The SPCO-GTCYS Partnership


The SPCO firmly believes that authentic partnerships are vital to building new audiences and strengthening the SPCO’s relationship with the vibrant Twin Cities community.

We are fortunate to have built such a partnership with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies.

The Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS)

In 2011, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies formed a unique strategic partnership. Our organizations share resources, ideas and creativity to produce an array of audience development initiatives and artistic opportunities for the benefit of the 750 GTCYS students and the greater community.

On an annual basis, we promote the powerful concept of kids performing for kids by co-producing a GTCYS Free Family Concert for the community. We strive to deepen the relationship between our professional and student musicians through up-close SPCO chamber music performances, question and answer sessions and meet and greets during GTCYS Night Out events at SPCO concerts. Beginning in the 2017-18 season, GTCYS and the SPCO began to synchronize efforts to partner with and provide musical experiences on Saint Paul’s West Side.

Together, we are working to strengthen our community, build future audiences, provide educational opportunities for students and promote the value of classical music.

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