50 Years of Alumni: Michael Sutton

College(s)/University attended:
Manhattan School of Music, BM 1991, MM 1993

What years were you in GTCYS?
1979-1987, graduated in 1987

Why do you think GTCYS is important for students now?
Playing in an orchestra expands your senses, and helps you play well with others.

How does music still play a part in your life?
Music IS my life.

What is your favorite composer or piece of music?
Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra

What’s a fun fact about yourself?
I am one of only five members of the Minnesota orchestra actually from Minnesota.

What do you hope to see from GTCYS in the next 50 years?
Continued success for another 50 years!

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