YPSCA carries out its mission through three primary activities.
- The YPSCA Volunteer Usher program involves many YPSCA members who welcome and expertly guide students — many of whom are visiting Orchestra Hall for the very first time — to and from their seats for Young People’s Concerts.
- Through the Musical Mentor program, YPSCA donors assist schools that otherwise would not be able to bring students to the concerts, providing busing, tickets and in-school concert preparation for entire classrooms of students.
- YPSCA also holds an annual competition, the Young People's Concerto Competition, for talented students in grades 7 through 12, for which the top prize includes an opportunity to perform at a future Young People’s Concert with the Minnesota Orchestra.
YPSCA members come from many backgrounds, but all share a commitment to help young people discover the thrill of hearing great music performed by the Minnesota Orchestra. We welcome others who love music and love offering enthusiastic young people chances to make classical music part of their lives. Joining YPSCA is easy. We look forward to seeing you and sharing with you the joy of connecting young people with the Minnesota Orchestra!
YPSCA, one of the nation’s longest-standing volunteer organizations to support symphonic concerts for youth, turned 100 years old in 2011. View our Centennial Season video here.