Orchestrating Opportunities

You're Invited! Orchestrating Opportunities.

You’re invited to the event of the season:
GTCYS’ annual Orchestrating Opportunities benefit on
Sunday, February 18 at Orchestra Hall!

Sunday, February 18
Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis
4:00pm Reception
5:00pm – 6:30pm Program & Auctions

We can’t wait to see you at GTCYS’ largest fundraising event of the year to celebrate and support our wonderful young musicians who will take the stage in an inspiring program at Orchestra Hall. 

Registration has now closed. Questions? Contact jacob@gtcys.org.

Still want to make a difference and support the fund-a-need auction? Play it forward with a gift today! 


4:00pm Reception & Activities: Enjoy light bites and drinks, try out an instrument at the Instrument Petting Zoo, connect with fellow GTCYS fans, enter to win the Live Auction Golden Ticket Raffle, and purchase your Mystery Bag! 

5:00 – 6:30pm Program & Auctions: This short program is sure to inspire with performances by GTCYS’ wonderful Harmony and Symphony musicians, and Concerto Competition winner Christian Garner. 


Business casual attire 


Live Auction (during the program)

Our friends at Grand Tours created an international trip to Barcelona for one lucky traveler! With round-trip airfare, fly to Barcelona and stay 4 nights in a centrally located hotel including daily breakfast. The highlight of your voyage will be attending GTCYS’ Symphony concert in the historic Palau de la Música. Enjoy a pre-concert hors d’oeuvres and cocktail reception in the stunning Palau de la Música and VIP seating for Symphony’s performance. Return home with memories to last a lifetime!

Travel dates will coincide with Symphony’s Barcelona concert on Saturday, June 22, 2024. Traveler can extend their stay and add an additional traveler at their own expense if desired.

Donated by Jeff Goldsmith, Grand Tours

Due to popular demand, everyone’s favorite auction item is back! This is your chance to spend an evening with Executive Director Megen Balda and Artistic Director Mark Russell Smith who will team up for a fun evening of entertainment and cuisine. Enjoy an exclusive 30-minute private cello/piano recital as well as the dynamic duo’s exceptional culinary skills for you and your guests.

You provide the wine, and Maestro Smith will create a gourmet menu, provide the food, and cook for up to 8 dinner guests. Menu and date to be agreed upon by the winning bidder, Maestro Smith, and Ms. Balda. The dinner can be held at Maestro Smith’s residence or at the winning bidder’s home if they have a piano. Eat, drink, and be merry!

Donated by Mark Russell Smith and Megen Balda

Perfect for a family vacation, friends reunion, or quiet getaway, this well-appointed 3-level Poplar Ridge townhome sleeps up to 12 and is in the heart of the beautiful Lutsen Mountains on Minnesota’s North Shore. This ski-in/ski-out unit offers four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a full kitchen, multiple fireplaces, and an open layout for ample space to spread out and cozy up. Resort amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, hot tub, children’s play areas, and a fitness center, plus easy access to hiking, biking, and snowmobiling trails.

This package is available for up to a 4-night stay during these timeframes: April, May 1 – 23, November 1 – 19, November 25-30. Once reserved, dates cannot be switched.

Donated by Benjamin and Debra Miller

Do you enjoy classic wine varietals like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon? Do you love comparing traditional wines with their more modern counterparts? Then THIS is your item!

Thanks to our friends at Small Lot Wine & Spirits, you can experience a curated collection specially selected by sommelier and GTCYS parent, Marcus Hanson. The lucky winner will enjoy this amazing 10-bottle wine collection, contrasting an iconic French region with a counterpart of American origins. To share or not to share is the question!

Donated by Marcus Hanson, Small Lot Wine

Golden Ticket Raffle (available in advance and during the reception in the lobby)
This year we’re lowering the golden ticket price so more of our community can participate! For just $100 per ticket, this is your chance to win one of GTCYS’ amazing Live Auction items (above) of your choice! Only 100 tickets will be sold, so ticket holders have the chance to win big and support GTCYS scholarships and educational programs. The more tickets you buy, the greater your chances of winning! Ticket holders do not need to be present to win, and there is no limit to how many tickets you can purchase.

Besides the lucky winner, every ticket purchaser will receive full tax-deductible acknowledgment. 

Mystery Gift Bags (available in the lobby during the reception)
Everyone is a winner when you purchase a mystery gift bag! Each bag will have a fun prize (gift cards, experiences, etc.) with a few bonus surprises in the mix. When you take your pick of mystery bags for $75 each, you’ll get a fun prize and support a great cause!
$50 of each bag is acknowledged as a tax-deductible donation 

Fund-A-Need Auction (during the program)
Every guest can give the gift of music! All gifts – small or large – will help expand need-based scholarships and educational programs to benefit every student now and in the years to come.


We’re looking for fun prizes to include in our lobby activities during the reception! Do you have any unused gift cards or vouchers for experiences? Or do you have a connection to a local salon, yoga studio, restaurant, artist, or store who would be willing to donate a service or item for one of our fundraising activities? If yes, contact GTCYS development associate Jacob West at jacob@gtcys.org or 651.374.8808. 

Submit your donation item 


Thank you to our sponsors! 
We’re grateful to the leading sponsors listed below who make a difference for GTCYS students and this event. It’s not too late to join our community of sponsors. View the full sponsorship packet and purchase your sponsorship today! Questions? Contact executive director Megen Balda at megen@gtcys.org or at 651.602.6802. 


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