Sinfonia is a fun, full orchestra experience that introduces young musicians to the symphonic experience and challenges them to reach beyond their expectations.


Kent MusserRenowned orchestra director Kent Musser leads Sinfonia, GTCYS’ first full orchestra with strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Students are actively engaged in an enjoyable and welcoming environment as they’re introduced to rehearsal, listening, and ensemble skills, while developing musical elements of style and phrasing. With four annual concerts, including two at Orchestra Hall, Sinfonia students share stimulating performances with the community. String players in Sinfonia have an average of 3 to 5 years’ experience, and wind/brass/percussion students have been playing their instruments for 1 to 4 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.


Sinfonia rehearses on Tuesdays (September through early May) from 7:00 – 8:30pm at Mayflower Church, 106 East Diamond Lake Road, Minneapolis.

Listen Now

Sinfonia performed at GTCYS’ Spring Festival at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, on Sunday, May 8, 2016. Listen to a sample of their performance of their live performance at that concert of March of the Meistersingers by Richard Wagner (arr. Richard Meyer) here. Interested in purchasing the full performance? Click here to purchase CDs and MP3s!


Sinfonia repertoire includes playing experience through several sharps and flats. Repertoire highlights for fall 2017 include:

  • The Great Gate of Kiev and Hopak by Modest Mussorgsky, arr. Siennicki
  • Spirit of the Pioneer by Susan Christiansen


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: $720 + $100 for Sinfonia’s 2017–18 season. 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.

Click here for audition requirements

Extra Opportunities for Sinfonia 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! Stay tuned for details about the 2017-18 Ambassador program.

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 2017-18 leadership opportunities.

For information about getting involved, contact or call 651.602.6807.

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