MacPhail Northside Youth Orchestra (MNYO)

A tuition-free symphonic orchestra program in North Minneapolis

We believe in the transformational power of music, and strive to create a welcoming space that encourages musical growth and development.

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Welcome to MNYO!!! We are looking forward to seeing old friends and hoping to meet new ones! We had a blast of a summer and can’t wait to share all the wonderful events that will be happening THIS year! The audition for the fall semester is on Sat. Oct 1st (1~2:30pm). Please sign up by contacting Chi-Chi Bestmann, our conductor at Please check the Audition Requirements for what to prepare. Our very 1st rehearsal will be on Sat. Oct 8th (from 1~3pm). Can’t wait to see you all!!

Audition Requirements

  1. Two (one octave) scales of your choice or One (two octave) scale of your choice.
  2. One piece (2~3 mins) that you are currently working on or have worked on over the summer.
  3. There may be a short sight-reading piece.
  4. Percussionist(s): please discuss with your teacher and play what’s recommended by your teacher.
  5. Submit the Registration Form

Email Chi-Chi Bestmann with questions.

The Pre-requisites for MNYO

  • Students must be entering grades 7-12 and have at least 1 year of previous experience playing their instrument (either in individual lessons or in a school program).
  • Students should also have access to an instrument (permission from school to bring their instrument to rehearsals and for home practice).
  • Students must audition on one of the following instruments: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion, Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass.

What to Expect

  • Students in our ensemble range from mid-beginner to late-intermediate level. We encourage mentoring friendship amongst our orchestra members.
  • Students should plan on attending rehearsals weekly and taking their music home for additional practice
  • Most rehearsals will include a full orchestra rehearsal, sectionals, bucket drumming and other enrichment activities, including guest artist visits from the Minnesota Orchestra
  • MNYO performs 3-6 times in a school year, mostly between January-May.
Teacher conducting an orchestra of students
close up of a student playing violin
Students playing xylophone

Photos by Steve Cohen of MPR, used with permission

MNYO Calendar 2022-23

2022-23 Printable Calendar

Important Dates

Fall 2022

October 1 – Auditions

October 22 – MEA (no rehearsal)

December 24 – 31 – Winter Break

January 27 – Performance at 7:30 at MacPhail (call time 6:30)

Spring 2023

March 11 – SAM graduation, no rehearsal

March 12 – SP Recital at MacPhail

April 3-7 – Spring Break

May 4 – Music Matters Luncheon

July 26-30 – Madeline Island Retreat

August 1 – National Night Out


Email Chi-Chi Bestmann

MNYO at Madeline Island

MNYO Faculty

MNYO depends on the generous contributions of individuals and the following foundations:

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