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Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies: Summer Camps

Monday, July 18
Show | 9am

Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies are excited to offer three in-person week-long summer camps for beginning to advanced strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion students. Half-day sessions will take place at University of Minnesota’s School of Music and Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis, and will be led by outstanding GTCYS conductors Mary SorlieDan MollickTamara Gonzalez, and Mark Russell Smith. The week culminates in a free public concert at Ted Mann Concert Hall at 12:30pm on Friday, July 22. Tuition is $300 plus a $20 registration fee, with tuition assistance available. Details on each orchestra below!

Register for Summer Camps

Summer Philharmonia

Summer Philharmonia introduces beginning violin, viola, cello, and bass players age 8-12 to playing in an orchestra. This camp is designed for students who have been playing their instrument for at least one year. Students must be able to read music. No playing sample needed! Led by Mary Sorlie, meets 9:00am-12:00pm.

Summer Sinfonietta

Summer Sinfonietta is a full orchestra camp open to strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. This camp is best for string players age 12-15 with at least two years’ playing experience, and best for woodwinds, brass, and percussion students age 13-16 with at least two years’ playing experience. Led by Dan Mollick and Tamara Gonzalez, meets 9:00am-12:00pm.

Summer Symphony

A fulfilling and rigorous full orchestral experience for the advanced student, Summer Symphony is similar to the Philharmonic and Symphony levels in GTCYS school-year orchestras. Students will be immersed in challenging orchestral literature, striving for musical expression at the highest level. This camp is best for students age 15-18, with exceptions for younger students playing at a very advanced level. Led by Mark Russell Smith, meets 9:00am-12:00pm.

Playing Samples for Summer Camps

Playing samples are required for Summer Sinfonietta and Summer Symphony to help conductors get to know you as a player and match you with a camp level. No playing sample is required for Summer Philharmonia. If you are auditioning for a 2022-23 GTCYS school-year orchestra, your audition video will serve as your playing sample.