String Orchestra Camp

While we truly hoped to make music with you in GTCYS’ String Orchestra Camp, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this program for the sake of our families’ and students’ well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.

GTCYS is excited to announce a new series of FREE interactive online sessions with GTCYS conductors, staff, and special guests for this summer! These sessions cover a wide range of musical topics and are geared towards a variety of ages and instruments. Learn about your instrument, practice tips, music history, conducting, and more! The schedule will be updated throughout May and June, so please check back often. For more information, click here.


String Camp

Budding young string students can play in a fun string orchestra day camp where they’ll experience the excitement of playing in an orchestra, make new friends, grow musically, and have fun! Rehearsals, sectionals with professional coaches, fun social opportunities, field trips, and special music activities create a well-rounded musical experience.

  • Open to any violin, viola, cello, or bass students ages 8 – 13 who have approximately two years’ playing and reading experience – no audition!
  • Work daily with GTCYS conductor Mary Sorlie, outstanding professional coaches, and student mentors
  • Daily field trips to Minnesota Public Radio studios, Schubert Club instrument museum, the Ordway, and more!
  • Perform a free concert at Creative Arts High School, St. Paul
  • Snacks provided; students bring their own lunch


  • Daily sessions: July 6 – 10, 2020, 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • Rehearsal Location: Landmark Center, 75 5th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102
  • Concert: Friday, July 10, 2020 at 12:30pm
  • Concert Location: Creative Arts High School, 65 E Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55101

Registration & Tuition

  • $430 tuition plus $20 registration fee
  • Increasing access to our programs is a top priority: Need-based scholarships available
  • Families who have already registered have been contacted about their tuition refund.
  • Registration for the 2020 String Orchestra Camp is closed.


This activity is supported, in part, by the City of Saint Paul Cultural Sales Tax Revitalization Program.

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