Simply Violin

"As an alumn, I remember Manny and Claudette Laureano's enthusiasm and high standards.  Their love for music and dedication to teaching motivated us to give everything we had to the music and to life." Lisa Berman, M.M.

Minnesota Youth Symphonies (MYS) is one of the nation’s premier youth orchestra education programs. MYS is dedicated to conservatory-level orchestral training for students. Their students come from all over Minnesota and western Wisconsin and from a wide variety of economic and cultural backgrounds to play in MYS orchestras. While many students hail from Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Twin Cities suburbs, some are from as far away as Rochester, Hudson, Bemidji, and St. Cloud. MYS holds weekly Saturday rehearsals at Highland Junior High School in St. Paul.

Every week these students spend Saturdays studying and playing fantastic music with some of the finest conductors and music educators in Minnesota.

MYS Highlights:
  • Three full orchestras and one string orchestra
  • About 400 students participate each year
  • Need-based Scholarships
  • Weekly classes in theory, composition, and solfége
  • Three concerts at Orchestra Hall
  • Retreat weekends for each orchestra
  • Summer programs for chamber strings, composition, and reading orchestra