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.


Kent MusserAfter leading Sinfonia West for the last four years, Kent Musser will step up as the new conductor of Camerata this fall. 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 29, 2020 through May 30, 2021) in four cohorts. Cohorts A and C rehearse 5:45-7:00pm, and Cohorts B and D rehearse 7:45-9:00pm, at DoubleTree Bloomington, 7800 Normandale Blvd, Bloomington.

Listen Now

Camerata performed at GTCYS’ Fall Festival at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, on Sunday, November 19, 2017. Listen to a sample 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 2019 repertoire include:

  • Rhosymedre by Ralph Vaughan Williams, arr. Arnold Foster
  • Symphony No. 8, Fourth Movement, by Antonin Dvorak, arr. Vernon F. Leidig


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: $865 full-year tuition, plus $50 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 $100,000 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 and memorized scales. Beginning in the 2020-21 season, all students interested in being considered for Camerata 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! Click here for more information about the GTCYS Ambassadors program and to apply.

Leadership Opportunities: Develop leadership skills and build service hours for your college resume as an audition volunteer, student speaker, donor liaison, and other volunteer positions. Learn more and apply for volunteer leadership opportunities here.

For information about getting involved, contact miranda@gtcys.org or call 651.602.6807.

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