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A Treasured Part of the Minnesota Orchestra

When Young People’s Symphony Concert Association (YPSCA) was founded in 1911, its goal was to support the Minnesota Orchestra’s Young People’s Concerts, which were launched that same year. Young People’s Concerts are still central to YPSCA’s role, and many young people first hear the Minnesota Orchestra, in fact, any symphony orchestra, when they attend a Young People’s Concert. Hearing a live performance by the Minnesota Orchestra can awaken a young person’s musical curiosity and lay the foundation for a lifetime of enjoyment.

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Musical Mentors

Through YPSCA’s Musical Mentor program, donors assist schools that otherwise would not be able to bring students to Young People’s concerts, providing busing, tickets and in-school concert preparation.

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Claire Givens & Cate Carson

Concerto Competition

YPSCA provides opportunities for advanced young instrumental students to compete, win cash prizes, and perform with the Minnesota Orchestra for large and varied audiences.

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Volunteer Opportunities

YPSCA provides a variety of volunteer opportunities for its members, such as ushering for Young People’s Concerts, raising funds and advising/assisting the YPSCA Board on a variety of outreach and organizational initiatives.

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Young People’s Concerts

YPSCA proudly supports Young People’s concerts—in which composers’ creativity and musicians’ performances spark inspiration in young listeners.

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Become a YPSCA Member or Contribute to our Programs

YPSCA membership is just $50/year (or $75/year for a dual membership). Members receive our e-newsletter at least once per month, have access to volunteer opportunities, and are invited to our social activities. 

You may also support YPSCA programs with a donation. The link below will take to our member/donation form.  Thank you.

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Our Leadership: 2023-2024 Board of Directors


Karen Lundmark Holmes, President; Bonnie McLellan, Secretary; Holly Duevel, Treasurer; Julie Haight-Curran, Past President. (President-Elect is currently open)


Janet Balej, Jim Bartsch, Inez Bergquist, Emily Brenengen, Rolf Erdahl, Bonnie Gainsley, Nils Halker, Wendy Lukaszewski, Judith Ranheim, Kathleen Kay Simo, Marcia Thoen


Pamela Arnstein, Wanda Kanwischer

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