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Concertino West

Dan Mollick conducts Concertino West on the Orchestra Hall stage.

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

Overview

Conductor Dan Mollick applies his passion as an educator and classical musician to create a challenging experience for students. A lively, welcoming atmosphere provides a stimulating environment for students to take their musicianship to the next level by focusing on technical skills, excellence, and teamwork. Concertino West performs 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.

2024-25 Highlights

  • Learn from Dan Mollick, award-winning musician and orchestra director.
  • Perform 2 concerts at Orchestra Hall in November and May, livestreamed for free.
  • Share 2 community concerts.
  • Enjoy 2 half-day retreats in September and January.
  • A school tour in the spring where you get to perform for students at local schools 
  • Explore a challenging array of music from different styles and artists.
  • Work with professional musicians in sectionals throughout the year; woodwinds, brass, and percussionists benefit from extra enrichment opportunities (details forthcoming).
  • Connect with youth from across the region through social activities like treat nights and optional leadership activities.

Rehearsals: September – May

Mondays, 6:45-8:30pm
Good Samaritan United Methodist Church 5730 Grove Street, Edina MN 55436.
Free parking is available in the parking lot.
Carpool lists are provided so interested families can coordinate ridesharing.

Online Calendar

Watch a Concertino West Performance

Enjoy their live performance of Emma Lou Diemer’s Youth Overture at Orchestra Hall.

Tuition, Fees & Tuition Assistance

Concertino West Tuition: $1,020 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 double that amount, 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 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.

Commitment

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

Auditions

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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