Concertino East

Tamara Gonzalez conducts Concertino East students on the Orchestra Hall stage

Young musicians thrive in Concertino East as they excel to the next level of musicianship and build confidence in a supportive setting with their peers.


Led by conductor Tamara Gonzalez, a lively, welcoming atmosphere provides a stimulating environment for Concertino East students to take their musicianship to the next level by focusing on technical skills, excellence, and teamwork. Concertino East will perform five annual concerts throughout the community, including two at Orchestra Hall. String players have an average of 4 to 7 years of experience and wind/brass/percussion students have been playing their instruments for 1 to 4 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.

2023-24 Highlights

  • Learn from Tamara Gonzalez, professional violinist with a rich background of performance and teaching experience, and current instructor at MacPhail Center for Music
  • Perform 2 concerts at Orchestra Hall in November and May, livestreamed for free
  • Share a free community concert
  • Explore the musical traditions of Korea through an exciting multicultural collaboration
  • Enjoy 2 half-day retreats in September and January
  • Work with professional musicians during sectionals throughout the year (percussionists enjoy a monthly seminar; woodwinds and brass will also learn from an annual masterclass)
  • Make friends with youth from across the region through social activities like treat nights, year-end parties, and optional pre-rehearsal dinners each semester

Rehearsals: September – May

Thursdays, 6:45-8:30pm
Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church: 1669 Arcade St, St. Paul, MN 55106
Free parking is available in the parking lot.
Carpool lists are provided so interested families can coordinate ridesharing.

Online Calendar

Watch a Concertino East Performance

Enjoy their live performance of Katherine Bergman’s “Superior” at Orchestra Hall.

Tuition, Fees & Tuition Assistance

Concertino East Tuition: $980 for the full season. Students joining 2nd semester pay 60%.

We offer a sibling discount of $95 per additional child. See below to learn about our generous tuition assistance. While the actual cost to participate is nearly $2,000, charitable contributions subsidize every student’s participation so we can keep tuition as affordable as possible. 

Retreat Fee: $100 total for the fall and winter retreats. Reduced fees are available for tuition assistance recipients.

Payment options: Families can pay in full, or in 8 monthly installments, or set up a special plan to meet your family’s needs.   

Tuition Assistance: Generous need-based assistance is offered for all of GTCYS’ programs including school-year orchestras, summer programs, tours, and special activities. No work study or volunteering is required for scholarship recipients. Support for private lessons is also provided. We encourage all families experiencing financial hardship to apply, especially if cost is a determining factor for participation. Learn more about tuition assistance and click here to apply.


Each GTCYS orchestra is a community of musicians, each of whom is equally important to the group’s progress and success. Students are accountable to their orchestra peers and should honor their commitment by consistently attending GTCYS activities, practicing GTCYS music 10 minutes a day, follow all policies outlined in the Musician’s Handbook.

Important Links

  • Musician’s Handbook: includes info like participation policies, concert attire, and what to bring to rehearsals
  • Attendance Policy: GTCYS’ policy balances flexibility with rigor; be sure to review it!
  • Absence Form: Complete online in advance if a student will miss a GTCYS activity
  • News Notes: Our monthly e-newsletter sent to participating families


In order to determine which GTCYS orchestra students are best suited for, every student must audition each year to participate. Auditions are conducted by a recorded video, and include scales, a short solo, and prepared excerpts. Previous participation in GTCYS does not guarantee placement. Learn more about auditions.

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