Message from Executive Director
Megen Balda 
Executive Director
Megen Balda
Welcome to GTCYS' 44 th Season! Our programs are well underway, and we are thrilled to embark on what promises to be another exciting musical journey with GTCYS students and audiences this year. The journey will take us near and far, as we continue to expand the depth and breadth of our programs through rehearsals, performances, and educational activities.
An important part of our work is close to home as we seek to expand access to more young people and audiences by breaking down barriers for participation in music. GTCYS believes that all students - regardless of their financial background - deserve the opportunity to participate and thrive in our programs. With the help of generous donors this year, we will award $50,000 in need-based scholarships to meet the increased demand for support. We are also excited to expand our presence in the east metro through new Kids Playing for Kids concerts at Neighborhood House on the West Side, Capitol Hill Magnet School in St. Paul, and our annual free family concert at The Ordway. By bringing live music to diverse communities, our students will uplift audiences and help build cross-cultural connections.
Looking ahead to the end of the season, more than 75 Symphony musicians will embark on an international journey to Argentina under Maestro Smith's leadership. In addition to amazing concerts and lifelong memories, this experiential learning opportunity will help students develop a global perspective and expand their horizons as Minnesota ambassadors.
This is just a taste of what's in store this season. I encourage you to explore our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay in tune with our activities. And if you know a young musician who would benefit from GTCYS, encourage them to audition on December 12. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing families, teachers, and friends at GTCYS' Fall Festival Concerts at Orchestra Hall on November 15! 

Playing Many Parts
GTCYS' New Board President Tami Schwerin
GTCYS' new Board President Tami Schwerin '77 started playing violin with GTCYS in 1975, just three years after GTCYS' inception. Her history with the organization includes two years in the program under the "impressive and intimidating" leadership of Dr. Jones and five years serving on GTCYS' Board of Directors. Her son, Jack, currently plays violin in Symphony and will tour Argentina with the orchestra next summer. Below are Tami's thoughts on GTCYS' community and personal impact.
Why did you join GTCYS Board of Directors?
I believe in GTCYS' mission - that music nourishes the mind, body and spirit of the individual and enriches the community. I am particularly passionate about the impact that studying, playing and listening to music has on the development of children. I joined the Board of Directors so I can play my part in promoting GTCYS' mission, and to give back to this fantastic organization.
What has the long-term impact of GTCYS been on your personal and professional life?
As a student, GTCYS planted the seed that music can change lives. As a parent, this translated to ensuring that my three children were grounded in music from an early age. As a professional, involvement with GTCYS means that I can share my skills and give back.
What are you most excited about in the 2015-16 season?
I am excited to listen to all eight orchestras perform at the Fall and Spring Festivals at Orchestra Hall, and to watch each orchestra's progression at their individual concerts throughout the year. I am MOST excited to travel to Argentina to hear Symphony share its music with enthusiastic audiences. Nothing compares to the experience of a concert tour to foreign lands!
Do you have anything else you'd like to share?
GTCYS relies on the support of generous donors to help make music accessible to all. This support allows us to provide free community concerts and student scholarships - this year, we're awarding $50,000 in need-based scholarships. Please consider supporting GTCYS in whatever way you can.
Wine Raffle & Fall Festival 
GTCYS' wine raffle is an annual fundraiser to support our programs and need-based scholarships. In addition to supporting a worthy nonprofit organization, your ticket purchase gives you the chance to win some great everyday wines! There are 11 chances to win this year:
  • First Prize: 52 bottles of wine (1 winner)
  • Second Prize: 24 bottles of wine (4 winners)
  • Third Prize: 12 bottles of wine (6 winners)
Tickets are $10 each or 3-for-$20 and can be purchased before the Fall Festival concerts on November 15 at Orchestra Hall where the drawing will take place. Or contact Jeni Gregory at 651-602-6808 or Participants don't need to be present to win, but we encourage you attend a concert to see the inspiring talents of our orchestras firsthand!

Fall Festival Concerts
sponsored by Mall of America
Sunday, November 15  
1:00pm Concert: Philharmonia East, Sinfonia, Camerata, Philharmonic, and Symphony
4:30pm Concert: Philharmonia West, Concertino, Concert Orchestra, and Symphony

1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis 
Tickets: $9 - $19 in advance; $13 - $23 at the door
online or at the door, or call 612.371.5656
GTCYS' 44th season opens with performances by each orchestra and works by Brahms, Rimsky-Korsakov, Smetana, John Williams, and more!   

In This Issue 

Media Spotlight 

Our segment was rebroadcast on October 11. If you missed it, click the link above to watch it online. 
Tune in to Classical MPR the morning and evening of November 10 to hear Symphony's performance of Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture" or visit their website to listen online after it airs. Click the link above to see GTCYS' spotlight from last season!

Upcoming Activities

Young Soloists Concerto Competition Finals
Sunday, October 25 at 2:00pm
501 S 2nd St., Minneapolis
Free and open to the public
The Finalists:
Louisa Byron, Violin: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra by Samuel Barber
Alma Engebretson, Cello: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra by Camille Saint-Saëns
Eliot Johnson, Cello: Concerto in E minor for Cello and Orchestra by Edward Elgar
Rachel Lauson, Horn: Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major for Horn and Orchestra by Richard Strauss
Give to the Max Day
Thursday, November 12
Mark your calendar and join the online giving community on November 12 by making a tax-deductible donation to GTCYS. Your support will help increase access to orchestral music for diverse students and audiences and will help provide $50,000 in need-based scholarships this year. If you don't want to wait, donate anytime through our website!
Symphony Concert: Captivating Landscapes
Friday, December 18 at 7:30pm   
2128 Fourth St. S, Minneapolis
Tickets are now on sale!
$6 - $10 in advance; $10 - $14 at the door 
Purchase online , at the door, or call 651.291.1144 
This lively series-opener, conducted by Mark Russell Smith, features Argentina Tour repertoire with two pieces that elicit the romanticism of untamed landscapes and passionate ranchers. John Williams' cinematic score The Cowboys Overture portrays the American West, and Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera's vibrant Malambo from the ballet Estancia captures the spirited competition of suitors vying for the heart of a young woman. The program also includes movements from Brahms' Symphony No. 2. 
Winter Auditions
Saturday, December 12
Mayflower Church, Minneapolis

A final round of second-semester auditions will be held for specific instrument openings - please see our website for details. Need-based scholarships are available. Register online and be sure to review the audition details.