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Fall Festival 2019

Thousands of audience members packed into Orchestra Hall to experience our Fall Festival. Featuring all nine orchestras across three concerts, Fall Festival highlights every orchestra’s musicianship and hard work. Just nine weeks ago each orchestra rehearsed for the very first time. Since then, our musicians dove deep into the artistry and passion behind their music. […]

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GTCYS Adds Tenth Orchestra

Dear Friends, Maestro Smith and I are excited to announce that GTCYS will expand its programming next season to increase access for more young musicians. By adding a new school-year orchestra – Concertino East – in fall 2020, new and current students will benefit from easier geographic access and a pathway that provides quality programming […]

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A Day at Camp St. Croix

Music and laughter soared through the crisp fall air to join the rustling leaves and crackling twigs at our fall retreats. Our young musicians from Sinfonia East, Camerata, and Concert Orchestra journeyed to Camp St. Croix and packed rehearsals, sectionals, and team-building activities into one gorgeous day. Retreats are a unique chance for our students […]

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GTCYS Kicks Off the 2019-20 Season!

We kicked off our 48th season this past weekend! Hundreds of families attended our kick-off event to begin their season with GTCYS. Watch the video below for a glimpse at the event and a peek into the first rehearsals of the year: Artistic Director Mark Russell Smith provided his first word of the week: “soul”. […]

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Spring Festival Tickets On Sale Now

The season is coming to a close as our students are in final rehearsals for this year’s Spring Festival performances.  This showcase features the inspiring talents of all nine orchestras in back-to-back concerts at stunning Orchestra Hall. Each concert includes four or five GTCYS orchestras including Symphony and concludes with a stirring mass finale of […]

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It’s never too early to start thinking about summer

2019 String Orchestra Camps – Registration open now! Camp 1: June 24 – 28, 9:00am – 3:00pm daily; concert on June 28 at 12:30pm Camp 2: July 8 – 12, 9:00am – 3:00pm daily; concert on July 12 at 12:30pm Rehearsal Location: Landmark Center, Downtown St. Paul Concert Location: Creative Arts Secondary School, Downtown St. PaulBudding young string players can participate […]

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2019 Summer Orchestra registration open

Rehearsals: Tuesdays, May 28 – July 9, 7:00 – 8:45pm at the University of Minnesota School of Music Concert: Tuesday, July 16 at Como Lakeside Pavilion, St. Paul Whether you’re a first-time orchestra musician or an advanced player, there’s a place for you in one of GTCYS’ three summer orchestras! The Summer Philharmonic and Summer Symphony inspire […]

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2019-20 Auditions now open

Audition Dates: May 29 – June 9 Audition Locations: Mayflower Church, Minneapolis or Gustavus Adolphus Church, St. Paul Register to audition for a place in one of GTCYS’ nine school-year orchestras. Each audition includes a short solo, 2-3 scales, sight reading (and orchestral excerpt for Camerata through Symphony auditionees). Click here to review general audition information and specific audition requirements. Program highlights: Opportunities for […]

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Call for Scores Winner

In an effort to develop repertoire for younger symphonic orchestras and expose students to a greater diversity of composers, GTCYS launched an exciting new Call for Scores Competition this year. The winner receives a $1,500 cash prize and a premiere of the winning piece at a GTCYS concert. Geared for GTCYS’ Sinfonia level and open […]

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