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!  This year we are back in person and will be rehearsing at the Ascension Catholic school again. Our rehearsals will be back to Saturdays from 1-3pm. We are looking forward to seeing old friends and hoping to meet new ones as well!

Audition Requirements

  1. A scale of your choosing (preferred two octaves if possible)
  2. A piece (2-3 minutes) you’re currently working on or something you’ve recently performed
  3. 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


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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