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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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Announcing the 2019 Young Soloists Concerto Competition Winners

  Over twenty students competed in this year’s Young Soloist Concerto Competition for a chance to be featured in a masterful solo performance alongside Symphony at Ted Mann Concert Hall this spring.  The final round of competition took place on January 27 at Ted Mann Concert Hall and included a program featured six Symphony musicians.  […]

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GTCYS Call for Scores

In an effort to grow the repertoire for younger symphony orchestras and expose students to a greater diversity of composers, GTCYS is excited to announce a Call for Scores for the 2018-2019 season! Submissions will be performed by GTCYS Sinfonia West and/or Sinfonia East, ensembles consisting of students predominantly in grades 5-8. The winning composer will […]

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Post-Tour Reflections

After 12 long days of adventure, our tour of Eastern Europe is over. We’ve experienced countless new things, and there’s quite a bit to reflect upon; I don’t think I can adequately express all of the emotions that are running through my head right now. But a picture is worth a thousand words, so perhaps […]

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