Concert Orchestra

With a focus on developing artistry, musicianship, and excellence, Concert Orchestra explores challenging repertoire in a community-focused setting.


Conductor Mark Gitch instills his passion for musicianship and expertise as an educator into the Concert Orchestra experience. Students employ curiosity, build community, and share a commitment to excellence which nurtures students’ individual technique and the ensemble’s artistry. With challenging repertoire that includes original orchestral works, Concert Orchestra has five annual performances, including two at Orchestra Hal, a Sing-Along concert for kids, and a concert at Union Gospel Mission. String players in Concert Orchestra have an average of 6 to 8 years of experience and winds/brass/percussion students have been playing their instruments for 4 to 8 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.


Concert Orchestra rehearses on Mondays (September through May) from 7:00-9:00pm. Rehearsal location for the 2021-22 season is Richfield United Methodist Church.

Listen Now

Concert Orchestra 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 the Overture from La Vie Parisienne from Ballet Parisien, by Jacques Offenbach (arranged by Merle J. Isaac) here. Interested in purchasing the full performance? Click here to purchase CDs and MP3s!


Concert Orchestra’s repertoire includes original works and orchestral arrangements.


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: $945 annual tuition. Tuition assistance is 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.

Tuition Assistance

GTCYS serves all interested, dedicated students, regardless of financial constraints by providing $140,000 in tuition assistance and support for private lessons each year. Click here to learn more about tuition assistance »


Every student must audition annually for membership in GTCYS. Auditions include scales, a short solo, and prepared excerpts. Previous participation does not guarantee placement.


Extra Opportunities for Concert Orchestra 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!

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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