Summer Program

Minnesota Youth Symphonies Summer Programs  

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The MYS Summer Program provides an opportunity for students to develop their musical skills in a fun and relaxed setting. We offer two courses for students of varying ages and abilities. No audition is required. Learn more below. 

2015 Summer Program Courses

Baroque Institute
July 6-17, Monday-Friday, 9am-3:30pm
All instruments welcome
Level: Advanced
No Audition Required     Average grades: 9-12
Tuition: $500 (Register by April 24 for a 10% Early Bird discount) 
Click here for detailed course descriptions and faculty information

Chamber String Orchestra
July 6-17, Monday-Friday, 9am-3:30pm
Strings only (violin, viola, cello, bass)
Level: Beginning/Intermediate
No Audition Required     Average grades: 4-8
Tuition: $500 (Register by April 24 for a 10% off Early Bird discount) 
Click here for detailed course descriptions and faculty information

Summer Program Location:
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
700 South Snelling Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55116

Register online or download a printable version of the registration form.

Early Bird Registration Discount: Register by April 24, 2015 to get a 10% discount on summer tuition!

Registration Deadline: June 24, 2015. No refunds after June 24, 2015.

Financial Aid: Limited Financial Assistance may be available. Contact Rachel Bittner at 651-699-5811 or rmbittner@mnyouthsymphonies for more information. Click here to download the MYS Tuition Assistance Application.

Extended Day Option: Early drop-off is available starting at 8am, and students may stay until 6pm upon request. The Extended Day option is available to all summer program students for an additional $15 fee. To sign up for the extended day option, please check this option on the registration form. 

Attendance: It is expected that students participate in the full 2-week program. Participation in either course requires attendance at all rehearsals and performances. To report an absence, please call the MYS office at 651-699-5811 or send an email to Rachel Bittner at

Lunch: Students are responsible for bringing a bag lunch every day. Supervised lunch/free time hour (with the option to practice or rehearse with small ensembles) will be from approximately noon-1:00.  A gym is available during free time, and if weather permits, outdoor games may be organized.

Summer Program Faculty:

Patricia Kelly
Pat holds degrees in Music Education from the University of Saint Catherine and MME from the University of Minnesota. In addition to teaching urban school orchestras, she received the Master String Educator Award from the American String Teachers Association and is director of the MYS String Orchestra.

Jessica Newhouse
Jessica holds a BM in violin performance from the University of Minnesota. She teaches at a private studio in the Twin Cities Metro area and has been a string coach and music history teacher with MYS since 2006.


Marc Levine, violin
Marc holds degrees in violin performance from Stony Brook University (DMA) and Indiana University (MM, BM). He has taught, coached, performed and lectured at a host of institutions including Yale University, Lawrence University, Dickinson College, Virginia Commonwealth University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Marc also holds Tai Chi Chuan teaching certification from New School Tai Chi Chaun in Bloomington, IN.

Tulio Rondón, cello
Tulio studied baroque cello performance at The Royal Conservatory of the Hague in The Netherlands in addition to earning several degrees in modern cello performance: a DMA from the University of Arizona, an MM from Miami University and a BM from the Simón Bolivar Conservatory. Tulio is Professor of Cello at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has taught and performed at many universities both regionally and internationally.

Tami Morse, harpsichord
Tami received her DMA in harpsichord performance from Stony Brook University as well as MM and BM (musicology) degrees from the University of Michigan. She received a DAAD grant (the equivalent of a German Fulbright) to study in Germany and has performed as a soloist and continuo player with period instrument groups throughout the Midwest and East Coast, and with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Bach Ensemble, among others. Tami specializes in baroque performance practice exclusively with a focus on improvisation and ornamentation.