Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies

Focus Area: Youth Development

Grant Amount: $12,500

Located in St. Paul. Founded in 1972, GTCYS is a youth orchestra serving over 1,000 students in the Twin Cities. In 2016, in response to a request from parents in St. Paul’s West Side, GTCYS launched the Harmony program to serve youth with music opportunities not otherwise available to them. Harmony is offered as a before-school program in partnership with Riverside Elementary school – 77% of Riverside students qualify for free/reduced lunch, and 93% are students of color.

Grant supports expansion of the Harmony program as it returns from its pandemic schedule of Saturday-only lessons to resuming its three-times-a-week structure while retaining the Saturday classes. GTCYS hopes that the Saturday sessions will offer the opportunity to serve some non-Riverside students on the West Side for broader impact.