350 GTCYS Students Perform “Jupiter” Virtually

Performing GTCYS’ season finale, “Jupiter”, is an annual hallmark that spans nearly 20 years. Bringing the entire GTCYS student body together in a mass performance is a moving demonstration of unity, community, and beauty. Typically performed at Orchestra Hall, students fill the stage, line the aisles, and stand antiphonally in the balconies enveloping the audience […]

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FREE Online Summer Sessions

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! You can see the full schedule and […]

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COVID-19 Update

On behalf of our Board of Directors, conductors, and staff, I hope this finds each of you safe and healthy. The world around us has clearly changed in the last few weeks and we all find ourselves in uncharted waters. We acknowledge the upheaval to everyone’s lives and our hearts go out to those who […]

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Singing Along with Concert Orchestra

Kids and families sang, danced, and enjoyed stories at Concert Orchestra’s third annual Sing-Along Concert. Led by GTCYS conductor Mark GTCYS and in partnership with Music Together in the Valley, this concert uplifted more than 650 toddlers and the young at heart from across the Twin Cities. Walking into the concert, it was clear this […]

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Concertino Excites with Mariachi Mi Tierra

Each year, GTCYS conductor Dan Mollick and Concertino students collaborate with professional artists to explore cultures outside of the traditional classical music world. This year, Mariachi mi Tierra joined Concertino for a several-months-long residency imparting knowledge about mariachi style music and inspiring through their artistry. Their collaborative work paid off in a thrilling concert last […]

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Fall Festival 2019

Thousands of audience members packed into Orchestra Hall to experience our Fall Festival. Featuring all nine orchestras across three concerts, Fall Festival highlights every orchestra’s musicianship and hard work. Just nine weeks ago each orchestra rehearsed for the very first time. Since then, our musicians dove deep into the artistry and passion behind their music. […]

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GTCYS Expands East Metro Access

Dear Friends, Maestro Smith and I are excited to announce that GTCYS will expand its programming next season to increase access for more young musicians. By adding a new school-year orchestra – Concertino East – in fall 2020, new and current students will benefit from easier geographic access and a pathway that provides quality programming […]

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A Day at Camp St. Croix

Music and laughter soared through the crisp fall air to join the rustling leaves and crackling twigs at our fall retreats. Our young musicians from Sinfonia East, Camerata, and Concert Orchestra journeyed to Camp St. Croix and packed rehearsals, sectionals, and team-building activities into one gorgeous day. Retreats are a unique chance for our students […]

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GTCYS Kicks Off the 2019-20 Season!

We kicked off our 48th season this past weekend! Hundreds of families attended our kick-off event to begin their season with GTCYS. Watch the video below for a glimpse at the event and a peek into the first rehearsals of the year: Artistic Director Mark Russell Smith provided his first word of the week: “soul”. […]

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Spring Festival Tickets On Sale Now

The season is coming to a close as our students are in final rehearsals for this year’s Spring Festival performances.  This showcase features the inspiring talents of all nine orchestras in back-to-back concerts at stunning Orchestra Hall. Each concert includes four or five GTCYS orchestras including Symphony and concludes with a stirring mass finale of […]

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