, and lifelong skills.


Camerata rehearses on Tuesdays (September through early May) from 7:00 – 8:45pm at Wooddale Church, 5532 Wooddale Avenue, Edina.

Listen Now

Camerata performed at GTCYS’ Fall Festival at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, on Sunday, November 19, 2017. Listen to a sample of their performance of their live performance at that concert of Finale from Symphony No. 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven (arr. Charles Woodhouse) here. Interested in purchasing the full performance? Click here to purchase CDs and MP3s!


Camerata’s repertoire includes a wide array of styles, from baroque to contemporary, which keeps students challenged and motivated. Highlights of Camerata’s fall 2018 repertoire include:

  • Polka from The Bartered Bride by Bedrich Smetana, arr. David Stone
  • River Journey by Marjorie Merryman


GTCYS commits to providing an inspiring and comprehensive musical experience to transform students musically, personally, and socially. This means engaging the best conductors and sectional coaches, carefully curating musical selections for the best educational experience, performing in high quality venues, sharing music with diverse audiences, providing clear and consistent communications, promoting a welcoming and supportive environment, and putting students first.

In return, we ask students and parents for their commitment:

  • Pay annual tuition and retreat fees: $800 full-year tuition, plus $100 retreat fee. Need-based scholarships are available, see below.
    • Note: tuition represents half the actual cost to participate and the remainder is subsidized by tax-deductible contributions. GTCYS does NOT ask families to participate in door-to-door fundraising activities.
  • Practice GTCYS music 10 minutes daily and come prepared to rehearsals; see the Attendance Policy for details.
  • Honor the attendance policy and abide by the student code of conduct; see Musician’s Handbook for details.


GTCYS serves all interested, dedicated students, regardless of financial constraints by providing $50,000 in need-based scholarships annually. Click here to learn more about scholarships »


Every student must audition annually for membership in GTCYS. Auditions include a short solo, memorized scales, and sight reading. Students interested being considered for GTCYS’ most advanced orchestras, Philharmonic and Symphony, must also prepare specified orchestral excerpts. Previous participation does not guarantee placement.


Extra Opportunities for Camerata Students

GTCYS Ambassadors: Students gain valuable communication and advocacy skills by sharing a 5-minute presentation about their GTCYS experience with their school band or orchestra. Training provided!

Leadership Opportunities: Develop leadership skills and build service hours for your college resume as an audition aide, student speaker, donor liaison, and other volunteer positions. Stay tuned for details about the 2018-19 leadership opportunities.

For information about getting involved, contact or call 651.602.6807.

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